The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado and the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center announced the winners of the Small Business Week Awards during a celebration Saturday at Red Leg Brewing Co.
The awards ceremony was held to “celebrate and encourage” small local businesses supported by the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado with 20 employees or fewer and Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center-backed businesses with 35 employees or fewer.
“Small businesses are the heart of Colorado,” said Aikta Marcoulier, former executive director of the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center and current Region VIII SBA Administrator, in a press release. “Small companies create culture, innovations and bring vitality to our region. Today we are honored to recognize the elite companies that thrive and make an epic impact in the Pikes Peak region.”
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The winners included:
• Small Business Owner of the Year – Torie Giffin, Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort. Giffin turned the old Buffalo Lodge near Manitou Springs into a bike hotel.
• Small Business Owner of the Year – Joe Aldaz, Colorado Springs Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
• Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Bobby Mikulas, Kinship Landing. Mikulas is the CEO and co-founder of the boutique hotel that opened in downtown Colorado Springs last year.
• Veteran Small Business Owner of the Year – David Thompson, Winds of Change Remodeling Inc. Thompson started the company in 2001 after a career in the military, according to the company’s website.
• Small Family Business of the Year – Bob Penkhus Motor Co.
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Small Business Week will continue over the next few days with panels, workshops and networking events. Go to
https://pikespeaksbdc.org/small-business-week for details.