Winners named in first Twin Cities Indie Business Awards
There was no red carpet rolled out in front of The Blaisdell on the evening of May 18, but there was plenty of awards excitement at the Minneapolis event space.
That was the night that independent businesses got a nod of recognition at a ceremony honoring efforts to promote the Buy Local movement in the Twin Cities.
About 150 local business owners and leaders applauded the winners at the gala, sponsored by the Metro Independent Business Alliance.
“Last year was the 10th anniversary of MetroIBA and we had an event to honor the founding board members,” says Molly Glasgow, the president of the organization. (She is the owner of an independent business, Point Acupressure.)
“This year, we thought of an awards event to celebrate our local independent businesses that are committed to doing what it takes to grow and build a business,” she adds.
Fifteen metro area businesses, nonprofits and citizens were nominated for the five awards that were handed out.
“My favorite moment of the evening was when one of the winners, the owners of Cafe Southside, accepted their award. The first thing they did was to thank their lawyer and their insurance agent — who were present in the room,” Glasgow says. “When local businesses can point to other businesses that support them, it’s a lot of fun.”
The ticketed event and the silent auction that accompanied it raised nearly $10,000. Those funds will be deployed to strengthen local independent businesses, including the creation of online and mobile directories to augment printed Buy Local guides.
Glasgow said the event was so well-received that it promises to become an annual event.