YESTERDAY WE EXPERIENCED some great innovations in the business community.
At the Quid Novi Conference, I talked to all kinds of business leaders, all the way from startups to firms making billions of dollars. What a great environment for learning from the best!
I was also honored to have Small Fish and Quid Novi award three of the most amazing, incredible innovators in Colorado!
The award for Innovation in Socially Responsible Business was presented to OtterCares Foundation, for creating an extraordinary model involving all OtterBox employees to contribute their time and resources to benefit needs in the community. The company encourages 24 hours of Volunteer Time Off for each employee every year, and the OtterCares Ambassador Program ensures maximum engagement of each individual.
The award for Innovation in Business Character was presented to Keller-Williams Realty, Northern Colorado, for creating a shared stakeholder model with its agents and partners. This company has been recognized in the industry for its technological innovation and leadership in training. It has created an Agent Leadership Council advisory function to ensure agents are successful, profitable, and can sustain balanced lives.
The award for Innovation in Contribution to Community was presented to Janska, for creating a Colorado-based apparel business supplying “adaptive wear” to elderly and disabled customers through 900 stores in North America. Its products are designed in collaboration with organizations and advisors representing this diverse population with unique needs. Customers experience not only comfort, but increased confidence as they retain normalcy and dignity with attractive clothing.
I’d also like to mention the other seven finalists for these awards:
- Arts Reach Center
- C3 Real Estate Solutions
- Change Composites
- Trebuchet Group
- Vern’s Toffee
- Willy’s Window Washing
I’m just sorry we weren’t able to award everyone – these are ten amazing stories!
I’ll make sure to post some more pictures when I get them from the photographer.