Courtesy FireKeepers
NHBP Tribal Council Treasurer Christine Lanning, Hotel Vice President Kathy George, NHBP Tribal Council Chairman Homer A. Mandoka

FireKeepers Wins Large Business of the Year Award


FireKeepers' substantial contributions to the local Battle Creek, Michigan, economy and demonstration of "best practices" earned the casino resort, owned by the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, the Large Business of the Year award. The honor was given by the Battle Creek Chamber of Commerce at its Annual Business Excellence Awards. Other award categories included Small Business of the Year, Start-Up Business of the Year and the Workplace Wellness Program Award, for which the Nottawaseppi Huron Band was nominated.

Community leaders turned out for the May 18 ceremony.

"We are proud to be part of the Battle Creek community and we are thrilled to receive this award from the Battle Creek Chamber of Commerce," said FireKeepers CEO and President Brian Decorah. "We accept this award on behalf of our 1,650 Team Members who helped us to earn this recognition, and we look forward to increased involved in support of the community in the years to come."

FireKeepers additionally took the opportunity to recognize and applaud their fellow nominees in the Large Business category: City of Battle Creek, LifeCare Ambulance, Old National Bank, and Omni Community Credit Union. 

FireKeepers Casino Hotel, located just off Interstate 94 at Exit 104 in Battle Creek, has also been named Best Casino by audiences in Western Michigan and Northern Indiana, plus earned 9 first place awards in the Casino Player Magazine Best of Gaming 2015 Native Midwest category, including Best Overall Gaming Resort. FireKeepers was also selected one of the Best Casinos to Work For by Casino Player Magazine. Our signature restaurant, Nibi, is a multiple recipient of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. The property features 2,900 slot machines, 70 table games, a live poker room and bingo room. FireKeepers offers a AAA-rated Four Diamond resort-style hotel with 243 rooms, a functional multi-purpose event center, six distinctive dining destinations, and multiple lounges. FireKeepers is the title sponsor of the FireKeepers Casino 400, a Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway, and host of the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship a Symetra Tour-Road to the LPGA golf event.  For more information visit

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