Seven businesses that went above and beyond helping the community during the onset of the pandemic were recently honored by the Chamber in its annual Celebration of Members.
 
While state mandates prevented the organization from holding its fall dinner, which typically draws more than 100 business leaders, the award presentations were videotaped, now appearing on the Chamber’s Facebook page. 
 
“Certainly these are unprecedented times,” said Kim MacGregor, Chamber president of Edward Jones. “However, we have persevered and we have some stories to tell.”
 
In the introductory video MacGregor cited Lifestyle Nutrition, which delivered nutritional shakes to first responders; internet companies’ expanded service to aid remote school instruction; bankers who put in extra hours to bring the business community COVID lending; landlords who forgave rent long before they were forced to do so; and people like Joan Lyons, the Mayor’s wife, who was one of the large benefactors of the Chamber’s Buy One, Get One Free Gift Card Program.
 
“Rather than listening to all the madness around us, it feels good to celebrate those within our community, who have stepped forward during the pandemic to help others,” MacGregor said.
Award winners included: Dowagiac Department of Public Safety, Honor Credit Union, Janel’s Industries, Lyons Industries, Wolverine Mutual Insurance, and dual recipients Midwest Energy & Communications and Wrights’ Farm Market.

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