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Local Apparel and Accessory Businesses Creating Social Impact

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Feb. 27, 2018 Colorado Institute for Social Impact (CI4SI) and Vectra Bank co-present the 2nd Annual PRISM Awards, a celebration of Social Impact Businesses and Social Entrepreneurs that are contributing to our economy and expanding the definition of business success, which will be held Friday, March 2, at The Briarhurst Manor Estate.

The PRISM Awards enhance CI4SI’s goal to create awareness of the growing 4th Sector. By empowering consumers with knowledge, people can make informed purchasing decisions. Each year, the event highlights a different industry that provides a service or product we use in our everyday lives. The 2017 PRISM Awards integrated Social Impact catering businesses and social entrepreneur chefs; this year’s event highlights the Social Impact Apparel and Accessories industry.

“CI4SI is proud to work with so many innovative Social Impact models. They are companies that have given consumers an outlet to buy quality products and services while also making a direct, positive impact on the community”, said Jonathan Liebert, executive director and CEO.

Attendees of the PRISM Awards will see apparel and accessories from the following Social Impact Businesses:

fab’rik Colorado Springs

Frayla Boutique

Janska

Men’s Xchange

Mountain Equipment Recyclers

TechWears

Yobel Market

The PRISM Awards is co-presented by Vectra Bank, and sponsored by Springs Rescue Mission, Colorado Springs Business Journal, Colorado Springs Independent, 92.9 Peak FM, AM 740 KVOR, EAS Creative Consortium, 365 Grand Club, Kangaroo Coffee, Colorado Collective, Men’s Xchange, Wright Group Event Services, Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center, and BBB of Southern Colorado.

“Clothing is part of our culture and what we choose to wear not only conveys information about us, it can also help create social impact”, said Gina Sacripanti, vice president of marketing and public relations. “Increasing awareness on Social Impact Businesses allows consumers to engage with businesses that align with their own missions and passions and become an active part in helping the community while doing everyday things like buying meals, recycling, and purchasing clothing and outdoor equipment.

CI4SI produces the PRISM Awards to honor Social Impact businesses and Social Entrepreneurs, and magnify their storytelling and their mission while also engaging our community. The event recognizes three categories: Social Impact Startup of the Year, Social Entrepreneur of the Year, and Social Impact Business of the Year.

“We are thrilled to see the momentum in the social impact sector and its impact on our community. Congratulations to all the finalists and nominees,” said Shawn Gullixson, vice president of Vectra Bank. “Vectra Bank is passionate about supporting our local businesses and to support the mission and vision of our social impact entrepreneurs.”

PRISM AWARDS EVENT DETAILS

When: Friday, March 2

Where: Briarhurst Manor Estate

Time: 4:30-8 p.m.

Tickets: $20. Register at CI4SI.org/prism-awards. Admission includes one beer or wine ticket, as well as CI4SI’s inaugural Social Impact Magazine produced in collaboration with Colorado Collective.

Media is invited to attend.

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. The Greenwich 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 or like us on Facebook.

MEDIA CONTACT

Michele Eaton

meaton@blakelycompany.com

719-426-9165

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