Mayor Slay, along with Otis Williams, executive director of SLDC, presented the awards in the following categories:
Businesses of the Year (Businesses of various sizes that made special commitments to, or investments in, the City. Factors for consideration include projects that brought new services to underserved areas, catalytic investment in pioneering areas, contributions to the diversity of the business community):
- Akstrakt Marketing Group
- Mechanical Solutions, Inc.
- FUSION Marketing
- TD4 Electrical
- Grice Group Architects
- John Volpi & Company, Inc.
- Henkel Consumer Goods
- Wells Fargo Advisors
Also under this category, 28 City businesses – one per City ward – were honored as Neighborhood Businesses of the Year:
- Albert Arno, Inc.
- Gregg’s Bar & Grill
- Butch’s Lock & Key
- Harry’s Barber Shop
- La Mancha Coffeehouse
- J. Justin Meehan Law Office
- Edele & Mertz Hardware Co.
- Botanicals Design Studio
- El Torito Restaurant
- Loughborough Auto Body
- Gravois Glass
- Café Nova
- Taft Street Restaurant & Bar
- Gustine Market
- The Green Goose
- The Gramophone
- Bowood Farms & Café Osage
- Guarantee Interiors
- Nebula Coworking
- M-1 Food Market
- Eye Fashion Factory
- Mom’s Deli
- St. Louis Strings Violin Shop
- Schmidt Equipment & Supply
- B&B Supermarket
- The Kutt Factory Barber and Beauty Salon
- Sub Zero Vodka Bar
Developers/Developments of the Year (Real estate developments that most dramatically convert a catalytic vision for the City into bricks and mortar):
- Barnes-Jewish Hospital Center for Outpatient Health
- CORTEX/St. Louis Innovation Center Phase II
- Cupples 9
- Jefferson Commons Saint Louis University School of Law
- The MX
Quality of Life Award (Individuals and organizations that improved the quality of life for City residents and businesses through their dedication and hard work):
- KIPP Inspire Academy
- Sheldon Arts Foundation
- Saint Louis Art Museum
- St. Louis Public Safety Partnership
Mayor’s Award (Individuals, companies and organizations that acted as special catalysts for economic development in the City):
- Lawrence Biondi, S.J., president emeritus, Saint Louis University
The City of St. Louis Business Celebration Luncheon began in 2002 as a way to thank the business community for its commitment to the City and to growing the region. Approximately 1,000 guests attended the luncheon, which was held at the Renaissance Grand Hotel.
Major sponsors of the 2013 City of St. Louis Business Celebration Luncheon were: Ameren Missouri, Edward Jones, First Bank, Hilliker Corporation, Laclede Gas, Lumiere Place Casino & Hotels, Peabody Energy, Thompson Coburn, and Wells Fargo Advisors. Other sponsors included BJC HealthCare, Gilmore & Bell, GreenStreet Real Estate Ventures, Husch Blackwell, Mallinckrodt, Nestle Purina, Procter & Gamble St. Louis, and the St. Louis Business Journal.
St. Louis Development Corporation
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