Denver’s Denise Burgess Awarded National Honor by NSBA

June 23, 2014

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June 23, 2014

Molly Brogan Day

Washington, D.C. — The National Small Business Association (NSBA) today recognized Denise Burgess of Burgess Services, an engineering and construction business in Denver, Colo as a finalist for the 2014 Lewis Shattuck Small Business Advocate of the Year Award. Burgess was recognized today in Washington, D.C. for her exemplary work in advocating for America’s small businesses.

“Denise is a dynamic, driven proponent of small business and has stood tall for small businesses in Denver and beyond,” stated NSBA President and CEO Todd McCracken. “She understands the power of entrepreneurship in growing and fostering communities and has been a stand-out small-business leader.”

Burgess serves on the board of trustees for The Denver Foundation, a business-based philanthropic organization associated with the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, of which she also is a trustee. She also is a member of the Denver Urban Renewal Authority, and was the first woman to co-chair the organization, charged with fostering business growth in blighted neighborhoods. Burgess is also on the board of the Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce.

Recently, Burgess Services, as an African-American-female-owned construction services firm, was awarded with the largest public contract in Denver history. Burgess’ political involvement is impressive, having been named co-chair for Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s Transition Team for Development Services in 2011 and serving in a delegation of business leaders who visited the White House in 2012.

“Denise’s good works have been noticed by many, and she recently was named the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce Top 25 Most Powerful Women in 2014, as well as one of the Girl Scouts of Colorado Women of Distinction in 2013,” stated NSBA Chair Jeff Van Winkle of Clark Hill in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Alongside Burgess, NSBA also recognized the following outstanding small-business leaders: Keith Ashmus of the law firm Frantz Ward in Cleveland, Ohio; Alison Brown of high-tech firm NAVSYS Corp in Colorado Springs, Colo.; Michael Janeway of engineering services firm APG Technologies in Potomac Falls, Va.; and Brian Stein of S&S Intersource, a refractory business serving the steel industry in Mars, Pa.

Celebrating more than 75 years in operation, NSBA is a staunchly nonpartisan organization advocating on behalf of America’s entrepreneurs. NSBA’s 65,000 members represent every state and every industry in the U.S., and we are proud to be the nation’s first small-business advocacy organization. Please visit or follow us at @NSBAAdvocate.