Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado announces PRISM Awards winners

  
     
March 03, 2017

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., March 3, 2017 – Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado (BBB) and Vectra Bank co-presented the PRISM Awards – the first-of-its-kind community celebration of social impact businesses and social entrepreneurs – Friday evening at The Carter Payne.

Social impact is the outcome of a mission-driven business or a business with a higher purpose that uses the powerful economic engine of capitalism for good, not merely for gain. Referred to as the fourth sector, social impact businesses and social entrepreneurs are changing the way business is done.

The PRISM Awards was co-presented by BBB and Vectra Bank, along with sponsors Springs Rescue Mission, Colorado Springs Independent, Blue Star Recyclers, Center for Nonprofit Excellence, Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center, AM 740 KVOR, The Carter Payne, Blakely + Company, 365 Grand Club, and Elite Auto Salon.

Food and beverages during the event were provided by social impact businesses Common Cause Catering, Local Relic, Mission Catering, Seeds Community Café and social entrepreneur Chef Brent Beavers.

PRISM AWARDS FINALISTS
Social Impact Business of the Year
Blue Star Recyclers
Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Springs Rescue Mission, Mission Catering

Social Impact Startup of the Year
Kids on Bikes, The Pedal Station
TSC Counseling
Who Gives a SCRAP

Social Entrepreneur of the Year
Tyler Peoples
Lisa Tessarowicz

PRISM AWARDS WINNERS
Social Impact Business of the Year
Blue Star Recyclers

Social Impact Startup of the Year
Who Gives a SCRAP

Social Entrepreneur of the Year
Tyler Peoples

“BBB’s ongoing goal is to create awareness of this growing sector of our economy and to celebrate those social impact businesses and social entrepreneurs who are growing our economy while creating impact for our community,” said Jonathan Liebert, CEO and executive director.

Judges for the PRISM Awards were:

  • Jonathan Liebert, CEO and executive director of BBB of Southern Colorado
  • Shawn Gullixson, vice president of Vectra Bank
  • George Reed, dean of UCCS School of Public Affairs
  • Thayer Tutt, president & chief investment officer, El Pomar Foundation
  • Ted Stolberg, chief executive officer of Beanstalk Foundation
  • Margaret Casart, chief operating officer of Beanstalk Foundation
  • Jacob Eichengreen, executive director of The Quad Innovation Partnership
  • Aikta Marcoulier, executive director, Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center

“Vectra Colorado Springs really feels a connection to the development of the social impact movement, and we are excited about what it could mean to our community,” said Shawn Gullixson, vice president of Vectra Bank. “The support of this effort is critical to the long-term health of our economy. More jobs, more families, and the opportunity to outreach to all sectors of Colorado Springs.”

ABOUT VECTRA BANK
Vectra Bank serves Colorado’s small and middle-market businesses, and their owners, managers and employees, through full-service branches across the state. We are an innovative banking organization eager to surpass your expectations.

Vectra Bank focuses on hiring passionate people who are dedicated to this region and the local business community. Big enough to count, small enough to care is more than just a marketing slogan, it’s in our DNA. That’s what you can expect from a proactive, relationship with Vectra Bank.

Vectra Bank, as part of Zions Bancorporation, has won 31 Greenwich Excellence Awards for 2015 in Middle Market and Small Business Banking. A division of ZB, N.A. Member FDIC / vectrabank.com.

Greenwich Associates is a leading global financial services research and consulting firm. The Greenwich Excellence Awards in small business and middle market banking were based on interviews with over 28,000 businesses across the U.S., with sales of $1 million to $500 million. More than 750 banks were evaluated. Please visit our website at vectrabank.com for a full listing of awards.

For more information about the company, visit VectraBank.com.

ABOUT BBB OF SOUTHERN COLORADO
Since August of 1980, Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado has helped consumers find businesses, brands, and charities they can trust. It serves 25 counties throughout Southern Colorado.

BBB of Southern Colorado sets standards for marketplace trust – to create a community of trustworthy businesses and charities – by encouraging and supporting best practices, educating consumers and businesses, celebrating business role models, and calling out and addressing substandard marketplace behavior.

BBB of Southern Colorado houses nearly 40,000 reviews on companies in the region. In 2016, it processed 2,660 complaints and had 1.67 million page views on its website. All company and charity reports are available for free online.

For more information, visit BBB of Southern Colorado, follow us on Twitter, or like us on Facebook.

MEDIA CONTACT
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