Courtesy of the Colorado Institute for Social Impact
Celebrating at the 2017 PRISM Awards, from left: Mariah Erickson, quality assurance supervisor, BBB of Southern Colorado; Lisanne McNew, president & coo, McNew & Associates; Jeff Zearfoss, owner, Local Relic/Common Cause Catering; Stanton Kensinger, owner, Professional Transition Strategies; Melissa Howard, owner, Local Relic/Common Cause Catering; and Michael Garner, manager of business relations, BBB of Southern Colorado.
On Friday, March 2, the Colorado Institute for Social Impact
hosted its 2018 PRISM Awards ceremony (which we took a closer look
at in the Feb. 28 issue of the Independent
), and announced its much-anticipated winners. Focused on creating an ecosystem for businesses that also work toward the betterment of the community, the Colorado Institute for Social Impact founded the PRISM Awards in 2017 in order to recognize the community contribution of local businesses and entrepreneurs.
Jonathan Liebert, executive director and CEO of CI4SI said in a press release: "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. 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.”
In the three categories, the 2018 winners were as follows:
2018 Social Entrepreneur of the Year
Lindsey Litton of MilHousing Network, which helps military families find housing around the country.
2018 Social Impact Startup of the Year
Pedal Station, a community bike center that sells refurbished bikes to benefit Kids on Bikes and its various programs.
2018 Social Impact Business of the Year
Pikes Peak Habitat ReSTORE, which offers new and used building and home improvement supplies, benefitting Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity.