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Finalists announced for 2015 Community Impact Awards

Winners in each category will be honored during a February awards ceremony

By Alex Harvison
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Minnesota Business magazine team is excited to announce the finalists for the 2015 Community Impact Awards. Over the past few weeks, our panel of expert judges reviewed nominations and selected finalists in each of our 13 categories. The finalists and winners in each category will be recognized during a celebratory event in February in Minneapolis. They’ll also be profiled in the March issue of Minnesota Business.

2015 Judges

 

Listed below are the categories and finalists (in alphabetical order).

Best in Class: Small Company
Recognizes small companies (up to 50 employees) for overall excellence in positively impacting Minnesota communities
Brenny Transportation
First & First
Hanratty & Associates

Best in Class: Midsize Company
Recognizes midsize companies (51 to 250 employees) for overall excellence in positively impacting Minnesota communities
Clockwork Active Media
Sunrise Banks
Western Bank

Best in Class: Large Company
Recognizes large companies (251+ employees) for overall excellence in positively impacting Minnesota communities
Affinity Plus Credit Union
Bell State Bank
Pentair

Youth Initiative
Recognizes companies for creating or supporting programs designed to develop abilities in areas such as leadership, social responsibility, skilled trade, education and community involvement
Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company
Reve Academy 
Securian Financial

Health Initiative

Recognizes companies for creating or supporting programs designed to combat disease or improve Minnesota’s overall health and fitness

Aspire Beverage Company
Lakewinds Food Co-op
Prairie Care

Sustainability
Recognizes Minnesota companies for implementing or supporting programs designed to help the environment, or adopting more eco-friendly practices in the office
Ecolab
RBC Wealth Management
Solution Blue

Professional Services
Recognizes companies for professional services provided to Minnesota nonprofits or other worthy causes on a pro bono basis (examples could include tech, legal, or accounting services)
Bellmont Partners
Fish & Richardson
Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand, LLP 

Creative Campaign
Recognizes a Minnesota based creative agency for campaigns or other marketing services provided to nonprofits or other worthy causes on a pro bono basis
Clockwork Active Media
KNOCK, Inc
Risdall

Long-Term Achievement
Recognizes a Minnesota based company for demonstrating a long-term commitment (at least 10 years) to positively impacting the state’s community of nonprofits or other worthy causes
C.H. Robinson
Enventis
Securian Financial

Social Enterprise
Recognizes an outstanding social enterprise in Minnesota — companies that exist primarily to address social or environmental issues
Cookie Cart
Juxtaposition Arts
Tech Dump

Workplace Giving
Recognizes a Minnesota based company for creating a focused employee-giving program or volunteer campaign
Bell State Bank
CSM Corporation
Uponor

Good Leader
Recognizes a Minnesota business leader for making a positive impact through service, character, and leadership by fostering an environment of corporate giving
Andy Arlotta, MN Swarm
Sandy Hansen-Wolff, AgVenture Feed & Seed
Chris Hansen, Hanratty & Associates 
Bruce Langer, EPIQ Partners

Hiring Veterans
Recognizes a Minnesota based company that is making an effort to employ military veterans 
APi Group
Azule Staffing
Hiway Federal Credit Union

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