Tuesday night was a very special celebration at the Meijer Gardens.  Seventeen area businesses and individuals were vying for six awards at the third annual EPIC Awards, an event hosted by the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce May 16.

I had the honor of being emcee for the event, and help honor successful businesses in the Greater Grand Rapids Area.

The EPIC Awards (which stands for Entrepreneurial, Progressive, Innovative and Collaborative) recognizes businesses and individuals that support the community, demonstrate growth, are innovative, and have worked with others as mentors and collaborators.

The crowd of nearly 450 guests was on the edge of their seats as the recipients were revealed!  And, the winners were.....

Woman-Owned Business of the Year
Busy Bea's Services

Small Business of the Year
SecurAlarm Systems, Inc.

Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Ryan Cook, Snap Fitness

Minority-Owned Business of the Year
Achievement Resources, LLC

Non-Profit of the Year Award
YWCA of West Central Michigan

Excellence in Business Award
Michigan Blood

Congratulations to all the Finalists and 2012 Award Recipients!