Revised December 2023

Access the Recognition you Deserve: Your Socially Responsible Colorado Award Guide

Your go-to resource for socially responsible Colorado award listings for is here! Find business awards around the state that your organization can apply to and gain the recognition you deserve for your efforts. 

If you’re a investor of B:CIVIC and win an award, let us know and we will be sure to feature your organization in an upcoming newsletter and on social media. This list is growing, be sure to check back.


Looking for national CSR and Corporate Citizenship Recognition Awards? Check out Realized Worth’s List here.

Best Places to Work | Deadline: TBA

The Best Places to Work Awards recognize local employers that have gone above and beyond to create an outstanding workplace culture. The rankings are based on confidential surveys of employees that measure success in team dynamics, trust in leadership, communication and more, with only the top-scoring companies in the region earning the coveted right to be named one of the Best Places to Work.

Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Business | Deadline: TBA

Recognizing 25 of the most powerful women in our community and one legacy winner, the Top 25 Gala brings together influential individuals and companies to celebrate women who are leaders within their organizations and communities and who are paving the way for other women leaders. Winners are nominated by their peers and selected by a committee comprised of past award winners and other Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce Community members. 

Prism Social Impact Awards | Deadline: TBA

The National Institute for Social Impact (NI4SI) is proud to host the PRISM Awards. Celebrating businesses and entrepreneurs in Colorado that use the powerful economic engine of capitalism for good, not merely for gain. Referred to as the Fourth Sector, these Social Impact Businesses and Social Entrepreneurs are changing the way business is done. This new sector of the economy is embracing businesses that merge mission and margin, purpose and profit; it is reshaping the economy, capitalism, businesses and nonprofits. This event celebrates a business, either for profit or nonprofit, that pursues purpose in addition to profit. This higher purpose can be social and/or environmental and provides impact that can be measured.

Business Awards | Deadline: January 12

The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce hosts its Business Awards annually to recognize local organizations in six categories: large nonprofit, small nonprofit, woman or BIPOC-owned, small business, start-up, and economic driver of the year. These awards recognize the organizations that are writing Denver’s next chapter in business. Award applicants are narrowed down to three finalists in each category. The finalists are honored at our luncheon, and the winners will be announced live!

Small Business Awards | Deadline: February 12

Small businesses fuel our economy and showcase the innovation and drive that make Denver’s business community special. Small Business Awards honors excellence and resilience among small businesses, highlighting their contributions to metro Denver.

Leaders in Diversity Awards | Deadline: February 19

Diversity, equity and inclusion are not just features of a strong workplace and healthy culture — they play an important role in maintaining a competitive advantage. We are looking for business leaders making a real impact.

Colorado Companies to Watch | Deadline: March 1

These companies have real stories to tell. We want to hear them. 2nd Stage companies hold a unique place in our economy. Through their leadership, innovation, and growth, they ignite our communities with potential beyond measure. They are fueling the economic fire. Support Colorado’s 2nd Stage companies by nominating or applying today and shining the spotlight on those that truly deserve it. The Colorado Companies to Watch nomination process is quick and easy, and takes just a few minutes.

Outstanding Women in Business | Deadline: April 1

Outstanding Women in Business are leaders driving change, earning admiration, inspiring the community and delivering results. Nominees will be scored on their professional accomplishments, innovation and community involvement. Self-nominations encouraged.

Top 100 Woman-Owned Companies | Deadline: May 12

Calling all female business leaders! Nominate your firm for ColoradoBiz’s annual ranking of Colorado’s Top 100 Woman-Owned Companies. The ranking is based on revenues for the most recent full year.

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Top Company Awards | Deadline: July 8

We invite you to enter the competition for the annual Top Company of the Year Awards. We’re looking for Colorado’s most outstanding businesses who are paving the way for Colorado business! The finalists will be honored at an event in the fall and the winners will be announced live.

National Philanthropy Day | Deadline: July 15

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Colorado Chapter defines diversity as the seeking and achievement of a broad representation of experiences, perspectives, opinions, and cultures within philanthropy. The National Philanthropy Day Steering Committee encourages nominations from all individuals, groups, and organizations representing all regions of Colorado. We believe that inclusiveness is an essential source of strength and vitality. Awards include: Outstanding Large Business, Outstanding Small Business, and Outstanding Foundation.

Most Admired CEO | Deadline: July 22

The Denver Business Journal is seeking nominations for our annual Most Admired CEOs awards, which highlights CEOs and their contributions to their companies and communities. Do you know a chief executive who deserves the title? Nominate them today.

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Top Workplace Award | Deadline: December 15

Give your organization the opportunity to gain valuable recognition, increase employee engagement, attract and retain top talent, and transform its culture with data-based insights. Nominate your company for a Top Workplaces award.

Business for the Arts Awards | Deadline: Internal

Business for the Arts Awards celebrate innovative partnerships, generous philanthropy, creative businesses and stellar leadership across the state. The annual awards luncheon is the the only statewide event honoring companies and individuals for their outstanding partnerships and engagement with the arts.  Over 700 corporate, cultural and civic leaders will attend this inspiring, arts-infused event.

Mile High United Way Business Awards| Deadline: Internal

Mile High United Way partners with hundreds of local companies on their corporate social responsibility goals, and we are pleased to recognize outstanding corporate partners annually at our Community Champions Celebration. Awards are given to companies that have achieved excellence in specific categories to help improve employee and community needs. 

MLK Business Awards | Deadline: Internal

On January 17, 1986, the first Martin Luther King, Jr. Business Social Responsibility Awards luncheon was held.  For the 30th annual presentation of the awards on January 16, 2015, the name was changed to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Business Awards.  The awards luncheon is now sponsored by 14 civic organizations and chambers of commerce.

Each year, awards are presented to individuals, corporations and non-profit organizations for their exceptional community service endeavors in honor and memory of Dr. King.  In 2007, the Trailblazer Award was added to recognize pioneers in the civil rights movement in Colorado.

Partners in Philanthropy Awards | Deadline: Internal

Partners in Philanthropy awards is a celebration of community service & corporate giving. This breakfast event highlights the great generosity of our leading local corporations & organizations as well as the incredible work of Denver’s local nonprofits.

If you want to add a award, or update details for an entry in the guide, please reach out to and be sure to include the deadline, and link. Please note that the descriptions are summarized from the corresponding event’s website and do not necessarily reflect the views of B:CIVIC.