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Castle Pines Chamber honors local businesses

By Carin R. Kirkegaard; photo courtesy of the Castle Pines Chamber of Commerce

Photo of honoring business members of the Castle Pines Chamber of Commerce

Pictured left to right are Shannon Gotl, Chamber membership director; Whitney Shank, Chamber social events coordinator; Nick Ainsworth, State Farm Insurance; Terri Wiebold, publisher of The Castle Pines Connection; Tina Hansen, executive director of the Chamber; Sarah Phillips, Compass Realty; and Michael Penny, Castle Pines city manager.

Since 1963, the United States Small Business Administration has taken the first week of May to recognize the contributions of entrepreneurs and small businesses. The Castle Pines Chamber of Commerce celebrated the week with daily events and by honoring members who have worked supporting local businesses into the daily running of their own business.

The inaugural Small Business Champion awards were presented to Nick Ainsworth, State Farm Insurance – Castle Pines; Sarah Phillips, Compass Realty; Bruce Ringgenberg, The Berg Haus; Michael Penny, City of Castle Pines; and Terri Wiebold, The Castle Pines Connection. Chamber staff and a small committee of volunteers made the nomination recommendations.

Tina Hansen, executive director and marketing manager for the Chamber stated, “The qualifications to be selected were informal, but each winner was chosen because they specifically engaged in activities to support local businesses, especially during the pandemic.”

“The Chamber was pleased to recognize members within our community who have gone above and beyond this year. We look forward to recognizing many more deserving individuals in the future,” Hansen continued.

Editor’s Note: I think I speak for all the members of the Castle Pines Chamber of Commerce when I say that the work this amazing powerhouse staff –Tina, Shannon, Whitney and Karin – continues to do to advocate for small businesses is remarkable and commendable, and they are the ones who should be recognized!



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