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Appreciation is the Arvada way.

The 19th annual Business Appreciation Awards Breakfast was held the morning of Oct. 10 at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd.

The event, which was themed “Ground Breaking Fun,” highlighted five Arvada businesses that have ground breaking excellence in 2013.

“We decided years ago to acknowledge our businesses here; what they’ve done for and throughout the community,” said Hazel Hartbarger, director of the Arvada Economic Development Association (AEDA).

This year, more than 200 Arvada business owners filed into the Arvada Center to network, eat breakfast and celebrate the award recipients.

AEDA gave five awards throughout the event, including the Retail Partner of the Year, Retailer of the Year and the Lloyd J. King Entrepreneurial Spirit Award.

Much to Hartbarger’s and the audience’s surprise, an additional award honoring AEDA’s director was given to Hartbarger.

“Hazel helped businesses feel like they belonged, and that they count,” said Speaker Tom Clark, “and that’s become the Arvada way.”

The businesses honored were NewMark Merrill, for their work reinvigorating the Arvada Marketplace Shopping Center; Utility Control and Equipment Corporation for their exponential growth and maintaining their business in the Arvada Community; Sundyne for being an outstanding corporate citizen and their capital investment in the community; Malones Clubhouse Grill for their community involvement and complete remodel.

“It’s pretty neat to be recognized to be a good and long-term employer in Arvada,” said Mark Inboden, president of Utility Control and Equipment Corporation and honoree at the event.

The most prestigious of these awards, The Lloyd J. King Entrepreneurial Spirit Award, was also presented to Maro and Ed Dimmer, owners of Rheinlander Bakery.

“It’s a great honor,” Maro said, “The city of Arvada is so appreciative of its businesses and we love that we get to live, work, and play in a city who loves its businesses.”

The event began in 1996 as an acknowledgement of the Arvada businesses, to recognize what they’ve done throughout the community, and to have a little fun.

“We wanted to make it fun and entertaining for our businesses because they work so hard throughout the year,” Hartbarger said.

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