The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado announced the PRISM Awards, a “first-of-its-kind community celebration of social impact businesses and social entrepreneurs,” according to a news release from the BBB.

The event is from 4:30-8p.m. Friday, March 3 at the Carter Payne Chapel, 320 S. Weber Street.

“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 release states.

The PRISM Awards is co-presented by Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado and Vectra Bank, along with sponsors Springs Rescue Mission, Colorado Springs Independent (a sister paper of the Colorado Springs Business Journal), Blue Star Recyclers, Center for Nonprofit Excellence, Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center, AM 740 KVOR and Blakely + Company. Food and beverages during the event will be provided by social impact businesses Common Cause Catering, Local Relic, Mission Catering, Seeds Café and social entrepreneur Chef Brent Beavers.

Attendance is free but registration is suggested. Register at

“BBB’s 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, executive director and CEO, in the release.

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Nominations for the PRISM Awards are currently being accepted and must be submitted online by Feb. 15, 2017. For more information on awards’ criteria and to submit your nominations, go to

  • Social Impact Business of the Year
  • Social Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Social Impact Startup of the Year

 Judges for the PRISM Awards will be:

  • Jonathan Liebert, executive director & CEO 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
  • 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.”