Chamber Announces Keynote Speakers for 2019 Small Business Award Breakfast

Dennis and Mat Dinsmore to Help Celebrate Small Business on May 23

The Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the father-son duo Dennis and Mat Dinsmore with Wilbur’s Total Beverage will keynote the 2019 Small Business of the Year Awards Breakfast on May 23 at The Drake Centre, 802 W. Drake Road.

The morning will include the keynote presentation, a celebration of small business contributions in the community and an award presentation of the 2019 Small Business of the Year in the following categories: Small (1-10 employees); Medium (11-50 employees); Large (51-200 employees) and New Kid on the Block (a company that has been in business for less than three years).

The Dinsmore family has owned and operated Wilbur’s for more than 18 years, focusing on providing exceptional customer service, competitive pricing, quality beverages and a family-oriented environment. Wilbur’s has been recognized as a Brown-Forman’s best retailer in the state of Colorado, a Beverage Dynamics Cover and Market Watch Lender.

“Wilbur’s is a perfect example of how successful business is done in the community and Dennis and Mat will certainly relate to the small business audience. We are excited to have these business leaders speak about their experiences and provide insight on what it is like to run a successful business,” said Ann Hutchison, Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President.

Tickets for the Small Business Award Breakfast are $25 for individual members, $35 for non-members and a table of 8 for $200. Tickets can be purchased online here or by calling 970-482-3746.

Finalists for the 2019 Small Business of the Year Awards will be announced next week. More than 70 nominations were received this year. Businesses are judged on community involvement and stewardship, commitment to good business practices, overall business growth and innovation, and workplace culture and employee relations.

The 2018 Small Business of the Year were:

  • Small (1-10 employees): RJ’s AMAZING Entertainment, LLC
  • Medium (11-50 employees): Colorado Iron & Metal, Inc.
  • Large (51-200 employees) is Neuworks Mechanical, Inc.
  • New Kid on the Block: Elevate Chiropractic.

The 2019 Small Business of the Year program is supported by:

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

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