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Bobby Smith, Denton interim police chief, right, presents an award to representatives from Denton Depot during the Mayor and City Council Annual Business Awards Breakfast at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center on Thursday.

Business leaders from across Denton were recognized during the Mayor and City Council Annual Business Awards Breakfast, from start-ups to legacy businesses such as Denton Depot.

During the Thursday event at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center, major organizations within the community pick a business to recognize for its efforts over the past year.

“This is one of the times we enjoy as a council to come together and celebrate the businesses in our community,” Mayor Chris Watts said. “This is really what makes Denton the great community that it is.”

The following business awards were presented Thursday:

  • Aerospace Instrument Support Inc., which provides aircraft maintenance support, was recognized by the Denton Enterprise Airport. Scott Gray, the airport manager, said the company is working to establish a service center at the airport and has been an active business since 1995.
  • Denton Depot, a longtime promotional materials business owned by Tonya and Larry Parker, was recognized by the police department for its work as a community partner and the Parker’s contributions to the police department each year.
  • Kirkpatrick Architecture Studio was recognized by the Fire Department for their continued work in the community, like building Fire Station 7. The station was the first in the state to get Gold Certification under the LEED Green Building Rating System, and still stayed on budget.
  • Tetra Pak, a materials processing plant with North American headquarters in Denton, was recognized by the Denton Public Library for its donations to the summer reading program.
  • Academy Sports and Outdoors was recognized by the Parks and Recreation Department for its donations to the youth football program totaling more than $2,000, with items ranging from whistles to water bottles.
  • Computer Crusher Recycling was recognized by Workforce Solutions of North Texas for its work with the skills development grant and efforts to hire employees from these training programs.
  • Art of the Pet, a recently launched pet accessory marketplace, was recognized by the North Central Texas College Small Business Development Center because owner Tami Nantz began her business with the center’s help.
  • O’Reilly Auto Parts was recognized by Denton ISD’s Career and Technology Education for its work to help make sure the center has auto parts and equipment to help refurbish a food truck and other projects.
  • Josten’s, the company behind class rings and championship rings for professional sports teams, was recognized by North Central Texas College. The company has worked with the college on job training.
  • Scott Brown Commercial was recognized by Texas Woman’s University for its ongoing partnership with the school to house the overflow of students who can’t find space in the dormitories in apartments near the campus.
  • Cortex Therapy Solutions was recognized by the University of North Texas. The company, founded by UNT graduates, developed an app that helps speech development between speech therapy sessions.
  • Tim Beaty Builders was recognized by the Denton Downtown Task Force. Jill Jester, the chairwoman of the task force, talked about how the company has worked to help develop downtown, most recently by buying and renovating the Monroe Pearson events venue at 421 E. Oak St.
  • The Target Distribution Center in town was recognized by the Economic Development Partnership Board for its continued support of the community through volunteer work and donations.

JENNA DUNCAN can be reached at 940-566-6889 and via Twitter at @jennafduncan.

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