Business awards were missed by me!

Categories: Cup of Joe

I missed Tuesday’s small business awards (27th annual, which is hard to believe), because I was in Washington, D.C. meeting with Senators Bennet and Udall on the Employee Free Choice Act.

I understand one of the highlights of the show was Gregg Moss, business reporter for 9News, who has served as emcee for our business awards show for years and apparently takes great delight in the role—evidenced by the fair bit of artistic license he took while videotaping the audience for his morning show on 9News.

From reports I received from staffer Rob Rose, the awardees were celebrated with hoots and hollers—the likes of which we have never heard before at this event.

I also hear that the red carpet was literally rolled out for our attendees, who could take a stroll reminiscent of Hollywood’s walk of fame, with stars for each of our finalists lining the carpeted walkway.

“Sparks” also flew when Carolyn Terrell, the 2009 winner of the David E. Bailey Small Business Advocate of the Year Award issued an idle threat to her nominator, our own Tameka Montgomery of the Denver Metro Small Business Development Center here at the Chamber.

 “I’ll get you, Tameka,” she reportedly crowed.

Really, one can’t blame our Tameka for nominating Terrell for the prestigious award. Terrell, the lead business development specialist of the SBA’s Colorado District Office, is well-known in the small business community as an advocate for small businesses.

“I think she really embodies this award is all about,” Tameka said in the nomination. “If she were awarded this honor, there would be no question in the small business community that she was worthy of this award.”

Sounds like I missed another great event in the name of a bad piece of public policy legislation.

Congratulations to the winners of the awards. Their achievements are remarkable, and their recognition is well deserved.


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