Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce Announces Finalists For 2017 Small Business of the Year Awards

May 10, 2017 | Chamber News

The Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce has announced 12 finalists for the 2017 Small Business of the Year Awards. Finalists were selected from four different categories including businesses with 1-10 employees, 11-50 employees, 51-200 employees, and New Kid on the Block, celebrating businesses in operation for less than three years. The 2017 Small Business of the Year Awards will be presented on Thursday, May 25, 2017, at 7:30 a.m. at The Drake Center.

The breakfast will feature keynote speaker, Mark Driscoll, Colorado Market President for First National Bank.   Mark joined First National Bank in 1980. During his tenure at the bank, he has served various management and lending roles, and most recently as President of First National Bank’s Colorado locations. In addition, Mark worked at Colorado State University for seven years – four years as assistant football coach and three years as Director of Athletics. He currently serves on many not-for-profit boards. Mark received his B.A. in Business Administration and M.B.A. from Colorado State University. The finalists for the 2016 Small Business of the Year Awards are:

For the small company category (1-10 employees):

  • OnSight Auto Glass – a family-owned certified auto glass company with trained, experienced professionals
  • Vern’s Toffee House – a family-owned and operated maker of award-winning butter almond toffee, distributed across the United States

For the medium company category (11-50 employees):

  • Colorado In Motion – a locally owned business bringing decades of clinical experience together in the physical therapy, occupational therapy, and the industrial health industry
  • Flexx Productions – an event rental company providing tents and seasoned expertise for events of any size
  • Vaught Frye Larson Architects, Inc. – a full capacity architectural firm offering comprehensive design, planning and management services
  • Workspace Innovations – a full service commercial interiors and relocation company

For the large company category (51-200 employees):

  • Forney Industries – a nationwide leader in the distribution of metal working and welding products into the retail and industrial markets
  • Neuworks Mechanical, Inc. – providing commercial and residential services for new construction, remodels, and maintaining current systems
  • Women’s Clinic – an OB/GYN medical practice focused on women’s health issues and quality of life.

For the New Kid on the Block category (business in operation for less than three years):

  • Elevate Chiropractic – a chiropractic office specializing in advanced, neurologically based corrective care for the whole family
  • Senior Life Solutions – an in-home service provider enhancing the quality of life of older adults and those who care for them in northern Colorado through professional care management and counseling services
  • Valimenta Labs – a nano-technology contract manufacturing company in the dietary supplement, animal feed, food and drink markets

The Small Business of the Year event kicks off a day of celebrating local small businesses and will continue with the annual Business After Hours Tradeshow from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m., also at The Drake Center, 802 W Drake Rd.

Tickets for the awards breakfast are now available for purchase for $25 for individual members, $35 for non-members or $250 for a table of 10. Click here to purchase tickets!

Booth space is also available for the After Hours Tradeshow and both can be purchased at or by calling (970) 482-3746.

The Small Business of the Year Awards are underwritten by First National Bank, Kaiser Permanente, Adams Bank & Trust, Blue Federal Credit Union, Comcast, Hunt, Spillman & Associates, P.C., Mantooth Company, Total Facility Care, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Sign-A-Rama.