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March 2, 2018: Colorado Institute for Social Impact announces PRISM Awards winners

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., March 2, 2018 – Colorado Institute for Social Impact (CI4SI) and Vectra Bank co-presented the second annual PRISM Awards—the first-of-its-kind community celebration of social impact businesses and social entrepreneurs. Winners were announced at the sold-out event Friday evening at The Briarhurst Manor Estate.

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 PRISM Awards was co-presented by CI4SI and Vectra Bank, along with sponsors Springs Rescue Mission, Colorado Springs Independent, Colorado Springs Business Journal, Peak Small Business Development Center, AM 740 KVOR, 92.9 Peak FM, The Men’s Xchange, EAS Creative Consortium, 365 Grand Club, Wright Group Event Services, Kangaroo Coffee, BBB of Southern Colorado and Colorado Collective.

The Social Impact Apparel and Accessories industry was spotlighted at this year’s event and had the following Social Impact businesses onsite: fab’rik, Frayla Boutique, Janska, Mountain Equipment Recyclers, TechWears, The Men’s Xchange, and Yobel Market. Hair and make-up was provided by sponsor Day Lily Salon & Spa.

PRISM AWARDS FINALISTS

Social Impact Business of the Year

Mission Catering

Mountain Equipment Recyclers

Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Social Impact Startup of the Year

MilHousing Network

The Men’s Xchange

The Pedal Station by Kids on Bikes

Social Entrepreneur of the Year

Lindsey Litton, MilHousing Network

Tina Schwaner, Frayla Boutique

Steve Wood, Concrete Couch

PRISM AWARDS WINNERS

Social Impact Business of the Year

Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Social Impact Startup of the Year

The Pedal Station by Kids on Bikes

Social Entrepreneur of the Year

Lindsey Litton, MilHousing Network

“CI4SI is proud to work with so many innovative Social Impact business 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. “We thank the community for its support and congratulate all PRISM Award nominees and award recipients. Their innovation and dedication to business with a higher purpose is an inspiration to all of us.”

“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.”

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

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