Among a crowd of approximately 350 attendees, the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce (GRACC) recognized the region's top businesses and individuals at its seventh annual EPIC Awards tonight.

Held at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Seventh Annual EPIC Awards honored a total of seven winners who were selected from seven distinct categories.    

"These are the people and organizations who are at the core of a remarkable business community by they ways they innovate, collaborate, grow and impact others, helping to create a thriving city," said Rick Baker, GRACC President & CEO. 

The categories, finalists and winners (IN BOLD) are:

Excellence in Business

Applied Imaging  (John Lowery)

Genius Phone Repair



Minority-Owned Business of the Year

El Granjero Mexican Grill (Paola Mendivil & Mercedes Duran-Lopez)

Audu Real Estate Inc.

JoJo's House of Beauty, Inc.


Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Sluggers Sports Academy, LLC  (Wesley Trimpe)

Capstone CPA Group PLLC

COM 616


Small Business of the Year

i-Chiro Clinics (Michael Kwast)

GR Auto Gallery

Onsite Wellness, LLC


Non-Profit of the Year

Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative (ELNC) (Nkechy Ekere Ezeh)

Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW)

Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation


Woman-Owned Business of the Year

Kennari Consulting (Sandi Frost Steensma)

E&M Design Solutions

Symplicity Communications, Inc.


Veteran-Owned Business of the Year

Honor Construction Inc. (Brad Laackman)

GMS Keeler Consulting Group, LLC


Courtesy: Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce