U.S. Chamber taps Iowa’s Golden Openings for top award

Chosen from among 18 finalists, Urbandale's Golden Openings recently emerged as the winner of the $25,000 prize in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Dream Big Small Business of the Year award competition.

The annual prize, presented by MetLife in collaboration with the U.S. Chamber, acknowledges small businesses displaying originality and initiative as well as entrepreneurship, according to an announcement.

Golden Openings handles multiple facets of event planning built around the opening concept, including products such as red carpets, flags and balloons and tools for groundbreaking to specialized kits and guidebooks for event management.

Golden Openings also won a Community Excellence award for positively affecting the quality of life of the community.

“Golden Openings is a model of how small businesses strengthen their communities and local economies,” U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas Donohue said in the release. “In business for the past twenty years, Golden Openings has helped thousands of businesses decide how to open their own doors and make a continued impact in their communities. The Chamber is proud to honor Golden Openings as both the 2017 Dream Big Small Business of the Year and as the recipient of the Community Excellence Award.”

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