REED CITY — A small city like Reed City thrives on individuals and businesses who go the extra mile to make their community a better place, and the Reed City Area Chamber of Commerce seeks to honor them each year at the Michigan Week Dinner.

This year's event will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, at Reed City High School. Dinner will be offered by Pere Marquette Catering and feature a main dish, sides, desserts and beverages. The cost to attend is $25.

"It's a nice gathering to celebrate and I encourage everyone to come and attend," said chamber executive director Suzie Williams. "It's a positive experience. You come away feeling really good about Reed City and its accomplishments and you learn a lot about what's going on."

The highlight of the event, however, is recognizing those in the city who have made an extra effort to help others. The chamber accepted nominations for Business and Citizen of the Year awards through mid-April, and a committee looked through each one, using a point system to determine the winners.

The Citizen of the Year award will be given to an individual who has made a positive impact on Reed City, and lives, works or volunteers in the city. Business of the Year will be awarded to an established, for-profit company that shows evidence of contributions to community-oriented projects.

"It's always fun to find out who receives Citizen of the Year and Business of the Year, and we look forward to their reactions," Williams added. "Sometimes you learn new things about the people who win."

A Student of the Year award also will be presented to a local teen, along with an update on the city's projects from Reed City Manager Ron Howell.