• 2016 Minority Business Award Winners Celebrated at Luncheon

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    April 20, 2016

    Wednesday, April 20, 2016: The Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce recognized Rosemary Castro, Pro-Tax and Notary Services and Willie Watt, Escape Ministries at a luncheon at the Midtown Center on April 20.  Approximately 240 individuals were in attendance.

    The Minority Business of the Year: Rosemary Castro, owner of Pro-Tax and Notary Services, started her business out of her home with one receptionist.  As it grew, the company held the philosophy to provide very personalized service for their customers, with integrity and a strong desire to go the extra mile to ensure that client’s individual needs are met.  
    This award is chosen using the following criteria:
    • 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
    • Demonstrates strong financial stability
    The Minority Business Champion award was presented to Willie Watt, founder of Escape Ministries. He founded Escape Ministries in 2007, and strongly believes in the impact that minority businesses can provide to the local economy. His purpose here on earth is to use love and understanding to grow unity in the business community in Holland, as he works to improve the opportunities, and subsequently lives of the youth and high-risk individuals in our area.
    This award is chosen using the following criteria:
    • Must work for a West Coast Chamber member firm
    • Must promote or positively impact the minority business community
    • Must value diversity and promote appreciation of differences
    The West Coast Chamber would like to congratulate these recipients for their dedication and commitment to our business community.
    Liz Hoffswell, Vice President, Marketing
    (616) 392-2389

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