Celebrating Small Business

Last week we celebrated small business and honored some of the best in the area at the annual Small Business of the Year Award Breakfast.

Small businesspeople make the world go ‘round. Their passion to serve customers everyday means we have access to services and products we need. And, in the process of doing so they provide jobs, add to the tax base and give back to the community in innumerable ways.

For more on the importance of small business in our state and around the nation, check out the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2018 Small Business Profile- Colorado that “gathers the latest federal data into state-by-state snapshots of small business health and economic activity.” The SBA also put together an interesting infographic on “What’s New with Small Business.”

Thank you to our 2019 sponsors who also believe and support small business, and helped underwrite the breakfast event:

Silver Sponsors: BizWest Media, Elevations Credit Union and LOCALiQ

Bronze Sponsors: Aspen Grove Veterinary Care, Dutch Bros Northern Colorado, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, KRFC 88.9 FM Radio Fort Collins, Mantooth Marketing, Total Facility Care and Williamson & Co P.C

Supporting Sponsors: AlphaGraphics, Front Range Event Rental and Sign-A-Rama

Here is another look at the 2019 Small Business of the Year finalists:

Small Business of the Year (1-10 employees): Pinot’s Palette Sip & Paint Studio, Technical Framework and Your True Nature

Medium Business of the Year (11-50 employees): Ability Home Health Care, All Star Cleaning Services and Houska Automotive Services

Finalist in Large Business of the Year (51-200 employees): Charco Broiler Restaurant

New Kid on the Block (business in operation for less than three years): Facetté Total Beauty Total Wellness, Junk King Fort Collins/Boulder and Snack Attack Specialty Sandwiches & Brews

Congratulations and thank you to this year’s winners and all the small businesses in our area. Thank you for adding so much to our community.