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Business Awards Gala

This is a time to celebrate OUR Manistee County businesses and business professionals! An elegant semi-formal evening starts with a networking cocktail hour paired with appetizers, followed by dinner, dessert, and the awards program. Finally, for those that want more, it is wrapped up with a festive after-party!

NOMINATIONS CLOSED

The Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Business Awards sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan recognizes individuals, businesses, and organizations that have made significant contributions to the Chamber of Commerce, the business community, and to the quality of life in Manistee County. The winner will be announced on Friday, March 18th at the Awards Gala event.

LARGE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR 

This award recognizes a business, in good standing with the Chamber that has demonstrated success and innovation over the years and especially within 2021.  They provide a quality product or service and conduct their business with professionalism and integrity. Must be in business 3 + years.

Winner: Blarney Castle Oil & Propane

Finalist:

  • Meijer 279
  • Amptech, Inc. 
  • Blarney Castle Oil & Propane
  • Packaging Corporation of America 

Sponsored By: Cape Air 

SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

This award recognizes a business, in good standing with the Chamber that has demonstrated success and innovation over the years and especially within 2021.  They provide a quality product or service and conduct their business with professionalism and integrity. Must be in business 3 + years.

Winner: Manistee Beverage Company

Finalist: 

  • Manistee Beverage Company
  • North Channel Brewing Co. 
  • Manistee National Golf & Resort

Sponsored By: Shelby State Bank 

COMMUNITY ACTION AWARD

This award recognizes a business, organization, or person with our community who has selflessly gone above and beyond to devote time, energy, and expertise in voluntary services to and for the betterment of our community of Manistee County.

Winner: Stomp Out Cancer

Finalist:

  • Manistee Proud
  • Stomp Out Cancer
  • Mary Wahr & Lynn Williams 
  • Munson Manistee Healthcare Workers

Sponsored By: Boyer Agency 

BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR

This award recognizes a business leader in our community who is in good standing and actively participates with the chamber and goes above and beyond for the Manistee County. All parties must approve and accept this nomination. 

Winner: Lindsey Swidorski (The Ramsdell Inn and TJ's Pub)

Finalist:

  • Lindsey Swidorski (The Ramsdell Inn and TJ's Pub)
  • Patty Preuss (Filer Credit Union)
  • Scott Ward (West Shore Community College)
  • Brian Gutowski (Manistee County Sheriff's Department)

Sponsored By: 4Front 

EMERGING BUSINESS

This award recognizes a new business that has opened within the last 1-3 years. They have shown entrepreneurial spirit, provide a quality product or service and conduct their business with professionalism and integrity. 

Winner: Manistee Harbor Tours 

Finalist:

  • Authentic 231
  • Port City Emporium 
  • Manistee Harbor Tours 

Sponsored By: Peterson McGregor 

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