Arvada Chamber Holds 99th Annual Dinner

February 04, 2024

The Arvada Chamber of Commerce celebrated businesses, organizations, and community leaders at the 99th Annual Dinner at Social Capitol on February 2, 2024. Find information on all the award winners, plus photos and videos of the event below.

2023 Business of the Year | Echter’s Nursery & Garden Center

Founded in 1959, Echter’s is one of the largest retail plant nursery and garden centers in Colorado. The center offers over 2500 varieties of flowers each year in its 70,000 square foot display area. Since 2011, Echter’s Nursery & Garden Center has also hosted an annual Girlfriend’s Night Out event to help empower teen moms on their path to self-sufficiency. Members of the community are invited to spend the evening shopping at their nursery and the proceeds of the sales benefit Hope House Colorado. They also host other events to benefit various local nonprofits throughout the year.

Learn more about Echter’s in the video below.

2023 Nonprofit of the Year | Foothills Regional Housing and CASA of Jefferson/Gilpin Counties

Foothills Regional Housing and CASA of Jefferson/Gilpin Counties formed an innovative partnership in the opening of AVi Olde Town, a 100-unit affordable housing community serving low-income families, homeless veterans, and emancipated foster youth. As an organization that has been fighting the housing crisis, Foothills was uniquely positioned to invest in the well-being of Arvada families by opening AVi at Olde Town in February 2023. This community features an innovative partnership between CASA of Jefferson/Gilpin Counties and Foothills. CASA has an on-site program manager who oversees the Youth Alliance program which pairs the foster youth with a one-on-one coach to support them in key areas of adulthood including education, finances, and employment. Foothills also has an on-site case manager who provides direct support to residents, hosts events, and connects them to needed outside resources such as SNAP or childcare. Since opening, AVi has housed over 100 families and provided them with the tools and support to pursue their individual goals.

Learn more about Foothills and CASA in the video below.

2023 Entrepreneur of the Year | Nick and Amie Costanzo

Learn more about Foothills and CASA in the video below.

Since 2009, Nick and Amie Costanzo have brought the community a place to gather, and provided jobs and yummy food to eat. In 2009, they opened their first Marco’s Pizza in Five Parks. From there they opened many Marcos Pizza locations in the surrounding community. For five years, the Costanzos had a vision of opening a business here in Arvada that would provide a fun space with delicious food. That vision became a reality in 2022 when they and three partners opened up Freedom Street Social.

Learn more about Nick and Amie Costanzo in the video below.

2023 Chamber Champion | Chris Adams

Chris Adams served as an incredible champion for the Arvada Chamber and our business community. His commitment to asking the hard questions and striving to create an environment of continuous improvement propelled the Arvada Chamber and many local businesses forward in unseen, but much appreciated ways. His leadership, grace, and kindness will long be remembered in Arvada and beyond.

2023 Behind the Scenes Award | Colorado Succeeds

Colorado Succeeds has been an incredible partner to the Arvada Chamber for years, but in 2023 they really stepped up and elevated the work we were able to do in the talent space in Colorado.

Annual Dinner Photos

Find all the photos from the event at this link. Photos provided by LeBaron Photography and Premier Events By Melissa. 

Thank You Sponsors!

Annual Investors: The City of Arvada, Colorado Gives Foundation, Barber Nichols, On Tap Credit Union, Arvada Economic Development, EOS Worldwide – Barb Stevens, Kratos Industries, Jefferson Center, FirstBank, Hestra, Thrive Workplace, Republic Services, Sooper Credit Union and The Arvada Tavern.

Event sponsors: Equalized Productions, Flights Wine Cafe, Footers Catering and Social Capitol, RTD-Denver, Valorem Financial, Black & Red and Crown Trophy.

Cookie sponsor: La Patisserie Francaise

Florist: Olde Town Flower Shoppe

Printing: Alphagraphics

Videos: Mountain Media Productions


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