SM-BIZ-WEEK_Horizontal_4CDuring 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

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· 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 of Southern Colorado CEO Jonathan Liebert in a news release. “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 No. 1 producers for job growth, and tonight we are pleased to honor our award winners,” Aikta Marcoulier, executive director for Pikes Peak SBDC, said in the release. “We are excited to celebrate our fifth-year anniversary of this amazing week of events with our partner the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado.”

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 its services, visit pikespeaksbdc.org or call 719-667-3803.

For more information on the BBB, visit BBB of Southern Colorado, or call 719-636-1155.