Chamber Annual Meeting
The Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting Thursday, January 25, 2018 at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center, located at 1005 Perry Avenue in Big Rapids. Attendees to this meeting and awards banquet heard presentations from Big Rapids Mayor Tom Hogenson, former MCACC Board President Jeff Godfrey, and Kim Von Kronenberger, Community President of Chemical Bank, sponsor of this year’s event. Programming and Events Coordinator Megan Eppley outlined the chamber’s new engagement initiative, and Executive Director Jennifer Heinzman discussed the coming year’s projects and goals for the chamber of commerce.
Several awards were presented to area businesses and community members. In honor of her hard work and dedication in expanding to create a second location, while also renovating her existing location, Nawal Braden-Swart was named Entrepreneur of the Year. Lee Johnson, of Johnson’s Automotive and Goodwell Automotive, was presented with the first ever Community and Business Leader of the Year award for his devotion to the community and integrity in his businesses. And finally, Lerner, Csernai, and Fath Financial Group received the distinction of being named Small Business of the Year, in recognition of their continued support of the community and consistent growth to meet the needs of an ever-changing financial market. Tammy Weaver, of Sears Appliance and Hardware, was presented with the Volunteer of the Year Award previously at the 2017 Holiday Gala on December 1, 2017.
The MCACC thanks all members and community members that were able to attend this year’s Annual Meeting and appreciate the support that Mecosta County provides to our Chamber.
We look forward to the coming year!