EDAWN hands out awards at arts and business luncheon

Chris and R. "Parky" May accepted the Small Company Award for Bergdahl Associates Inc.
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Eight organizations and people from the Greater Reno-Sparks area were honored Thursday at the EDAWN Arts & Business Luncheon and Awards at the Eldorado Resort Casino.

The lunch was held in partnership with the City of Reno, City of Sparks, Sierra Arts Foundation, and the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) to recognize local businesses and people in Greater Reno-Sparks who have demonstrated support and engagement with the local arts and culture community. More than 30 entrees were submitted and more than 400 local business representatives, government leaders, and individuals in the arts community attended the event, according to EDAWN.

The winners of the Arts & Business Awards are:

Microenterprise Company Award (6 or fewer employees)-Laxalt & McIver
Small Company Award (7-49 employees)-Bergdahl Associates, Inc.
Medium Company Award (50-299 employees)-Whitney Peak Hotel
Large Company Award (300+ employees)- Switch
Leadership Award-Cony Linarez, Plaza Maya
Advocate Award-Francine Burge, City of Sparks
Lifetime Achievement Award-Nettie Oliverio, Myself Consulting
Excellence in Arts Business Management Award-Note-Able Music Therapy Services

"Congratulations to all the organizations and individuals who submitted their entry for these awards and especially to the winners. We are very fortunate that Greater Reno-Sparks has the support of so many who are passionate about and understand the positive impact arts and culture have on our community," said Mike Kazmierski, President and CEO of EDAWN. "In our world of economic development we whole-heartedly support a thriving arts and culture presence and the important role it plays in our efforts to attract new businesses and workforce to our region."