Announcing the Finalists of the 11th Annual EPIC Awards Gala

Announcing the Finalists of the 11th Annual EPIC Awards Gala

EPIC: Entrepreneurial, Progressive, Innovative, and Collaborative.

Each year, the EPIC Awards Gala recognizes the biggest talent and leaders in the region, celebrating those who foster community growth, demonstrate innovation, and champion alongside others as mentors and collaborators. Nominated by their peers, the recipients of the EPIC Awards are determined through a rigorous process and selected by community trustees for their contributions.

The recipients of each award will not be announced until the night of the event, so join us for this premier business celebration and be the first to hear who will receive these esteemed awards! Meet the finalists below!


Small Business of the Year

Ageless Beauty
Echelbarger, Himebaugh, Tamm & Co., P.C. (EHTC)
Pure Architects

Non-Profit of the Year

Comprehensive Therapy Center
In The Image
Treetops Collective

Creative Business of the Year

Grand Rapids Ballet
Oh, Hello Companies
Ozone Films

Minority-Owned Business of the Year

La Fuente Consulting, LLC
Management Business Solutions
Pure Architects

Veteran-Owned Business of the Year

Wimage, LLC

Woman-Owned Business of the Year

Gold Coast Doulas, LLC
Hire For Hope, LLC
La Fuente Consulting, LLC

Emerging Leader of the Year

Shaquille Anthony | Senior Talent Engagement Specialist, Spartan Nash
Jessa Challa | Co-CEO and Software Engineer, Mallowfields
Sylvia Nyamuhungu | Michigan Refugee Community Organizer, Americorps, Bethany Christian Services

DEI Champion Recognition – Leader of the Year

Ovell Barbee | Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Diversity Officer, Spectrum Health
Jessa Challa | Co-CEO and Software Engineer, Mallowfields
Mandice McAllister | Diversity, Equity, + Inclusion Coordinator and Resource Analyst, Warner Norcross + Judd LLP

DEI Champion Recognition – Organization of the Year

AHC Hospitality
Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc.
Open Systems Technologies, Inc. (OST)

LGBTQIA Champion Recognition – Organization of the Year

Camp Blodgett
Health Net of West Michigan
The Mitten Brewing Company

Excellence in Business

Acrisure, LLC
Autocam Medical
Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing


The recipients from each category will be announced the night of the event! Join us at the 11th Annual EPIC Awards Gala and be the first to congratulate the excellent leaders in our community!

Monday, October 25
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
JW Marriott Grand Rapids: International Ballroom
Members: $80 / Non-Members: $110


Event Sponsors

Premier Sponsor

132nd Annual Meeting 27

Event Underwriters

West Michigan CEO Summit 31    OutPro 14

Award Sponsors

 Breakfast with Legislators 62  The Chamber Open 80  11th Annual EPIC Awards Gala 2Chamber and the Arts After Hours 2

Print Sponsor

ATHENA Leadership Forum 35

Technology Sponsor

Diversity & Talent Series 1

Finalist Reception Sponsor

11th Annual EPIC Awards Gala 4

After Glow Sponsor

Diversity & Talent Series 15

Chamber Champion

Diversity & Talent Series 12


Interested in sponsoring the 11th Annual EPIC Awards Gala? Please contact Omar Cuevas to learn more.


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