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The PRISM Awards

On March 3 rd , 2017 the BBB, Vectra Bank and the Colorado Springs community celebrated the 1 st annual PRISM Awards. This ‘first of its kind” awards event highlighted some of the inspiring work from local social impact businesses and social entrepreneurs. The event was held in the Carter Payne Chapel, 320 S. Weber Street. The PRISM Awards is co-presented by Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado and Vectra Bank. We had some wonderful which included: The Springs Rescue Mission, Colorado Springs Independent, Blue Star Recyclers, Center for Nonprofit Excellence, Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center, AM 740 KVOR and Blakely + Company. In addition, we had fantastic social impact food providers who highlighted their skill during the event and included: Common Cause Catering, Local Relic, Mission Catering, Seeds Café and social entrepreneur Chef Brent Beavers.

2017 PRISM Award Winners

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 (chef, Springs Rescue Mission/Mission Catering)
  • Judges for the 2017 PRISM Awards included:

  • Jonathan Liebert, CEO & executive director of BBB of Southern Colorado
  • Shawn Gullixson, vice president of Vectra Bank
  • George Reed, dean of UCCS School of Public Affairs
  • Thayer Tutt, president & chief investment officer, El Pomar Foundation
  • Margaret Casart, chief operating officer of Beanstalk Foundation
  • Jacob Eichengreen, executive director of The Quad Innovation Partnership
  • Aikta Marcoulier, executive director, Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center
  • Ted Stolberg, Chief Executive Officer, Beanstalk Foundation
  • The complete list of finalists included:

    Social Impact Business of the Year

  • Blue Star Recyclers
  • Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity ReStore
  • Springs Rescue Mission, Mission Catering
  • Social Impact Startup of the Year

  • Kids on Bikes, The Pedal Station
  • TSC Counseling
  • Who Gives a SCRAP
  • Social Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Tyler Peoples
  • Lisa Tessarowicz
  • Beanstalk Foundation