Meaningful Capitalism Awards

The Meaningful Capitalism Awards celebrate individuals who are leading financially successful, free market enterprises benefiting all of their stakeholders in significant ways.

The Awards Program

In May 2023, five Upper Midwest business owners will be recognized for their proven ability to build financially strong, sustainable enterprises that benefit individuals, families and communities in tangible and special ways.

These outstanding individuals will be honored during an awards reception featuring hors d’evours, beverages and brief remarks from each honoree. The reception will serve primarily as a means for an anticipated 200 guests to visit with each award recipient and other attendees passionate about meaningful capitalism.

The reception will be held on a weeknight from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. during the first week of May 2023 at a Twin Cities location yet to be determined.

Sponsorship Benefits

  • Publicly extend your commitment to values-based, purpose-driven leadership. 
  • Celebrate the ability of free market capitalism to help individuals, families, communities and society.
  • Gain additional exposure to like-minded business owners and leaders across Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota and Wisconsin.
  • Affiliate your brand with other highly respected brands as this program is marketed to the media and directly to 5,000+ business owners and leaders.

Why ‘Meaningful Capitalism?’

In 2021 Dean Bachelor, our friend and the Founder of Platinum Group, passed away, leaving Meaningful Capitalism as his legacy and the core value of Platinum. Dean wrote and trademarked the following definition:

Meaningful, because the work we do as business owners have significant meaning to their shareholders, investors, boards of directors, officers, employees, customers, partners and vendors. Meaningful, because we know ethical business owners care about these stakeholder groups. Meaningful, because profits not only enrich the owners, but they provide job stability for employees and their local community. In addition, employees are encouraged to grow their skills and talents to become all they can be. Products and services are produced ethically, which allows the community to flourish. And philanthropy demonstrates a selflessness which is sometimes uncommon in today’s business environment.

Capitalism, because it is the engine that provides economic freedom in the United States, the greatest country on earth, a country based on “freedom and liberty for all” through the development and preserving of the free enterprise system. We understand that the opposite—socialism—has failed miserably throughout the world. Capitalism, although imperfect, still provides the best way for people to hold their heads high with pride in the fruits of their labor, earning a fair wage. In addition, Capitalism, often leads to the accumulation of wealth, which can benefit both the individual as well as their communities.

To honor Dean’s legacy, we have created the Meaningful Capitalism Awards.

Sponsorship Options

Gold Sponsors – $5000

  • Eight complimentary guest passes.
  • Gold Sponsor designated badges for up to eight Sponsor representatives.
  • One stand-alone floor banner placed at main entrance to awards reception.
  • Attendee list with contact information for those who opt-in to receive Sponsor information.
  • Public “thank you” for how Sponsor is a champion of meaningful capitalism.
  • 1-minute slide presentation to be shown on monitors during award reception. Slides to be supplied by Sponsor and approved in advance by Platinum.
  • Mention in news release and marketing materials, including nominee invitations.
  • Participate in process of selecting award recipients.
  • Sponsor logo will be prominently displayed in highest tier of logos...
    1. Front-door event welcome banner.
    2. Meaningful Capitalism Awards (MCA) web site (banner) with link to Sponsor web site.
    3. Acknowledgment in event brochure.
    4. On-sight slide rotation with dedicated slide.

Silver Sponsors – $2500

  • Four complimentary guest passes.
  • Silver Sponsor designated badges for up to four Sponsor representatives.
  • One stand-alone floor banner placed at main entrance to awards reception.
  • Sponsor logo will be prominently displayed in second tier of logos... 
    1. Front-door event welcome banner.
    2. MCA web site with link back to Sponsor web site.
    3. Acknowledgment in event brochure.
    4. Walk-in, on-sight slide rotation, non-dedicated slide.

Bronze Sponsors – $1000

  • Two complimentary guest passes.
  • Sponsor logos will be prominently displayed in third tier of logos...
    1. MCA web site with link back to Sponsor web site.
    2. Acknowledgment in event brochure.
    3. Walk-in, on-sight slide rotation, non-dedicated slide.

Logo-Only Sponsors – $500

  • One complimentary guest pass.
  • Sponsor logos will be prominently displayed in third tier of logos...
    1. MCA web site with link back to Sponsor web site.
    2. Acknowledgment in event brochure.

Individual Tickets – $45

The Process 

Sponsorships – available Now to Oct. 31, 2022* 

Nominations – accepted Oct. 1 to Dec. 2, 2022

Applications – completed Dec. 5 to Jan. 20, 2023 by nominees

Judges – review/select Jan. 2 to Jan. 20, 2023 five honorees

Honorees – notified Jan. 25 to Feb. 3, 2023

Nominators – updated Feb. 6 to Feb. 10, 2023

News Release – issued Feb. 15, 2023

Awards Reception – first week May 2023

*Sponsorship payments due by November 30, 2022

Why ‘Meaningful Capitalism?’

In 2021 Dean Bachelor, our friend and the Founder of Platinum Group, passed away, leaving Meaningful Capitalism as his legacy and the core value of Platinum. Dean wrote and trademarked the following definition:

Meaningful, because the work we do as business owners have significant meaning to their shareholders, investors, boards of directors, officers, employees, customers, partners and vendors. Meaningful, because we know ethical business owners care about these stakeholder groups. Meaningful, because profits not only enrich the owners, but they provide job stability for employees and their local community. In addition, employees are encouraged to grow their skills and talents to become all they can be. Products and services are produced ethically, which allows the community to flourish. And philanthropy demonstrates a selflessness which is sometimes uncommon in today’s business environment.

Capitalism, because it is the engine that provides economic freedom in the United States, the greatest country on earth, a country based on “freedom and liberty for all” through the development and preserving of the free enterprise system. We understand that the opposite—socialism—has failed miserably throughout the world. Capitalism, although imperfect, still provides the best way for people to hold their heads high with pride in the fruits of their labor, earning a fair wage. In addition, Capitalism, often leads to the accumulation of wealth, which can benefit both the individual as well as their communities. 

To honor Dean’s legacy, we have created the Meaningful Capitalism Awards.