On May 28, the Arvada Chamber of Commerce announced the 2020 Business and Non-Profit of the Year. Flatirons Dance was named the Business of the Year, while Epic Experience secured Non-Profit of the …
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On May 28, the Arvada Chamber of Commerce announced the 2020 Business and Non-Profit of the Year. Flatirons Dance was named the Business of the Year, while Epic Experience secured Non-Profit of the Year honors. Both will be recognized at the 96th annual Chamber of Commerce Dinner on June 25 at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities.
The Business of the Year award is given to the local business that has, “established a reputation for providing a superior level of customer service while using ingenuity and innovation to overcome challenges,” according to the Chamber.
Flatirons Dance was founded in 2016 and currently has over 400 students and 20 staff members teaching classes in genres ranging from ballet to hip-hop. The school has offerings for children and adults of all skill levels, including a competitive youth team that competes in statewide and regional dance contests.
Flatirons Dance Founder Jessica Fitzgerald thanked the City of Arvada and the community for its support of her business.
“Thank you so much to the city of Arvada,” said Fitzgerald. “We are so blessed to live in this wonderful town and run this business with the wonderful people of Arvada.”
The Nonprofit of the Year is selected based on “their support of Arvada and its citizens through impactful programs, services and overall involvement within the community,” according to the Chamber. The winner of the Nonprofit of the Year award receives a $500 award from the Chamber.
Epic Experience was founded in 2012 with the mission of providing outdoor programs for cancer survivors and thrivers with a focus around mental and physical health. To cope with health safety precautions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Epic Experience shifted many of its programs to virtual platforms.
“Being a nonprofit based in Arvada since 2012,” said Colin Ferro, Director of Operations at Epic Experience. “It's just an honor to have our work recognized. this past year's been a challenge for all businesses and nonprofits, and we had to, like many others, pivot so quickly from our mission of weeklong camps for cancer survivors to making things virtual.
“And to think about the success and impact we could have just by being there,” Ferro continued, “and having a community of people that understand and resonate what a cancer diagnosis is all about has been what this year has been all about. I'm honored that were recognized this year; it's humbling and honoring to be recognized during a challenging year.”
Ferro added that he felt the company's mission is aligned with the spirit of partnership and community present throughout Arvada and the city's business community.
“To me,” said Ferro, “it's a great perspective of `that's exactly what Arvada and the Chamber is about,' just bringing your community together. It's a reflection of the community in Arvada, which is all about partnerships."
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