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Honorees Announced for Greater Mankato Business Awards & Hall of Fame

Recipients Honored at November 13 Event

MANKATO, Minn. (October 17, 2018) – Each year Greater Mankato Growth, Inc., which includes Greater Mankato Growth, Visit Mankato, City Center Partnership and GreenSeam, recognizes outstanding businesses, organizations and professionals at the Greater Mankato Business Awards & Hall of Fame. This year’s event is presented by Mayo Clinic Health System and will be held on November 13 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm at Verizon Center. Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. is proud to announce this year’s 2018 honorees:

Greater Mankato Growth Awards

Hall of Fame (Each year, at least one outstanding private sector business from the Greater Mankato region is inducted into the Business Hall of Fame for their contributions to our vibrant community. Those contributions include: to better the quality of life in Greater Mankato through the creation of quality jobs and developing opportunities for their employees; demonstrates personal and business ethical qualities, including dedication to family, community, the environment and private enterprise; demonstrates qualities of entrepreneurship by assuming the risk of organizing, developing and managing a successful private business enterprise in Greater Mankato):

2018 Hall of Fame Inductees:  LIV Aveda Salon & Spa and Massad Group

Distinguished Business Award (Each year, one private outstanding business from the Greater Mankato region is honored for their contributions to our vibrant community. Those contributions include: demonstrating personal and business ethical qualities, including dedication to family, community, the environment and private enterprise; demonstrates qualities of entrepreneurship by assuming the risk of organizing, developing and managing a successful business enterprise in Greater Mankato): 

2018 Distinguished Business: Neubau Holdings, LLC

Entrepreneurial Business Award (Each year, one remarkable new business is recognized for their contribution to our vibrant community. Those contributions include: betterment of human endeavors and life in our region through creation of quality jobs and development opportunities for employees; demonstrating personal and business ethical qualities, including dedication to family, community, Chamber activities, the environment and private enterprise; assuming risk of organizing, developing and managing a successful business enterprise in Greater Mankato):

2018 Entrepreneurial Business: True Real Estate

Brian Fazio Business Education Partnership Award (Each year, recognizes partnerships that enhance education and business in Greater Mankato)

2018 Brian Fazio Business Education Partnership Award: Education Partners: Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota, South Central College; Business Partners: EI Microcircuits, Dotson Iron Castings, Jones Metal, Big Ideas


Hap Halligan Leadership Award (Each year, recognizes an outstanding individual who has participated in the Greater Mankato Leadership Institute program and has demonstrated exemplary creative or innovative contributions to the community):

2018 Hap Halligan Leadership Award: Betty Ouren, 2003-04

Young Professional of the Year (Each year, one distinguished young professional between 21-40 years of age is recognized for leadership and service through commitment to community, service and volunteerism; involvement in efforts to enrich the professional/leadership development of other young professionals; and be actively involved in welcoming young professionals to learn, live, work and engage in Greater Mankato)

2018 Young Professional of the Year:  Jaci Sprague

Visit Mankato Awards

Bring It Home Award (recognizes an individual, group or organization that works alongside Visit Mankato to bring a significant event to Greater Mankato): Minneopa State Park/Bison Preserve

Hospitality Award (recognizes an individual, group or organization who has gone above and beyond to provide outstanding hospitality to the visitors of Greater Mankato OR who has helped promote Greater Mankato as a great destination to visit): Jack McGowans Farm

City Center Partnership Awards

Renovation under $500,000: Flask, by Mankato Independent Originals

Sustainability: Mankato Place Mall

Downtown Detail: Twin Rivers Council for the Arts – Common Grounds Parklet

Creative Placemaking: The Hub Food Park

CityArt “People’s Choice” Award: To be revealed at the event

GreenSeam Awards

Seamed in Success Award (recognizes an exemplary business, organization, community or individual who has made a large impact and added value to the region by highlighting the importance of agriculture):

2018 Seamed in Success: B.E.S.T. of Waseca – Waseca Vision 2030 in partnership with the City of Waseca, Waseca County

Growing in the GreenSeam Award (recognizes an outstanding business that has shown innovation, entrepreneurial spirit and contribution to our vibrant region):
2018 Growing in the GreenSeam: Aker – Orlando Saez and Todd Golly

 

Register for your tickets to the 2018 Greater Mankato Business Awards & Hall of Fame online: greatermankato.com/hall-fame.  


About Greater Mankato Growth, Inc.
Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. is comprised of four business units: Greater Mankato Growth, the regional chamber of commerce and economic development organization; Visit Mankato, the local convention and visitor’s bureau; City Center Partnership, a downtown development organization; and GreenSeam which utilizes agriculture to build on the region’s extensive agribusiness assets to develop the ag economy.

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contact:  Liz Sharp, 507.385.6641,  lsharp@greatermankato.com 

The Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Family: Visit Mankato City Center Partnership