Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber Announces Business Recognition Award nominees

Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber Announces Business Recognition Award nominees, Ticket Sales and Keynote Speaker


The Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber is proud to announce the nominees for their annual 2022 Business Recognition Breakfast, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Honor Credit Union, on February 24th.

“This year’s incredible slate of nominees each found a way to thrive despite the many constraints still impacting our local economy,” said Arthur Havlicek, President & CEO of the Regional Chamber. “We look forward to celebrating their success and sharing their stories with Southwest Michigan at this signature event.”

The 2022 Award Nominees are:


Business Focused:


  • Best New Business
    • The Brick House
    • Dallas Commercial Cleaning
    • Happy Poochie
    • Local Pour
    • The Market
    • State Street Meats


  • Economic Impact Award
    • B&L Information Systems
    • GT Independence
    • United Federal Credit Union


  • Small Business of the Year Award
    • Advanced Family Eye Care
    • LEO + LAINE
    • MailMax
    • Waterfront Framing & Design


  • Non-Profit Excellence Award
    • Berrien County Historical Association
    • Citizens Mediation Services
    • Junior Achievement
    • Region IV Area Agency on Aging


Individual Focused:


  • Rising Star Award
    • Rhiannon Cizon, Berrien County Historical Association
    • Chris Mason, Watermark Brewing
    • Nick Shelton, City of Niles Mayor & Shelton’s Farm Market
    • Ashley Slack, Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency


·       The Pat Moody Award

o   Bob Burch, Sturgis Bank & Trust

o   Gayle Olson, Mid-West Family Southwest Michigan

o   Roger & Pam Seely, Roger’s Foodland


In keeping with tradition, the Chamber will also recognize one of their 14 Ambassadors as their 2021 Ambassador of the Year.

The Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber will host the2022 Business Recognition Breakfast Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony at the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center’s Grand Upton Hall on Thursday February 24th at 7:00 a.m. The event will be held in full accordance with CDC guidelines and will include a simulcast option for those who wish to attend virtually.

Tickets for both in-person and virtual attendance will go on sale Monday, January 10th at 10:00 a.m. at

Attendees will hear a special Keynote from new President & CEO of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Jim Holcomb, which will include an economic outlook for 2022. Holcomb first joined the Michigan Chamber in 2008 to lead its Business Advocacy Team which he designed, coordinated and implemented strategies to enact the Chamber’s legislative agenda and advance policies. From there, he jumped to Executive Vice President and General Counsel, then in January of 2022 Holcomb officially assumed the role of President & CEO. During his tenure at the Michigan Chamber, Holcomb is credited with strengthening Michigan’s business and economic competitiveness and has earned the Chamber repeated top honors as the “Most Effective Association” in a biennial survey of Michigan capital insiders.

Business Recognition Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony Sponsors:

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Honor Credit Union, Comcast Business, Mid-West Family Southwest Michigan,, 1st Source Bank, Lake Michigan College Mendel Center, and United Federal Credit Union.


About Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber

The Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber member-driven organization working to achieve economic prosperity throughout the region, by leveraging every available resource within our network for the advancement of our members and the betterment of all who live and work in our community.