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CONGRATULATIONS 2017 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR WINNERS

2017 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

 2017 NON-PROFIT OF THE YEAR

 

 

                   

 

ACRA BUSINESS, NON-PROFIT, & ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD PROGRAM

 

The purpose of this program is to recognize excellence in businesses in the Roaring Fork Valley. 

The ACRA Businesses of the Year is a long-standing program designed to recognize business excellence in the Roaring Fork Valley. It’s a chance to overtly appreciate organizations that value and reach unparalleled quality, consistency and service. 

These awards are chosen by special committee, and will be presented at the ACRA Wintersköl Awards Lunch on Wednesday, January 11th, 2017. Applications will be accepted from Wednesday, November 1st through Thursday November 30th. Please contact Claire Sacco at (970) 920-7131 with any questions. 

The application period for the 2017 Large Business of the Year (>20 Employees), Small Business of the Year (<20 Employees), and Non-Profit of the Year, will open on November 1st. Save the date for Thursday, January 11th, 2017 for the Wintersköl Awards LUNCH to honor the 2017 winners.            
 

Selection

 Applications are for one of the following awards:

1. Large and Small Business of the Year.  Must be in continuous operation for at least five years.  Awarded to the business that has shown profitability, growth and sustainability along with a commitment to community service. Large business is classified as 20 or more employees, small business is classified as less than 20 employees.

2. Non-Profit of the Year.  In operation for at least two years.  Recognizes a non-profit organization that has developed a close partnership with the Roaring Fork Valley community as a means to achieve its mission.

Applicants must be current ACRA members in good standing.   All entries are confidential and will be reviewed by an appointed committee composed of business and professional persons in the Aspen area.  While creativity is encouraged, selections will be based on the evaluation of the responses to the questions, presentation and content.  If your business has previously WON an award through this program, you must wait a 5 year period since winning the award, before applying again.

Recognition

Winners receive (2) two tickets to attend the 2017 Wintersköl Awards Luncheon for the awards ceremony where they will be honored.  Winners will also be recognized in the Aspen Daily News and The Aspen Times, announced on local radio stations, and interviewed on GrassRoots TV.  Winners will be placed prominently on the ACRA website, Chamber Business Directory, and membership brochure.

Click here for past winners!

4th of July Parade Waiver

IMPORTANT PARADE INFORMATION

PARADE STARTING/STAGING: The parade will begin at 11:00am. Parade positioning is “first come, first serve” and line up begins no earlier than 10:00am. There is no entry fee and the parade is open to the public. All 5 lanes of Main Street, from Aspen Street to 2nd Street, will be closed to all traffic & designated for parade staging only. Power is not provided in staging area and remember generators do need gas.

PARADE ROUTE: The parade will start East on Main Street. It will turn South onto Hunter Street, then West onto Cooper Avenue. The parade will continue West on Cooper Avenue to Galena Street. At Galena it heads North for 2 blocks before turning West onto Hopkins Avenue. The parade will continue South on Mill then West on Hyman Avenue. Parade participants will be directed to disperse at Hyman and Monarch Street.  PARADE JUDGING: Parade judging will take place in front of the Hotel Jerome. Participants will be limited to 1 minute or less for any performances in front of the judges. Security will be onsite monitoring all entries to help prevent gaps in the parade route. Recognition will be awarded to the best entries in the following categories: 

Most Patriotic | Most Humorous | Best Animal | Best Music | Most Outrageous | Best Children’s  

PARADE REMINDERS:  

  • Consumption of alcohol is prohibited during the parade.
  • Candy, favors, etc. should not be thrown from your float/vehicle during the parade. This is for the safety of the spectators and to prevent children from running out into the street. 
  • Water balloons will not be permitted. According to city ordinances, those caught throwing balloons will be removed from the parade and could face citations and/or arrests. 
  • All parade entries must be in “good taste” and will be allowed in the parade per the director’s discretion. 
  • Maximum height restriction for any float entry is 13’5”.

 

The undersigned organization has elected to participate in the Fourth of July parade sponsored by the City of Aspen and Aspen Chamber Resort

Association (“ACRA”). In consideration for City of Aspen and ACRA allowing the undersigned to participate in the festivities, the undersigned has read, understood, and willingly agreed to the terms of this INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT (collectively referred to herein as “RELEASE”).

INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT

                                    Participants are required to carry insurance adequate to cover any liability for damage, injury, economic loss, or other

liability that may be incurred by individuals and/or organizations during the Fourth of July parade. All participants agree to carry such insurance, and also agree not to submit any claim against the insurance of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, or anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade.

WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT

                                         The undersigned understands the potential dangers that could be encountered in participating in the Fourth of July

parade. The dangers include, among other things, dangers relating to vehicular and pedestrian traffic; crowds of persons in close proximity to such traffic; animals that may react unpredictably in a parade environment; celebration and recreational activities; loud and unexpected noise; items that may be thrown to and from the crowd in connection with the parade; and other dangers traditionally associated with parades.

      Understanding those risks, the undersigned for itself and for all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade with the undersigned, does hereby agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and release City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their

officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade from any and all

liability, claims, demands, actions, or rights of action (including attorneys’ fees and costs) that are related to or are in any way connected with the

undersigned’s participation in the parade. By signing this RELEASE, the undersigned intends to extinguish any and all liability and to indemnify against any loss on the part of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade for any injury or damage of any nature (without regard to negligence or fault) to the undersigned and to all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

                                      The undersigned warrants and represents that it will not invite or allow any person to participate in the parade unless

such person is bound to the terms of this RELEASE. To that end, the undersigned agrees that it shall take any steps necessary to secure agreement of such persons to the terms of this RELEASE, and that it shall be deemed a responsible person within the meaning of C.R.S. § 13-22-107 and § 19-1103(94) for all children who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION

   I am the official representative of the undersigned organization. On behalf of the organization, I acknowledge our responsibilities as set forth above. I also accept on behalf of the organization all of the terms and conditions of this

INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT.

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