The inaugural Governor’s Minority Business Awards will be presented at an event Thursday.
The awards "recognize for-profit businesses that have contributed to the economic diversity and success of minority communities across Colorado," the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (COEDIT) announced Monday.
The businesses will be recognized at the 2019 Advance Colorado Procurement Expo (ACPE) luncheon, taking place at the McNichols Civic Center Building in Denver. (Information on the event here.)
"Awards are divided into four small business types: micro, small, medium and large," Polis' office said in the announcement. "Nominees were rated on several criteria, including how they demonstrate diversity in their hiring practices, effectiveness at engaging community resources, job creation and retention and contributions back to their community."
The statement said that "recipients of this award will receive a complimentary training of their choice from the Colorado Small Business Development Center network, a 30-second promo video recording, recognition by a Governor's office representative during the ACPE Luncheon, an exhibit table at the ACPE to create access to potential procurement opportunities, and a travel stipend for those traveling to the ACPE from outside the Front Range area.
Winners of the 2019 Governor’s Minority Business Awards, and the recipient at Thursday's event, are:
Region 1 (Northwest Colorado)
- Micro: Four Seasons Gutter Systems, accepted by: Barbara Kinion
Region 2 (Northeast Colorado)
- Micro: Atrevida Beer Company, accepted by: Jessica Fierro
- Micro: Brooklyn Barber Academy, accepted by: Ja’Mal Gilmore
- Small: Colorado Tech Shop, accepted by: Katie Hedrick
- Medium: Flawless Steel Welding, accepted by: Victor & Tasha Garcia
- Medium: Magic Rabbit Car Wash, accepted by: Shirley & Kevin Leung
- Large: Istonish, accepted by: Annette Quintana
Region 3 (Southeast and Central Colorado)
- Medium: Cortez Construction, accepted by: Carla Barela
Thursday's event will be hosted by the Minority Business Office at the COEDIT, the State and Purchasing Contracts division of the Department of Personnel and Administration, the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Colorado Business Development Foundation.