Awards: Thinking Big and Being Great Lakeshore Athena
Small Business Person of the Year
Each year the Chamber selects a member business to be the Small Business Person of the Year. Nominees must have been in business for at least five years and exemplify the best of small business in our community. Nominees are judged based on an outstanding and growing business; innovative product(s), increasing jobs, increasing sales, overcoming adversity, and community contributions in the greater Holland/Zeeland community.
Business Leadership Award
This award recognizes an outstanding Chamber member for being a great employer who gives back to the community, invests in its facilities and its employees, and has a positive history of job growth and retention. Two of these prestigious awards are given each fall at the annual meeting of the West Coast Chamber. One is presented to a member employer who has 100 or more employees and the other award goes to a member with 99 or less employees.
Minority Business Awards
Each year the Chamber recognizes a Minority Business of the Year and a Minority Business Champion. We reach out to our members for nominations of businesses and individuals whose personal efforts make a difference. It's an opportunity to embrace diversity, celebrate local businesses and honor companies who exemplify leadership and success in our community.
Minority Business of the Year requirements: Must be a member of the West Coast Chamber, must be a minority owned business, must have been in business for at least 3 years, and demonstrates strong financial stability.
Minority Business Champion requirements: Must work for a West Coast Chamber member firm, must promote or positively impact the minority business community, and must value diversity and promote appreciation of differences.
Lakeshore Athena Awards
Traditional Lakeshore ATHENA Award: Presented annually to recognize individuals who actively assist women in realizing their full leadership potential.
Lakeshore Young Professional Leadership Award: Presented annually to recognize individuals who clearly serve as a role model for young women personally and professionally. The nominee must be 40 years old or younger.
Lakeshore ATHENA Scholarship: A cash award given to assist non-traditional women students pursuing advanced training and educational opportunities. Over the last 10 years, over $30,000 has been awarded!
The Lakeshore ATHENA Award is a joint program of the Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce, the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, and The Chamber of Grand Haven, Spring Lake, and Ferrysburg.