The South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce will honor local business leaders and entrepreneurs at its 28th Annual Small Business Leadership Awards event, set for May 1.
This year saw 125 nominees, a record year, according to chamber President and CEO John Brackney, who said that number was whittled down to 36, and then down to nine finalists.
“There’s childbirth, there’s marriage, there’s graduation,” mused Brackney. “And all of these are important things, but so is small business because you put yourself out there and you deal with the complexity of starting and succeeding in business. This is an opportunity to celebrate that, too.”
The annual sold-out event returns to the Comedy Works-South at 5345 S. Landmark Place in Greenwood Village, and will feature Animal Planet veterinarian and stand-up comedian Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald as emcee.
Finalists for the Small Business of the Year category include Footers Catering, Greystone Technology Group Inc. and Strategic Programs Inc. This category recognizes the accomplishments of a company with five to 250 employees and in business five or more years.
Those vying for Emerging Business of the Year — a company with five or more employees and in business one to four years — are Abby Senior Care Inc., Cascade Solar USA and Pixorial Inc.
The Brian R. Vogt Community Leader of the Year lauds the individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to the chamber and the south metro community at large. Those eligible include owners or employees of a business, non-profit or government agency. This year’s nominees include Norman Stucker, general manager of Littleton-based Phoenix Analysis and Design Technologies; Jeff Wasden, owner, PROformance Apparel; and Melanie Worley, CEO of Developmental Pathways Inc.
The South Metro Denver Chamber and the South Metro Denver Small Business Development Center presents the Small Business Leadership Awards to honor companies that continue to excel and grow.
“We know these people don’t do it for the accolades, but this is a chance for all of us, for other businesses and the community to pause, celebrate and honor those who make a difference,” Brackney said.
IF YOU GO
28th Annual Small Business Leadership Awards
5345 Landmark Place, Greenwood Village
Comedian and emcee: Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald
• Schedule of events:
3:30¬-4:30 p.m. — Welcoming reception with passed appetizers, soft drinks, cash bar
4:45-5:45 p.m. — Awards ceremony
6 -7 p.m. — Congratulatory reception with dessert bar, soft drinks, drink ticket and then cash bar
Tickets are $50. Early reservations are encouraged. This is usually a sold-out event. To purchase tickets, call the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce at 303-795-0142.