Events

The 2016 Community Impact Awards

Thank you to our presenting sponsors

Thank you to those who attended the 2016 Community Impact Awards and helped to make this celebration possible!

To read the 2016 Community Impact Awards feature, click here.

To read the March issue, click here.

**Note: For details about last year's event, and for the 2015 list, click here.

About the event
The 2016 Community Impact Awards honor Minnesota companies and business people that make giving back to the community a priority. A celebratory event was held in February in Minneapolis by Minnesota Business Magazine to recognize the finalists and winners in each category.

2016 Community Impact Awards: Workplace Giving

2016 Community Impact Awards: Social Enterprise

2016 Community Impact Awards: Paragon of Leadership

Categories

Best in Class: Small Company

Recognizes small companies (15 to 50 employees) for overall excellence in positive impact on Minnesota communities.

Winner: The Ackerberg Group
Finalist: The KNW Group
Finalist: Mr. Rooter Plumbing Minnesota

Best in Class: Midsize Company

Recognizes midsize companies (51 to 250 employees) for overall excellence in positively impacting Minnesota communities.

Winner: North Star Resource Group
Finalist: Brenny Transportation
Finalist: Business Impact Group

Best in Class: Large Company

Recognizes large companies (251+ employees) for overall excellence in positively impacting Minnesota communities.

Winner: Bell State Bank & Trust
Finalist: Caribou Coffee
Finalist: Ecolab

Youth Initiative

Recognizes companies for creating or supporting programs designed to enable youth to develop abilities in areas such as leadership, social responsibility, skilled trade, education and community involvement.

Winner: Proto Labs
Finalist: Buffalo Wild Wings
Finalist: Hiway Federal Credit Union

Training Initiative

Recognizes companies for creating or supporting training or mentorship programs designed to build workplace skills within the company, the state’s industry, or it's community.

Winner: Allianz
Finalist: Prime Digital Academy
Finalist: DAYTA

Sustainability

Recognizes Minnesota companies for implementing or supporting eco-friendly programs that benefit the environment both within and beyond the workplace.

Winner: Biltwell Restaurants
Finalist: Saint Paul RiverCentre and Xcel Energy Center
Finalist: YOXO

Professional Services

Recognizes companies for providing professional services — such as tech, legal or accounting services — to Minnesota nonprofits or other worthy causes on a pro bono basis.

Winner: Orion Associates
Finalist: Mytech Partners
Finalist: Neuger Communications Group

Long-Term Achievement

Recognizes a Minnesota-based company for demonstrating a long-term commitment (at least 10 years) to positively impacting the state’s community of nonprofits or other worthy causes.

Winner: Marco
Finalist: Pentair
Finalist: Loffler Companies

Creative Campaign

Recognizes a Minnesota-based creative agency for campaigns or other marketing services provided to nonprofits or other worthy causes on a pro bono basis.

Winner: Little & Company
Finalist: Media Relations
Finalist: Ciceron

Social Enterprise

Recognizes an outstanding social enterprise in Minnesota — companies that exist primarily to address social or environmental issues.

Winner: Vision Loss Resources and Contact Production Services Inc.
Finalist: Latino Economic Development Center
Finalist: Homes for Heroes

Workplace Giving

Recognizes a Minnesota-based company for creating a focused employee-giving program or volunteer campaign.

Winner: Sunrise Banks
Finalist: RSM US LLP
Finalist: Wells Fargo

Paragon of Leadership

Corporate Giving/Community Involvement: Recognizes a Minnesota business leader for making a positive impact through service, character and leadership by fostering an environment of corporate giving.

Winner: Sheila Murphy, HR Director, Midwest Industrial Tool Grinding
Finalist: Bill Morrissey, President, CEO and Founder, Morrissey Hospitality Companies Inc.
Finalist: Jeff Gau, CEO, Marco Inc.