HIGGINS LAKE – The Higgins Lake-Roscommon Chamber of Commerce held its First Annual Chamber Awards Banquet Oct. 24.
The event, held at the new RAM Center building, saw double the attendance of previous years.
Chamber of Commerce Director Tracy Smith and Board President Curtis Norton handed out the awards. Chamber members nominated individual businesses for honors.
Awards and nominees:
Emerging Business Award
Awarded to a business member that has been in business no more than 2 years and has made outstanding contributions to our local community.
White Pine and Petals: Hands down the most creative person I know!! Thrilled to see Beth fix up an empty building and open a new business in downtown Roscommon!
The Bird and The Bear Grill: I love the events and activities they have added to their business!
St. Helen-Roscommon Monument: I am happy to see this longtime business under new ownership! … Absolutely beautiful workmanship!
Excellence in Business Award (1-10 employees)
Presented to a business member who displays overall outstanding contributions to the Chamber and/or the business community with 10 or less employees.
Fifth Street Wines: John has studied and really knows his products!
Jim’s Collision: This business and family has the community’s best interest at heart.
Made up North: Diane and her business are both a positive addition to the downtown Roscommon business environment.
Excellence in Business Award (11+ employees)
Presented to a business member who displays overall outstanding contributions to the Chamber and/or the business community with 11+ employees.
Family Fare: Continues to meet the needs of our community whether as a business or sponsor for many events.
Century 21 Northland: Great team to work with whether you are buying or selling a home.
Lear Corp: The community benefits from having this large of an employer among its businesses.
Community Outreach Award
Awarded to a non-profit organization which is a member of the chamber, in recognition of their outstanding support of the community.
Christmas in the Village: This long-time committee has helped children’s Christmas dreams come true for many years.
Friends of Lyon Township: Just WOW, they have done so much to improve the parks in Lyon Township in the few short years they have been in existence.
Roscommon Rotary: Roscommon Rotary has done so much for the Higgins Lake Roscommon area over the years, we owe them a significant thank you!
Shining Star Award
The Shining Star Award is given to the volunteer that goes above and beyond for the chamber and its director.
The Brook of Roscommon
The partnership award is chosen by the Higgins Lake Roscommon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
MULTI CHAMBER MEETING – The chambers of commerce from Roscommon, Houghton Lake and Grayling held a combined business after hours at Forest Dunes. The event was sponsored by Northland Credit Union and North Central Area Credit Union. About 100 people turned out for the event.
~ Photos by Mark Constance