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Dec 16, 2023

Non-Profit Excellence

The Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber is announcing the nominees for their annual Business Recognition Awards Ceremony & Annual Meeting on Friday, February 16th.

“We continue to be in awe of the businesses and individuals nominated for our Recognition Awards,” said Arthur Havlicek, President & CEO of the Regional Chamber. “Their stories of growth, overcoming obstacles and passion for our community continues to inspire. We look forward to celebrating them and sharing their stories.”

The 2024 Award Nominees are:

Business Focused:
Best New Business
Eclectic Well-Being
Mighty Dog Roofing
Sticky Spoons Jam
The Swab Agency – Farm Bureau Insurance

Economic Impact Award
Express Employment Professionals
Indiana Michigan Power
Lane Automotive
Midwest Energy & Communications

Small Business of the Year Award
B&L Information Systems
Coloma/St. Joseph KOA Holiday
Hinman Counseling Services
Peat’s Cider Social

Non-Profit of the Year Award
Backpacks for Berrien
Krasl Art Center
LOGAN Autism Learning Center
Readiness Center
Silver Beach Center
Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency

Individual Focused:

Rising Star Award
Megan Gopp, The Adventure Agency
Justin “Juice” Koehneke, Watermark Brewing Company
Chokwe Pitchford, Berrien County Commissioner
Samantha Smith, Tranquil Tummy Confections
Matt Swab, The Swab Agency – Farm Bureau Insurance

· The Pat Moody Award

o Burt Pearson, Pearson Construction Company

o Anne Reitz, Caffe Tosi

o Roger Seely, Roger’s Foodland

o Jim “Jimbo” Shelton, Shelton’s Farm Market

‘The Pat Moody Award’ is named for MoodyOnTheMarket founder Pat Moody, who served as the Chamber’s fulltime executive director for over 20 years. It recognizes an individual or business who has made their mark in the business community through Leadership, Longevity, Customer Service and Community Service.

In keeping with tradition, the Chamber will also recognize one of their Ambassadors as their 2023 Ambassador of the Year.

The Annual Business Recognition Breakfast, Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony is the Chamber’s showcase event each year, spotlighting success on many fronts in the local business community. The event is presented by ABC 57 News, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Corewell Health, Honor Credit Union, Mid-West Family of Southwest Michigan, and

Tickets for the 2024 Business Recognition Breakfast Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony at the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center’s Grand Upton Hall are available online at Early Bird pricing of $55 each or $450 for a table of 10 runs through January 31st.

Attendees will hear a special Keynote from internationally acclaimed leadership speaker, Wall Street Journal bestselling author, and creator of the renowned TEDTalk “Everyday Leadership – The Lollipop Moment”, Drew Dudley. In addition to Dudley’s keynote, attendees will hear a full Chamber update including recognizing the Chamber’s 70th anniversary, and the presentation of the 2024 Business Recognition Awards. Awards will be once again determined via live voting by attendees during the first half of the event.

“In addition to recognizing our much-deserved businesses, non-profits, and individuals, we look forward to honoring our 70th anniversary with everyone in attendance,” adds Havlicek. “We hope to make this one of the best events of the year and welcome the community to join us as we celebrate our legacy and cement our future in Southwest Michigan.”

Business Recognition Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony Sponsors:

ABC 57 News, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Corewell Health, Honor Credit Union, Mid-West Family Southwest Michigan,, Comcast Business, Horizon Bank, Sturgis Bank & Trust St. Joseph Banking Center, 1st Source Bank, Combined Insurance Agency / Auto-Owners Insurance, Hungerford Nichols CPAs + Advisors, Jelliefish Productions, JV Studios, Kruggel Lawton CPA, Oldham Production House, Indiana Michigan Power, South Shore Health & Racquet Club, and United Federal Credit Union

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