Brandon Kirk, the proprietor of Colorado Springs-based Hydro Clear Carpet Cleansing and Planet Duct, was named 2021 Small Enterprise Individual of the 12 months on Thursday as a part of the world’s ninth annual Small Business Week Awards.
The awards, introduced by U.S. Financial institution in an occasion co-hosted by the Higher Enterprise Bureau of Southern Colorado and the Pikes Peak Small Enterprise Growth Middle, acknowledged the work and neighborhood involvement of a number of small companies.
Ninety p.c of the BBB’s accredited companies have 20 workers or much less, whereas the Small Enterprise Growth Middle works with and helps enterprise with 35 workers or much less.
Small companies create almost two-thirds of latest non-public sectors jobs, Jonathan Liebert, CEO and government director of BBB of Southern Colorado, stated in a information launch.
Because of this, “it is crucial that we proceed to assist and encourage small enterprise homeowners,” he stated.
Aikta Marcoulier, government director for the Small Enterprise Growth Middle, known as small companies “the guts of Colorado” and stated they “create tradition, innovate and add vitality to the area.”
Within the annual Small Enterprise Week occasion, companies got a possibility to compete in 5 award classes; particular standards have been required to be met to be thought-about as an honoree in every class.
Kirk, of Hydro Clear, is a former protection contractor and firearms teacher who has owned a number of companies, in accordance with his firm’s web site.
He is concerned in a number of networking organizations, has mentored different enterprise homeowners and speaks at space excessive faculties about entrepreneurship and aim setting, the web site stated.
Different native 2021 Small Enterprise Week award winners have been:
• Small Enterprise Champion of the 12 months: Jessica Fierro, proprietor and head brewer of the Atrevida Beer Co.
• Younger Entrepreneur of the 12 months: Lauren McKenzie proprietor of REN Creativ, a design, images and digital media studio.
• Veteran Small Enterprise Proprietor of the 12 months: Dr. Charles Weber, a board licensed psychiatrist and addictionologist and CEO and chief advertising and marketing officer of the Household Care Middle.
• Household Owned Small Enterprise of the 12 months: Andrew Graff of Luisa Graff Jewelers, a longtime jewellery retailer.