On Sunday we’ll celebrate the best in film at the 91st Academy Awards – there will be glitz, there will glam and there will be few surprises.
We’ll honor businesses and nonprofit who are making an impact.
Just like the Oscars the winners will be revealed live – and there will be a red carpet! Join us May 1 at Business Awards to celebrate business and be a part of the excitement.
Get to know this year’s finalists:
Green Business of the Year sponsored by Danone North America:
FattE-Bikes is Denver’s first electric bike company and only producers of fat tire electric bikes built in America. With a completely solar powered facility, FattE-Bikes is helping take cars off the road one electric bike at a time. Electric bikes are the world’s most widely sold electric vehicle and can transform the way we commute.
Nestlé Purina PetCare Company is a global pet care leader rooted in science and dedicated to helping pets live longer, healthier lives through proper nutrition and care. Purina’s 280-plus associates in Denver are committed to improving the quality of life for pets and their owners beyond the food bowl through sustainable practices and bringing their passion into the community where they call home.
Xcel Energy is the largest utility in Colorado, with 1.4 million electric customers and 1.3 million natural gas customers from the Eastern Plains to the Western Slope. Xcel provides its customers the safe, clean, reliable energy services they want and value at a competitive price.
Small Business of the Year sponsored by Transworld Business Advisors:
Footers Catering is a second-generation family owned business. Their passion for amazing events and an unprecedented company culture has elevated Footers to become a top business in Denver. For over 36 years Footers has been committed to cooking all their menus fresh on-site for the best quality possible. Each year they serve more than 75,000 guests throughout Colorado.
Polidori Sausage has been a family owned and operated sausage manufacturer based in Denver, Colorado, since 1925. They thrive on supporting local restaurants around Colorado as well as larger outlets like Safeway, King Soopers and City Market to ensure their clean and all-natural products are available to the entire Rocky Mountain region.
Syntrinsic partners as a fiduciary with nonprofit organizations and philanthropic private clients to develop, implement and monitor customized investment portfolios. Syntrinsic serves a variety of clients, including private foundations, public charities, affinity-based foundations and philanthropic private clients. Syntrinsic’s people have a distinctive blend of investment experience, technical expertise and heart for service.
Start-Up Business of the Year sponsored by TRELORA:
ABBY&FINN seeks to improve the lives of the children and families they touch by partnering with organizations that use diapers as incentives for participating in parenting and child wellness programs. With each monthly diaper box subscription, they donate a diaper a day to families in need, with 449,200 diapers donated to date.
Agile Orthopedics has developed a unique and disruptive model within the clinical prosthetics industry, providing mobile, in-home and on-site prosthetic service. By combining convenience, cutting-edge technology, a patient-center approach and an uncompromised focus, they provide concierge service to patients across the Denver metro area.
Prosono is a business strategy and social impact firm. Headquartered in Denver, and serving clients nationwide, their experienced teams use organizational agility methods to collaborate with purpose-inspired clients who are looking to accelerate rapid growth or change. Delivering strategy and implementation, Prosono’s work drives measurable outcomes and positive impact for businesses and the community.
Large Nonprofit of the Year sponsored by Fireside Production:
Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver envisions a world where everyone has a decent and affordable place to live. Habitat empowers people to become self-reliant by building their own homes alongside over 20,000 local volunteers and paying affordable mortgages. Habitat also preserves affordable housing through critical repairs for low-income homeowners. Since 1979, Habitat has served nearly 1,000 families in Denver, with a goal to serve 200 more in 2019 alone.
Laradon has provided superior, individualized services to children and adults with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities, supporting their independence in daily life and maximizing their full potential, since 1948. Its 15 community-based programs focus on teaching personal, educational, vocational and independent living skills.
We Don’t Waste is an innovative food provider for the hungry, gathering excess food from venues, caterers, restaurants and other local food purveyors, and redistributing these healthy items to underserved populations in Denver and across the Front Range. By gathering and redistributing excess food and placing it in the hands of the hungry, We Don’t Waste promotes a sustainable and resourceful environment directly benefiting those in need.
Small Nonprofit of the Year sponsored by Southwest Airlines:
Dress for Success Denver empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Denver for Success Denver programs help women find positions that offer a livable wage and a career path, keep their jobs and provide a roadmap for giving back to their communities.
Minds Matter Denver is on a mission to prove that it’s access, not ability, that limits college success for students. They connect bright low-income high schoolers with relationships and resources reserved for more affluent peers, including: accomplished mentors who build relationships over three years, weekly college preparation and summer programs at top-tier universities.
SAME Café is a donation-based, fair-exchange restaurant where people are able to donate volunteer time, money or produce in exchange for a healthy, locally sourced lunch. SAME Café believes that everyone should have access to healthy food, regardless of ability to pay.
Minority or Woman-owned Business of the Year sponsored by Xcel Energy:
360 Engineering, Inc. is a full-service woman-owned mechanical engineering firm serving clients in Denver, Colorado, and across the U.S. Founded in 2003 by Denise Dihle, the firm was built on providing exceptional customer service, which remains our core value and top priority. 360 Engineering’s services consist of mechanical and plumbing engineering, sustainability consulting, and commissioning.
Cesco Linguistic Services, Inc. delivers high-quality interpreting and translations services in more than 120 languages, working in health care, education, social services, nonprofit, legal, workers’ compensation and international development sectors. A connecting voice across languages and cultures, Cesco Linguistic Services works under the principles of quality, efficiency and confidentiality, delivering services in a prompt, professional manner.
Pearl Street Lights creates and manufactures hand-poured soy wax candles with crackling wooden wicks, highly-fragranced wax melts and massage candles through a nonprofit job training organization that hires and trains individuals with barriers to employment.
Laura James is the senior marketing and communications specialist for the Denver Metro Chamber.