5th Annual Small Business Week presented by U.S. Bank Award Winners Announced

May 04, 2017

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., May 4, 2017 – During a dinner presentation Thursday evening at The Antlers, A Wyndham Hotel, the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado and the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center presented their annual Small Business Week Awards to honor the achievements of individuals and small business owners.

Area small businesses were given the opportunity to compete in eight categories with specific requirements to be considered for each category. The 2017 Small Business Week Award categories and winners are:

  • Family-Owned Small Business of the Year – Peak Structural Inc., Paul Sutton
  • Veteran Small Business Owner of the Year – Dynamic Aerospace Technologies, Gus Hernandez
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Blattner Law Firm, Lisa Blattner
  • Small Business Champion of the Year – Rim Technologies LLC, Sara Kinney
  • Small Business Person of the Year – Peak Structural Inc., Paul Sutton
  • Small Business Development Center Consultant of the Year – CArc Media and Value Care Health Clinic, Cory Arcarese
  • Best Food Truck of the Year: Judges’ Choice – The Fiesta Grill
  • Best Food Truck of the Year: People’s Choice – Black Forest Chew-Chew Gastrotruck

“We are proud to announce these winners and highlight their hard work, achievements and innovation in our community,” said BBB CEO Jonathan Liebert. “In our nation, small businesses create almost two-thirds of net new private sector jobs – so it’s imperative that we continue to support and encourage small business owners.”

“Small businesses are the creators of community and the number one producers for job growth, and tonight we are pleased to honor our Award winners,” said Aikta Marcoulier, executive director for Pikes Peak SBDC. “We are excited to celebrate our 5th Year Anniversary of this amazing week of events with our partner the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado.”

The Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center offers business consulting and training that maximizes the economic potential of entrepreneurs within the counties of El Paso, Park, and Teller.

The SBDC’s mission is to help existing and new businesses grow and prosper. The goal at the Small Business Development Center is to help emerging and existing entrepreneurs gain control of their business operations through free guidance and consulting in all aspects of funding and developing small business. The SBDC strives to help grow and start businesses. The SBDC minimizes risk by helping clients write comprehensive business plans, conduct financial forecasts, strategize marketing tactics, apply for funding, and improve operations.
The SBDC is hosted by El Paso County and sponsored by the Small Business Administration, City of Colorado Springs, the Minority Business Office and Connect2Dot. For more information about the SBDC and services it offers, visit pikespeaksbdc.org or call 719-667-3803.

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.

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Becca Tonn