BLOOMING PRAIRIE, Minn. – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced Minimizer as a winner in its annual Blue Ribbon Small Business Awards, a program that recognizes companies for their success and innovation and for their contributions to economic growth and free enterprise.
Minimizer was selected from a record number of applicants from communities across the nation for demonstrating exceptional business practices in areas including strategic planning, employee development, community involvement and customer service.
“While our economy still struggles to reach its full potential, small businesses like our Blue Ribbon Award winners have continued to act as examples of the resilience, ingenuity and opportunity at work in the free enterprise system,” U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas Donohue said. “Times can be tough, but these businesses have proven that they can be too. By taking risks, watching out for their employees and giving back to their communities, they’ve shown that success is achievable.”
The Chamber will announce seven regional finalists from among this year’s Blue Ribbon Small Business Award winners on March 18. This year’s winners will be honored at the 11th annual America’s Small Business Summit taking place June 8-10 in Washington, D.C. During the summit, one regional finalist will receive the DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Sam’s Club, and a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
“It’s an honor to be named a Blue Ribbon Small Business Award winner,” said Craig Kruckeberg, Minimizer CEO and chief visionary. “My father, Dick Kruckeberg, founded the company in 1984 when he manufactured the first composite truck fender. More than 30 years later, his idea and Minimizer’s strategic pursuit for growth and innovation have positioned us as a market leader in the heavy-duty aftermarket truck and trailer parts and accessories industry. We appreciate the honor and will stay committed to serving our industry and the community.”
All Blue Ribbon Small Business Award winners are also eligible for the Community Excellence Award, which recognizes one business that has found notable success in the eyes of its community. The winner will be decided through online public voting, which ends March 4.
“Starting and growing a business can be a risky endeavor, but these small businesses have proven that with risk, comes reward,” Donohue continued. “Through hard work and innovation, they’re impacting their communities, contributing to economic growth and creating jobs. And the Chamber is proud to recognize them for their achievements.”
A complete list of this year’s Blue Ribbon Small Business Award winners is available at www.uschamber.com/2015-blue-ribbon-award-winners.