The Annual Celebration & Awards is the networking event of the year where businesses and individuals are celebrated for their achievements and contributions to the Chamber and our community.
Attendees will also receive brief important updates from the Chamber and will enjoy dinner, drinks and more.
Community Partner of the Year Award
Recognizes a business, organization or public agency that has demonstrated a commitment to work to address and solve basic needs within our communities.
Small Business Achievement Award - sponsored by West Michigan Works!
The SMALL BUSINESS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD recognizes a business member that is a locally owned company doing business for at least 5 years. The small business should operate at a level that inspires others and exhibits vision that goes beyond ?business as usual.? The award winner will demonstrate success and exceptional performance in business practices, customer service and community involvement.
Large Business Achievement Award The Large Business Achievement Award recognizes a business member that has demonstrated excellence in business affairs, while adding to the quality of life in the greater Ionia area. This award can be given to an individual or business that, through creativity, perseverance and innovation have excelled in their efforts to create jobs, products and opportunities for their employees.
Nonprofit of the Year Award The Nonprofit of the Year Award recognizes A 501(c)3 organization that demonstrates excellence in providing a service to our community and/or in advocating, enabling, and empowering an underserved, underrepresented or disadvantaged population in our area.
Emerging Business of the Year Award The Emerging Business of the Year Award recognizes a business member that is a relatively new, ?Up and Coming? business. This award was designed to encourage entrepreneurs who have been in business less than five years but more than two years and therefore do not qualify for the Small Business or Large Business Achievement Awards. The Emerging Business Award recognizes that starting a business requires a unique blend of vision, energy, perseverance and talent. It is given to businesses that have demonstrated a creative business approach, proven success and positive impact on the local community.
The Business POTY (Person of the Year) The Business Person of the Year Award is given to a Chamber member or employee of a member who actively encourages and perpetuates business innovation, freely shares ideas and opinions regarding business issues and is a catalyst for the future of business. The dedication and commitment this individual has shown to the business community has significantly improved the image, character and business climate of the greater Ionia area.
Citizen of the Year Each year, the Ionia Area Chamber of Commerce celebrates the dedication and commitment of community members that give their time, energy and talent to make the greater Ionia area a special place to live, work and play. One citizen is recognized with the Citizen of the Year award.
The Citizen of the Year receives a place of honor in the Hometown Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony.