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Awards & Honors

Aug 18th 2017

Grand Hotel voted Best Historic Hotel by USA Today Readers

The Grand Hotel was one of 20 nominees selected by USA Today staff and a panel of industry experts. Final selection was determined by public vote by readers around the U.S. Travel + Leisure Magazine, and TripAdvisor have also honored recently honored the hotel.

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Jul 15th 2017

Detroit Chef Wins Food Network 'Chopped' Competition

Crystal Smith, a Bayview Yacht Club pastry chef, was encouraged to apply and audition by her sous chef and former boss, leading her to a $10,000 victory.

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Jun 25th 2017

Gluten Free Bar Earns Michigan's 1st 'Rising Star Award'

The Grand Rapids maker of The Gluten Free Bar is the first-ever recipient of the Michigan export "Rising Star Award" from the Michigan Dept. of Agriculture and Rural Development. The inaugural award was created to recognize a company new to exporting or just starting to increase exports into one or more countries.

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Jun 19th 2017

MI Beer Named Best in the World

American Homebrew Association's Zymurgy magazine has named Bell's Two-Hearted Ale as the No. 1 beer in America. Founders' Breakfast Stout (3), Bell's Hopslam (5) and Founders KBS (6) are also in the top 10. Founders' All-Day IPA is just outside the top 10 at No. 13.

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Jun 12th 2017

Detroit's Urban Beach Project Wins $225,700 in National Grant Competition

The Atwater Beach project, pitched by The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, was named the winner in the Knight Cities Challenge. The $225,700 grant makes the project closer to becoming a reality.

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May 22nd 2017

22 Michigan Hotels & Restaurants Earn 4 Diamond Rating in 2017

22 Michigan hotels and restaurants made the AAA Four Diamond list this year. Newcomers include the Greektown Casino-Hotel and Hotel Walloon.

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May 22nd 2017

22 Michigan Hotels & Restaurants Earn 4 Diamond Rating in 2017

22 Michigan hotels and restaurants made the AAA Four Diamond list this year. Newcomers include the Greektown Casino-Hotel and Hotel Walloon.

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May 02nd 2017

MI Brewer Wins 2 Gold Medals in West Coast Competition

The Cedar Springs Brewing Co. won gold medals for its "Kusterer Heller Weissbier"and its "Kusterer Weizenbock" at the 2017 Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competition. The West Michigan brewery won the medals in the "South German Style Wheat Ale" category and the "South German Style Hefeweizen" category at the show.

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May 01st 2017

Grand Rapids Among Best Large Cities in U.S. to Start a Business

According to a study released by Wallethub, a personal finance website, on Monday, May 1, West Michigan's signature city is the fifth best large city to start a business in the U.S. Analysts compared startup opportunities that exist in the 150 most populated U.S. cities using 18 key metrics.

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Apr 21st 2017

Grand Rapids Named One of the Top 10 Craft Spirits Tourism Destinations

Travelocity and the American Distilling Institute, named Grand Rapids as one of the Top 10 Craft Spirits Tourism Destinations in America. The city is home to Bier Distillery, Grand Traverse Distillery, Gray Skies Distillery, Long Road Distillers and New Holland Brewing’s Knickerbocker Brewpub & Distillery.

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Apr 17th 2017

WalletHub Names Holland Top Small City to Start a Business

To determine the most business-friendly small markets in the U.S., WalletHub’s analysts compared more than 1,200 small-sized cities across 16 key metrics. The data set ranges from average growth in number of small businesses to investor access to labor costs.

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Apr 06th 2017

7 Michigan Distilleries Collect Total of 28 Awards at Spirit Competition

Seven Michigan distilleries were honored with 28 individual awards in a variety of categories at the American Distilling Institute’s 11th Annual Spirits Competition in Baltimore, Maryland. Over 800 spirits from around the world were entered into the ADI Judging, all from independently owned distilleries.

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Mar 30th 2017

Founders Wins March Madness-Style Craft Brew Tournament

Founders Brewing Company was crowned America's top craft brewery in a 32-entry craft brew bracket compiled by USA Today's "For the Win." Craft-beer lovers around the country voted on the bracket throughout the month of March in conjunction with the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

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