Our annual Business Appreciation Event was held on Thursday, March 28th from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at Jimmy’s Event Center. Each year VHEDC presents individual awards at this event including Rising Star award(s) and Business Leadership Award.

Rising Stars Award (could have multiple recipients): The Rising Stars Award is awarded to an individual younger than 40 years of age who demonstrates outstanding leadership that benefits the community and its citizens. Areas of outstanding service include working with youth, adults, and families to improve the northeast metro area. Leadership qualities include creativity, volunteerism, responsibility, problem-solving, respectfulness, cooperation and organizational skills. Leadership qualities are not limited to VHEDC activities and may include work for other organizations.

Business Leadership Award (given to one individual): The Business Leadership Award is designed to honor an individual who has achieved recognition in their field and made significant contributions to the respective profession and business or organization. The award is open anyone who has demonstrated a successful and exemplary history of leadership resulting in noteworthy accomplishments for the business or organization that the leader serves.