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The business landscape of Grand Rapids is thriving with professionals pushing the boundaries of excellence -- eager entry-level newcomers to executives and entrepreneurs -- all of whom are worthy to be celebrated. At the Grand Rapids Chamber, we enjoy highlighting the individual members and organizations making our community an inclusive and inviting place to live, work and play. Check out our annual awards programs below!


In ATHENA, we’ve found meaningful connections in a professional network. ATHENA makes our community stronger by elevating women’s leadership, building a sense of belonging and providing a space for each other. This is why we celebrate.

  • Grand Rapids Chamber ATHENA Eileen DeVries Scholarship Program
  • Young ATHENA Leadership Award
  • ATHENA Leadership Award

EPIC Awards

Entrepreneurial. Progressive. Innovative. Collaborative.
The Grand Rapids Chamber celebrates the achievements of our exceptional businesses and individuals who are driving regional and statewide growth.

  • Excellence in Business
  • Minority-Owned Business of the Year
  • Non-Profit of the Year
  • Small Business of the Year
  • Veteran-Owned Business of the Year
  • Woman-Owned Business of the Year
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Center for Community Leadership Awards

The Grand Rapids Chamber Center for Community Leadership programs equip talented professionals with intensive training, active networks and meaningful resources to shape their careers, innovate within their companies and engage in community change.

  • Distinguished Community Trustee Award
  • Uncommon Greatness Award
  • Create GReat Collaboration Award

Diversity Visionary Awards

The Diversity Visionary Award categories have expanded to recognize multiple employers -- small and large -- who are making organizational strides in diversity and inclusion. The award criteria measures achievement in five categories: Leadership Commitment, Diverse Talent, Internal Processes, Diverse Supply Chain, and Community Engagement. Applicants that score in the top three tiers will receive a Diversity Visionary Award designation and will be celebrated at the Summit.