Muskegon’s Entrepreneurs of Excellence Announced

Chamber Blog |Apr 12, 2017|2 min read

The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce’s annual “E-Awards” recognize the lakeshore’s most innovative entrepreneurs. A luncheon event celebrating Muskegon’s entrepreneurial spirit will be held on April 19 to recognize eleven Entrepreneurs of Excellence that have made a lasting impact on the community. During the luncheon, one will be named Muskegon’s 2017 Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year.


The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce has a long history of recognizing innovative business leaders and has awarded an outstanding entrepreneur(s) each year since 1982. The awards program was recently rebranded and reinvented to better highlight the Lakeshore’s many successful entrepreneurs and showcase the rich foundation of entrepreneurial spirit in the Muskegon business community.


The 2017 Entrepreneurs of Excellence are:

• John and Besty McIntyre, Anderson Global

• Ed Babbitt, Babbitt’s Sports Center

• John Essex, CORE Realty

• Denise Kanaar, D & D Logistics

• Ed Dombrowski, Industrial Metal Cleaning Corporation

• Rob Riegler, Lakeside Surfaces

• David Bayne, Muskegon Awning & Fabrication

• David Ramos, Ramos & Sons Body Shop

• Craig Hindes, Scott Meats

• Randy Mulder, SERVPRO of Muskegon

• Kristi Kettler, Sparrow Boutique


The entrepreneurial stories of this year’s Entrepreneurs of Excellence will be shared at the Annual E-Awards Luncheon. These awardees are chosen by a committee comprised of past Entrepreneur Award winners.


Also hear from past Entrepreneur of Excellence, Kathleen Riegler, founder of The Cheese Lady. In 2004, Kathleen Riegler resigned from her job and decided she wanted to sell cheese at the Muskegon Farmer’s Market. In less than 3 weeks, she had a name, a license and a sign. The Cheese Lady now has 6 different locations and continues to grow.



What: E-Awards Luncheon Celebrating the Spirit of Entrepreneurship along the Muskegon Lakeshore.

When: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Where: Muskegon Country Club, 2801 Lakeshore Drive

Cost: $40/chamber members, $60/general admission, $325/corporate table of 8

About: Recognition of the lakeshore’s Entrepreneurs of Excellence, the announcement of Muskegon’s 2017 Outstanding Entrepreneur Award Winner and hear from past Entrepreneur of Excellence, Kathleen Riegler, founder of The Cheese Lady.

If you would like more information about the award, program, or to register for the event, contact the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce office at 231.722.3751 or visit