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January 15th, 2018: Colorado Institute for Social Impact announces the PRISM Awards: Second annual celebration of social impact businesses and social entrepreneurs

Vectra Bank co-sponsors the PRISM Awards; online nominations due by Jan. 29.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Jan. 15, 2018—Colorado Institute for Social Impact (CI4SI) is proud to announce the second annual PRISM Awards, the first-of-its-kind community celebration of social impact businesses and social entrepreneurs.

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.

“CI4SI’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. “The PRISM Awards honors those businesses and individuals who are expanding the definition of business success. We are asking the community to nominate a social impact business or social entrepreneur that is impacting our community through the use of this innovative business model.”

The 2018 PRISM Awards is co-presented by Colorado Institute for Social Impact and Vectra Bank along with sponsors Elite Auto Salon, 365 Grand Club, Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center, Kangaroo Coffee, AM 740 KVOR and 92.9 Peak FM, among a host of others.

EVENT DETAILS

When: Friday, March 2

Where: Briarhurst Manor Estate

Time: 4:30-8 p.m.

Tickets: $20. Register at CI4SI.org.

Nominations for the PRISM Awards are currently being accepted and must be submitted online no later than January 29. For more information on award criteria and to submit your nominations, go to CI4SI.org.

• Social Impact Business of the Year

• Social Entrepreneur of the Year

• Social Impact Startup of the Year

“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. We are thrilled to be a partner with CI4SI for the second year of the PRISM Awards.”

Winners of last year’s PRISM Awards were:

• Social Impact Business of the Year: Blue Star Recyclers

• Social Impact Startup of the Year: Who Gives A Scrap

• Social Entrepreneur of the Year: Tyler Peoples of Springs Rescue Mission

“The economic rules are changing. Consumers are more informed and conscious about where they spend their money. They want to know how businesses are positively impacting their communities,” said Liebert. “We believe that Colorado Springs is the ideal location and is well-positioned to lead the national movement on Social Impact.”

ABOUT VECTRA BANK

Vectra Bank serves Colorado’s small and middle-market businesses, and their owners, managers and employees through full-service branches across the state. We are an innovative banking organization eager to surpass your expectations.

Vectra Bank focuses on hiring passionate people who are dedicated to this region and the local business community. “Big enough to count, small enough to care” is more than just a marketing slogan; it’s in our DNA. That's what you can expect from a proactive, relationship with Vectra Bank.

Vectra Bank, as part of Zions Bancorporation, has won numerous Greenwich Excellence Awards for Middle Market and Small Business Banking. We are a division of ZB, N.A. Member FDIC / vectrabank.com.

Greenwich Associates is a leading global financial services research and consulting firm. TheGreenwich Excellence Awards for Small Business and Middle Market Banking were based on interviews with over 28,000 businesses across the U.S., with sales of $1 million to $500 million. More than 750 banks were evaluated. Please visit our website at VectraBank.com

for a full listing of awards. For more information about the company, visit VectraBank.com.

ABOUT COLORADO INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL IMPACT

Formerly the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado Foundation, the Colorado Institute for Social Impact (CI4SI) is focused on serving social impact organizations with access to education and resources. CI4SI also seeks to increase awareness amongst consumers about these types of entities and how their money goes further when they purchase products from a social impact business. CI4SI’s mission is to “Harness Social Impact to accelerate the evolution of business.”

CI4SI’s impact services include: education and training, Social Return on Investment (SROI) measurement, events and networking, consultation services, and speaking engagements.

For more information, visit Colorado Institute for Social Impact, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, or like us on Facebook.

MEDIA CONTACT

Michele Eaton

meaton@blakelycompany.com

719-426-9165