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Lievense top Small Business Person
Rich Lievense was named the 2010 Small Business Person of the Year last week by the Holland Area Chamber of Commerce.
Lievense, according to the Chamber, is the founder, president and CEO of Lake Michigan Financial Corp., the holding company of the Bank of Holland and Bank of Northern Michigan.
According to Michael Hill, chair of the Chamber’s Small Business Committee, Lievense was chosen because “he has managed to build a team and a business that continues to flourish in a crowded and challenging industry, especially and most importantly during the recent economic downturn.”
Lievense founded Lake Michigan Financial in 1998 and Bank of Holland the same year. The Bank of Northern Michigan was opened in 2000.
Nominees for the honor are judged on the basis of their record of successes in their field and on efforts to provide employment in the greater Holland area.