Designs By Sundown is pleased to announce the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce has presented the company with the 2008 Small Business of the Year Award.

The record number of nominees were evaluated in five key areas: leadership and management ability, innovation, financial performance, prospects for sustained success, and community involvement. The banquet took place at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center on Thursday, May 22nd, with more than 430 business leaders, guests and members represented.


John Brackney, President of the Chamber, presented Michael Hommel, founder and owner of Designs By Sundown, with the award. Michael graciously accepted the award on behalf of his company and employees. “We have an incredible group of individuals who give 110 percent every day for us.”


More than thirty Designs By Sundown employees attended the luncheon and anxiously awaited the opening of the envelope and was ecstatic to hear… and the winner is Designs By Sundown.

Prior to announcing the winner of the Small Business of the Year, the audience was treated to a video presentation of the four finalists outlining their business philosophies and goals. After the presentation of the award, the Chamber Ensemble serenaded the audience with a specially re-written version of Gordon Lightfoot’s “Sundown.”


About The South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce Leadership Awards:


For the past 23 years, the Chamber and The Small Business Development Center present leadership awards to businesses and individuals that, through hard work, perseverance and community spirit, create something out of nothing to make the world a better place. The recipients of these awards epitomize what entrepreneurship is all about.


Visit the Chamber’s website at for additional details on their efforts within the community and these annual awards.