Urbandale company named U.S. Chamber's small business of the year

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September 25, 2017

Golden Openings Inc. of Urbandale is the winner of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's 2017 Dream Big Small Business of the Year Award.

The award celebrates the achievements of small businesses and honors their contributions to America’s economic growth.

The company received a $25,000 prize.

Golden Openings plans grand-opening and ground-breaking celebrations for businesses, and sells products associated with those events, including over-sized ceremonial scissors and ribbons, banners and souvenir shovels.

President Kimberly Baeth launched the company in 1997. She hosted 37 events and brought in $20,000 her first year, according the the Golden Openings website. The company is on pace to achieve revenue of more than $1.6 million this year, the website says.

Golden Openings also received the U.S. Chamber's Community Excellence Award, which is decided through online voting. 

“Golden Openings is a model of how small businesses strengthen their communities and local economies,” Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said in a news release. “In business for the past 20 years, Golden Openings has helped thousands of businesses decide how to open their own doors and make a continued impact in their communities.”

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