The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce and the Convention and Visitors Bureau on Nov. 9 honored local businesses and hospitality providers for their contributions to the well-being and success of the region in 2017.

Nineteen awards were presented at the sold-out gala held at the Flint Institute of Arts. The recipients on hand to accept the awards were:

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In addition, Tom Gores, Detroit Pistons Owner and Platinum Equity CEO, was awarded the Robert P. Gerholz Award; and Amber Taylor, Owner of Taylor Health & Wellness, was named the Certified Tourism Ambassador of the Year. Gores and Taylor were unable to attend the awards' celebration.