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11/4/2016 General
Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Announces 2016 Deubener Award Winners

(SAINT PAUL, MINN., NOVEMBER 4, 2016) - Last evening, the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce announced the 2016 Deubener Award winners at the Eighth Annual Chamber Honors Celebration. Members of the local business community gathered at A'BULAE to celebrate business success in the Saint Paul/East Metro area and honored businesses and individuals from the community for their tremendous efforts.

The Deubener Award winners and finalists are: 


Nonprofit Service Business
Winner: Park Square Theatre
Finalists: Cookie Cart  |  High School for Recording Arts  |  Neighborhood Development Center


For-Profit Service Business
Winner: Solution Blue
Finalists: BWBR  |  Midpointe Event Center



Emerging Business
Winner: Fractional Toy Store
Finalists: Afro Deli  |  Envision Catering and Hospitality

Family-Owned Business
Winner: Sunrise Banks
Finalists: Anchor Paper Company  |  Wellington Management

Women/Minority-Owned Business
Winner: Vogel Mechanical, Inc.
Finalists: HED Cycling Products  |  Innovative Office Solutions



Individual Award Winners:

Emerging Volunteer of the Year
Sara Thatcher, Goff Public


Outstanding Volunteer of the Year
Terri Banaszewski, Sunrise Banks


Legacy of Leadership
William Morrissey, Morrissey Hospitality Companies, Inc.

About the Deubener Awards In honor of Walter & Lydia Deubener, the Saint Paul Area Chamber annually presents Deubener Awards to five organizations that exemplify growth, excellence, risk, diversity and innovation. The Deubeners were the proprietors of a grocery store in downtown Saint Paul and invented the first shopping bag with handles, which increased the store's business overnight. The couple eventually sold their store and established manufacturing facilities in Saint Paul, with sales in 1919 totaling one million bags.