The 2017 Community Impact Awards

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Thank you to everyone who attended the 2017 Community Impact Awards! 

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To view the full March 2017 issue, click here.

For details about last year's event and a full list of finalists, click here.

About the Event
The 2017 Community Impact Awards honored businesses, social enterprise organizations, nonprofits, initiatives and individuals making a significant impact on communities in Minnesota. This was our first time recognizing nonprofit organizations in the awards, in honor of their profound influence on the quality of life in our state.


2017 Community Impact Award Finalists

Best in Class: Small Company
Bankers Title and Bankers Closing Services
Love Your Melon

Best in Class: Midsize Company
Carmichael Lynch
Northeast Bank

Best in Class: Large Company
Bell Bank
Deluxe Corporation
Lakewinds Food Co-op

Arts and Culture Award
Hennepin Theatre Trust
Juxtaposition Arts

Nonprofit Board Member of the Year Award
Annie Hotop, Secretary, Laura Jeffrey Academy Board
Julie Peterson Klein, President, Spare Key
Patty Murphy, Board Member, MacPhail Center for Music

Nonprofit Spotlight Award
College Possible Minnesota
Companies to Classrooms
Newborn Foundation

Youth Initiative Award
Hennepin Elementary School (HES) 
Hiway Federal Credit Union

Pro Bono Maximus Award
Maslon LLP
Mytech Partners, Inc. 

Social Enterprise Award
Appetite For Change
Cookie Cart
Fair Anita

Sustainability Award
GYST Fermentation Bar
Lakewinds Food Co-op

Workplace Giving Award
Bell Bank
Piper Jaffray
RBA, Inc. 

Paragon of Leadership Award
Andrew Eklund, Co-Founder and CEO, Ciceron
Brian Myres, COO at DAYTA Marketing
Kim Brown, President, JNBA Financial Advisors
Teresa Daly, CEO and Co-Founder, Navigate Forward, Inc.

How are finalists chosen?
Each nomination process consists of a 3 month period where nominations are solicited and submitted through the Minnesota Business web portal. Once nominations close, they are collected and distributed to an internal review team. The internal review team is responsible for narrowing down the nominations in each category to the top five. These top five are then submitted to an external judging panel, which consists of industry experts across all professional platforms. Judges rank their top three in each category. Based on the rankings, Minnesota Business calculates the scores and solidifies the winner and two finalists to announce. Finalists are notified by email from our Editor in Chief, Steve LeBeau, and winners are announced at the awards gala.