The theme of the Feb. 1 luncheon was “Better Together.” Hundreds of small and large business owners, young professionals and elected officials from northwest Douglas County, seated around tables …
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The theme of the Feb. 1 luncheon was “Better Together.”
Hundreds of small and large business owners, young professionals and elected officials from northwest Douglas County, seated around tables in the ballroom of the Denver Marriott at Park Meadows, embodied just that.
The luncheon marked the first time two of the county's largest business organizations met as one.
In mid-January, the Northwest Douglas County Economic Development Corporation and the Chamber of Northwest Douglas County — previously the Highlands Ranch Chamber of Commerce — announced they would be joining forces.
Formed in 2011, the Northwest Douglas County Economic Development Corporation promotes infrastructure improvements and public policy and markets the region as a premier place to locate or expand a business, its website says.
Since its inception in 2000, the chamber has grown to 275 business memberships, representing more than 17,000 employees from Highlands Ranch and Lone Tree. The chamber offers networking events, educational programs and resources to help businesses succeed.
The two organizations will continue to operate with separate branding, memberships and programs, but will now operate as one administrative office. The Northwest Douglas County EDC Board of Directors will be the governing body for overall policy and management. Representatives from the chamber will serve on the board.
The Feb. 1 luncheon featured keynote speaker Dave Logan, a former NFL player with the Denver Broncos and Cleveland Browns. Logan now works as a broadcaster for KOA NewsRadio and head coach of Cherry Creek High School football.
Logan's inspirational speech on teamwork and accountability followed with a Q&A on parenting and football.
“I think this is really cool,” Logan said of the merger. “I think part of what makes us successful is when we learn to share our toys in the same sandbox.”
The luncheon featured an award ceremony. Each year, chamber members vote for best businesses in a number of categories. Winners are recognized with a glass plaque.
The winners are:
• Small/home office of the year: Stonebridge Financial Solutions, financial planner in Lone Tree.
• Small business of the year: Blue Olive Properties, property management company in Highlands Ranch.
• Medium-size business of the year: Mountain Storm Insurance, auto insurance agency in Highlands Ranch.
• Large business of the year: Pro Disposal, garbage collection service that serves Highlands Ranch.
• Franchise of the year: Best Option Restoration (B.O.R.), water damage restoration service in Highlands Ranch.
• Nonprofit of the year: James Resource Network, provider of services, resources and attainable housing for single-parent families in the Denver metro area.
• People's choice: a tie between Christian Brothers Automotive, auto repair shop in Highlands Ranch, and Rock Bottom Brewery, a restaurant and pub in Highlands Ranch.
• Ambassador of the year: Michelle Colaizzi, an Allstate Insurance agent since 1986.
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