Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce Announces Winners of the 2014 Small Business of the Year Awards

May 21, 2014 | Chamber News

The Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce announced today the winners of its 2014 Small Business of the Year Awards, which recognize small businesses for their outstanding workplace culture, employee relations and community contributions. The winner for the small category (0-10 employees) is Mantooth Marketing Company; winner for the medium category (11-50 employees) is Aspen Grove Veterinary Care, and the winner for the large category (51-200 employees) is Green Ride Colorado. Winners were honored at the Celebrating Small Business Awards & Luncheon event on May 21, 2014 at the Fort Collins Marriott.

“Small businesses are a driving force in our community’s economy,” said David May, President of the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce. “These awards give us the opportunity to acknowledge their achievements as well as give other small businesses the opportunity to learn from them.”

Winner in the small category, Mantooth Marketing Company, a full-service public relations and marketing firm acknowledges their formula for success to consist of a positive attitude, proactive team members and like-minded clients. They are a company that has been built on strong client relationships and nurturing relationships that ultimately help the community. For instance, Mantooth Marketing takes the time to mentor women new to the area and help them to get involved in the community.

Aspen Grove Veterinary Care, the winner of the medium category, is a state-of-the-art, full-service animal hospital and pet boarding facility. Owners Bobby and Jaime Cawthron understand that strong staff relations are as important as client relations. They always make sure employees know they are appreciated and serve to inspire one another. A chalk wall in the break room that lets staff write encouraging notes to one another is just one way that appreciation is shown.

Large category winner, Green Ride Colorado, was established in 2008 and is a locally owned shared ride airport shuttle company. Green Ride Colorado leads by example. Their strategy is to empower great employees with positive energy and a “can do” environment. They encourage their employees to contribute to the growth of the company and the community. Green Ride Colorado employees are paid one day of wages annually to support a local non-profit of their choice as just one example.

The Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce is the leading membership-based organization in northern Colorado, dedicated to helping businesses succeed. Investing in the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce puts members in contact with more than 1,050 business owners and managers in the market. For more than 100 years, the Fort Collins Area Chamber has influenced efforts to maintain and grow the business community in Fort Collins. For more information about the Chamber call (970) 482-3746 or visit