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Press Release (BlakelyCompany.com)

The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado is pleased to once again partner with the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center to promote the 7th Annual Small Business Week for the Pikes Peak Region which will be held Sunday, May 5 through Thursday, May 9. The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado supports small businesses with more than 80% of its Accredited Businesses having 20 or fewer employees.
The 4th Annual Food Truck Cook-Off will launch Small Business Week; and due to the record-breaking number of attendees last year, there will be a change in location. Last year there were 17 food trucks - this year the event will consist of nearly 40 trucks at the Broadmoor World Arena on Sunday, May 5 from 11am to 4pm. The number of attendees is limited to 3,000. To purchase tickets to attend the Cook-Off, click here.

As for the final event, be sure to join all us at the celebration and awards dinner, where the winners will be announced at 5:30pm on May 9th at the DoubleTree by Hilton at 1775 E Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.

This year’s Small Business Finalists are as follows:

Small Business Person
•    Stacy Osborne, Beneficent          
•    A.J. Peak, Peak Dental Services  
•    Jennifer Farnes, Revolution Jewelry Works          

Small Business Champion
•    Jackie Gonzalez, American Bank of Commerce   
•    Chelsea Gaylord, City of Colorado Springs             
•    Rodney Gullatte, Firma IT Solutions         

Small Business Young Entrepreneur
•    Justin Knapp, Space Together
•    Lee Haider, Trof
•    Alex Belding, WebriQ Goes Mad

Small Business Family Owned
•    Trevor Dierdorff, Amnet              
•    Jennifer Winters, Young Scholars Academy          
•    Paul Birchman, Axis Business Technology              

Small Business Veteran Owned
•    Rodney Gullatte, Firma IT Solutions         
•    Adrian Hope, HOPE Physical Therapy and Wellness and Levity Float Center           
•    Al Cazares, House Doctors        

Throughout the week, there will be several educational events, keynote speakers, workshops, a small business awards ceremony and more in the days following the cook-off. For the complete agenda of the week’s events, including attending the Awards Banquet, click here.

“We are proud of the small businesses in southern Colorado,” said Jonathan Liebert, CEO and executive director of BBB of Southern Colorado. “Their innovation and dedication to their work is what drives our economy, and it is imperative that we continue to support and encourage small business owners.”

“Small businesses are the creators of community and the number one producers for job growth,” said Aikta Marcoulier, executive director for Pikes Peak SBDC. “We are excited to celebrate our 7th Year Anniversary of this amazing week of events with our partner the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado.”
U.S. Bank returns as our presenting sponsor, along with Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC, Startup Colorado, The Colorado Springs Business Journal, Colorado Springs Independent, 92.9 Peak FM, 740 AM KVOR, KRDO Network, Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center, Ent Business Banking, Pepsi and a host of Awards Celebration Small Business Sponsors.