Kudos! – August 24, 2012

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Forté Events wins “Best Wedding Budget Over $200,000” award

Forté Events Inc., a Colorado Springs-based strategic event design and production firm, received International Special Events Society Esprit Award for “Best Wedding Budget Over $200,000” — an Alice in Wonderland-themed event that included a rabbit hole entryway, shrinking room, hedge maze, a 75-foot- long Mad-Hatter table, and characters from the story.

Forté Events also won this year’s ISES Denver Excellence Award for “Best Wedding Budget Over $50,000” in June. These awards make Forté Events the winner of the best wedding produced in the state of Colorado in the year of 2011 and the best wedding produced in the world in 2011 as judged by the event industry.

Local Rapid Refill named among nation’s top 20 franchises

The local Rapid Refill store was recently recognized for ranking in the top 20 of all Rapid Refill franchises in the nation. This makes the ninth consecutive year the store has ranked in the top 20.

“We simply save people and businesses money on their ink and toner cartridges and we do it with friendly courteous employees,” said Rapid Refill store co-owner Mike Warner.

Rapid Refill remanufactures most inkjet cartridges at their 17 North Circle Drive facility and sells laser toner cartridges manufactured by the top remanufacturers.

Stresscon Corp. honored for workplace safety

Stresscon Corp. in Colorado Springs was among six companies honored by the Department of Labor and Employment at its second annual Workplace Safety Awards.

Stresscon was founded in 1967 and designs, fabricates and erects structural and architectural precast concrete structures for the construction community.

“A safe workplace benefits everyone,” said Ellen Golombek, Department of Labor and Employment executive director.

In Colorado, there are roughly 120,000 work-related injuries each year and a quarter of those result in lost time, she said.

“Reducing that number can be challenging, particularly for some industries, but these award winners will tell you that the benefits in employee productivity and morale and premium savings make it worth the effort.”