“Awards issue” shines spotlight on winning efforts

This edition of the Business Times could be described as the awards issue. That wasn’t the plan at the start of the production cycle. But as deadline neared, more and more information kept coming in about Grand Valley businesses, business people and students winning recognition for their efforts.

You can read all about it in the pages you’re holding in your hands — or for our readers online, the webpage on your screens. But to offer an overview in one place, here’s the honor roll:

Wren Industries was named aerospace and electronic manufacturer of the year in the Colorado Manufacturing Awards program as well as a finalist in the Colorado Companies to Watch program.

Timberline Bank was named Colorado Community and Rural Lender of the Year by the Colorado district office of the U.S. Small Business Administration. The bank received the same recognition in 2016.

GeoStabilization International, a geological hazard mitigation company with operations in Grand Junction, was recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies.

Must Love Seniors Senior Care was the first winner of the Commitment to Community Award presented by the Colorado Small Business Development Center Network.

FCI Constructors was among the winners of national awards presented to members of the Associated Builders and Contractors trade group.

Jenna Noem, chief executive officer of Nuclear Care Partners, received the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award presented during Entrepreneurship Day at Colorado Mesa University.

Aaron Frick was pitch perfect in winning in the elevator pitch competition during Entrepreneurship Day at CMU. Frick’s product: a patent-pending device to keep guitars and other stringed instruments in tune.

Last, but certainly not least, Redlands Middle School eighth-grader Toly Chinn was selected to compete in a national event for participants in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy program. Chinn has developed a wrap that protects bicycle frames from damage from weather and sharp objects.

Winning awards is newsworthy in its own right. But success stories are all the more important for a business journal in sharing information other companies and entrepreneurs can review and perhaps incorporate into their own operations. Moreover, such stories inspire in others the drive to achieve similar success.

Winning awards is seldom, if ever, a primary objective for businesses, but rather a byproduct of what they’re already doing to better serve customers, improve operations and increase profitability. But awards constitute a welcome recognition, nonetheless, for their efforts.

Moreover, these latest awards for so many companies and entrepreneurs in so many different industry sectors also constitute recognition of the hard work and innovation that occurs in the Grand Valley business community. Shining a spotlight on the award winners can’t help but attract attention from others considering joining the community. It’s been said nothing breeds success like success.

Congratulations to all the award winners. You could say this issue of the Business Times is for you.