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Awards and Distinctions

Awards and Distinctions

We don’t like to toot our own horn.

Luckily, others have been tooting it for us. Here’s where we humble-brag about the distinctions and recognition that we’ve gained over the years.  From print industry awards to local small business awards to national-level business growth awards, we’ve collected some shiny badges. 

Colorado Business Choice Award: Best Printer

ColoradoBiz 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016

For six years running, ColoradoBiz readers have voted for YellowDog as Colorado’s Best Printer. In 2021, for the first time, we were also voted Colorado’s Best Sign Company. And, in a nod to our creative and design team, we’ve been voted a Best Marketing/Advertising Agency runner-up!

The Best of Colorado Business Choice Awards 2021 >

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Print Excellence Award: Best in Category for Large Format Print, and People’s Choice Award

Western States Printing Alliance, 2020

This Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming print competition celebrates the extraordinary craft of creating unique and incredibly beautiful printed material. YellowDog’s print work was announced a winner in the categories of large format prints and poster prints in March 2020. 

From the award announcement: 

“For their office entryway, YellowDog created a large scale mural of an image by Colorado artist, Robin Gates. The style, color, and affection in the art captures YellowDog’s brand ethos. Scaling the original print to 220″ wide by 185″ tall, it covers a full wall and overlaps into a glass-walled conference room. It was printed with 6c inks on Mojave 4 mil wall graphic removable vinyl.”

The Hug Your Dog mural also took ‘best in category’ for Large/Grand Format Print. Our other office mural, Curiosity Community Creativity, won silver.

Our Mile High City poster won honorable mention in the poster/art reproduction category.

Print Excellence Awards >

Colorado Companies to Watch: Winner

Bank of America, 2020

This unique program honors 50 high-performing 2nd stage companies from across the state of Colorado. A panel of CCTW volunteer judges that serve as industry leaders from across Colorado will come together to select 50 award-winning companies from the list of 93 finalists.

CCTW: Meet The Finalists >

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Small Business of the Year Award: Finalist

Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, 2021

Recognizing the best in the Denver metro area, 18 organizations have been named as finalists for the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce’s 2020 Business Awards. YellowDog is a finalist in the Small Business category, along with Bespoke Event Group and Core Contractors Roofing Systems.

Denver Metro Chamber Names 2021 Business Awards Finalists >

Small Business Award: Finalist

Denver Business Journal, 2020

We’ve been selected as one of five finalists for the Denver Business Journal’s Small Business Awards in the medium-sized category. Other finalists are LED Supply Company, Etkin Johnson Real Estate, American Appliance Group, and Transworld Business Advisors.

Revealed: DBJ’s 2020 Small Business Awards finalists >

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Top 100 Small Commercial Printers

PrintingNews, 2021, 2020

Each year, Printing News invites small commercial print business owners in the United States to participate in their survey and ranking. They set an upper limit for participation at $25 million in annual revenues. YellowDog made this prestigious national ranking, coming in at #82 in 2020 and #87 in 2021.

2021 Top 100 Small Commercial Printers >

Inc. 5000

Inc. Magazine, 2020

The Inc. 5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. YellowDog was thrilled to be included in this national-level ranking for the first time in 2020.

Inc. 5000 2020 >

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Top 100 Colorado Woman-Owned Companies

ColoradoBiz, 2021, 2020

Jenny Mulligan, President and majority shareholder at YellowDog, made the list of Top 100 Colorado Woman-Owned Businesses, coming in at #72 in 2020 and #88 in 2021. ColoradoBiz Magazine makes this illustrious annual ranking based on annual revenue and percent growth. Way to go, women!

Colorado’s Top 100 Colorado Woman-Owned Companies >`

Colorado’s Top 100 Colorado Woman-Owned Companies >

Certified Minority Women Business Enterprise

Colorado Office of Development & International Trade  (COEDIT)

In 2021, we received formal certification from the State of Colorado and the City and County of Denver as a Certified Minority Women Business Enterprise (M/WBE). We also gained status as a certified Small Business Enterprise (SBE). 

Check out our listing in the Minority Business Office Directory: 

Minority Business Office Directory Listing >

Environmental Leadership Program - Bronze Achiever

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 2021

CDPHE’s Environmental Leadership Program has recognized YellowDog as one of several organizations across the state that go beyond compliance by advancing sustainability in Colorado. To make Colorado a healthier place to live, work, and play, we’ve created initiatives in the areas of waste minimization and diversion, as well as in corporate social responsibility.

Environmental Leadership Program Bronze Achiever Listing >

Best in Denver: Print Shop and Graphic Designer

Expertise.com, 2021

Expertise scores Denver agencies on more than 25 variables across the five categories: availability, qualifications, reputation, experience, and professionalism. It then analyzes the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

Best Denver Print Shop >

Best Denver Branding Agency >

Best Denver Graphic Designer >

Best for Colorado, Honorable Mention

B Lab Colorado, 2018

YellowDog was recognized as a Best for Colorado company at the inaugural Best for Colorado Awards. The Alliance Center’s Best for Colorado program serves as the hub for corporate social responsibility for Colorado businesses. It allows companies to measure and improve their social and environmental impact, regardless of where they are on their corporate social responsibility journey.

Best for Colorado >

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