2014 Greater Austin Business Awards

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The 2014 Greater Austin Business Awards, a competition organized by the Austin Chamber of Commerce to honor excellence in business in the Greater Austin region. The Awards recognize businesses and organizations for achievements, community contributions and milestones. It is the largest business event in Central Texas bringing together 1,000 business leaders, entrepreneurs, organizations, government officials and regional chambers.

We are pleased to announce the 2014 award category nominees:

Blackbaud & Entrepreneurs Foundation Non-Profit Award
Anthropos Arts
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas
Skillpoint Alliance
Austin Aztex Soccer Most Uniquely Austin Award
Austin Sailboat Rentals
Broken Records Creative
Eponymous Garden LLC
KMFA Classsical 89.5
SkylesBayne Company
Unnamed Marketing Firm
Austin Energy Technology & Innovation Awards  
Compare Metrics small
EvoSure small
MailLift small
The Zebra small
Toopher small
Bioo Scientific Corporation mid
Everspin Technologies mid
Global Environmental Services mid
SecureNet mid
Starmount mid
Austin Pets Alive! lrg
Chaotic Moon Studios lrg
Hill+Knowlton Strategies lrg
Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa lrg
Kinnser Software lrg
Time Warner Cable Business Class Customer Service & Loyalty Award  
Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More of South Austin sm
Breedlove & Associates sm
Dagar's Catering sm
Innovation Event Management sm
Maximum FX Salons Spa sm
BP3 mid
MAX's Wine Dive mid
Maxwell Locke & Ritter LLP mid
Mr. Rekey Locksmith mid
Perry's Steakhouse & Grille mid
Barnett Auto Group lrg
BuildASign.com lrg
Hilton Austin Convention Center lrg
Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa lrg
Kinnser Software lrg
Higginbotham Health & Wellness Award  
EX Squared Solutions sm
Rachel Madorsky, LCSW Austin Counseling and Relationship Therapy sm
Spacetime Studios sm
The Beck Group sm
The Karis Group sm
MHBT Inc. mid
My Fit Foods mid
Sagacious Consultants mid
Snap Kitchen mid
SolarWinds mid
CSID lrg
Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa lrg
Rackspace lrg
Texas Mutual Insurance Company lrg
KPMG Executive Leadership Award  
Elizabeth Frisch, The Thrival Company (Thrival School) sm
Natalie Kennedy. Kennedy Creative   sm
Greg Stamper, ScriptiLabs sm
Aleks Szymanski, Scrypt, Inc. sm
Kelly Weiss, Austin Habitat for Humanity sm
David Anderson, Novati Technologies Inc. mid
Stephanie Breedlove, Breedlove & Associates mid
Curt Finch, JourneyX mid
Dustin Wells, Headspring mid
Steve Dewire, Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa lrg
James DiMeo, Chales Maund Toyota lrg
John Garrett, Community Impact Newspaper lrg
Ben Lamm, Chaotic Moon Studios lrg
Joe Ross, CSID lrg
Intel Environmental Responsibility & Sustainability Award  
Banyan Water Inc sm
CLEAN AIR Force of Central Texas sm
Compost Pedallers   sm
Lone Star Clean Fuels Alliance  sm
Solid Green Systems sm
car2go mid
incenergy  mid
MHD Enterprises mid
AMD lrg
Green Mountain Energy Company lrg
HID Global lrg
Rackspace lrg
TG lrg
Cook-Walden Community Relations Award  
Alt Creative sm
Cushman & Wakefield | Oxford Commercial  sm
Give Realty sm
Maximum FX Salons Spa sm
Vintage IT Services sm
CSID mid
EX Squared Solutions  mid
Trimbuilt Construction, Inc. mid
Yellow Cab Austin mid
A+ Federal Credit Union lrg
AMD lrg
Bank of America lrg
Meals on Wheels and More lrg
Rackspace lrg
FrankfurtRheinMain International Award
Bioo Scientific 
Emergo Group Inc.
Wincor Nixdorf, Inc. 

Cook-Walden Community Relations Award
Any organization in any industry that demonstrates a successful approach to corporate social responsibility and can show a positive impact on the community.

Time Warner Cable Business Class Customer Service & Loyalty Award
Any organization in any industry dedicated to outstanding customer service and satisfaction in all aspects of sales and services.

Higginbotham Health & Wellness Award 
Any organization in any industry that actively encourages employees to engage in a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle.

Intel Environmental Responsibility and Sustainability Award
Any organization in any industry that demonstrates an alignment with clean energy or clean technology practices.

Austin Energy Technology & Innovation Award
Any organization in any industry that employs new ideas or approaches to doing business.

Blackbaud & Entrepreneurs Foundation Non-Profit Award
Section 501(c)(3) public charity or private foundation that is tirelessly focused on serving the community and the partnerships they have built with for-profit organizations

Austin Aztex Soccer Most Uniquely Austin Award
A company that embraces the unique Austin culture and exemplifies what it means to live and do business in Austin

KPMG Executive Leadership Award
The Executive Leadership Award recognizes presidents, principals or chief executive officers for devoting time and energy to strengthen and transform the organization that they lead. This includes specific situations or initiatives where the recipient's insight, discernment and ability to lead and inspire have guided their organization to a new level of growth, achievement and recognition. Nominees for this award must demonstrate the ability to:

  • Actively support advancement,
  • Create a vision and inspire others,
  • Establish a positive image for his or her business while leading it to higher levels of success,
  • Encourage innovation and risk-taking among employees, and
  • Give back to the community

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