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Sandy Summit Awards

Post Date:03/13/2019 9:00 AM


Sandy City’s 2019 Summit Awards

Non-Profit Organization of the Year:
Excellence in the Community

Since forming in 2005, Excellence in the Community has presented over 500 concerts showcasing Utah’s vast array of local talent. Their commitment to providing free entertainment has created a powerful resource in bringing people together and enhancing communities. They received the Summit Award for Best Non-Profit Organization because of their dedication to the arts and the value they bring to our city. 


Small Business of the Year: Special Courses

Special Courses, the winner of this year’s Small Business Award, was created by Chef James, a local veteran, between active military duty tours and brings American style specialty burgers, fries, and drinks to customers. You can find them at The Shops at South Town food court. Their signature dish is The Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot, a hand-pressed hamburger with cheddar cheese, whiskey caramelized onions, hardwood-smoked bacon, romaine lettuce, tomato, and their own private sauce on a locally baked brioche bun. 


Large Business of the Year: Avidxchange, Inc.

AvidXchange is a growing leader in the financial technology industry. They are ranked as one of the fastest growing companies in the nation by Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 and listed in Forbes Cloud 100 as one of the top private cloud companies in the world.  Founders Chris Elmore and Michael Praeger are pioneers in the use of financial cloud-based technology and have developed AvidXchange into the industry leader in accounts payable and payment automation software. The company has over 800 employees and continues to grow. AvidXchange is recognized as our 2018 Large Business of the Year.


Restaurant of the Year: Simply Thai

Simply Thai has been serving Sandy residents for over 13 years. The owner, Nally Chidester, greets every patron with a smile and a warm greeting. Her restaurant serves authentic Thai food known across the valley. Simply Thai brings an ethnic flavor and long history of providing delicious meals to our city. We are grateful for their business in Sandy and recognize them with the Summit Award for Restaurant of the Year. 

Outstanding Business Contribution: Salt Mine

The Salt Mine opened in 2016 and instantly made a difference in the small business community. Owner Dave Edmunds is a champion for small business and offers countless resources to Sandy businesses to help them grow and be successful. The Salt Mine has partnered with several business organizations including the Sandy Chamber Business Institute, Utah Technology Council, and Silicon Slopes to sponsor and host numerous events and training for Sandy businesses. This commitment to the well-being of Sandy businesses and to the city as a whole is most appreciated. Salt Mine is our 2018 Small Business of the Year.


Outstanding Organization of the Year: The Food Truck League

The Food Truck League hosted the inaugural Sandy Food Truck Night event last summer and was met with rave reviews. Thousands of Sandy residents came out to enjoy local food truck fare and gather as a community. The Food Truck League’s successful planning of these events helped solidify the weekly food truck night as a Sandy summer tradition. The Food Truck League was presented as the Summit Award for Outstanding Organization of 2018.

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