Meaningful Capitalism Awards

Years ago, in a message to the Platinum Group team, our founder, Dean Bachelor, summarized a mission for the firm Meaningful Capitalism.TM  In short, Dean’s passion was to bring significant meaning to the stakeholders of every client Platinum worked with and to drive the economic engine – capitalism – which is the foundation of our great country.

Ways to Participate

Sponsorships available – Now Open!
Nominations available – Now Open!
Awards ceremony – May 4, 2023

Ways to Participate

Sponsorships available – Now Open!
Nominations available – Now Open!
Judges select honorees – January 2023
Awards ceremony – May 2023

WHY

In 2021, Dean Bachelor, our friend and the Founder of Platinum Group, passed away, leaving Meaningful Capitalism as his legacy. Neither element of the mission took priority over the other as Dean lived this every day. Capitalism was never prioritized over what was best for our clients and their stakeholders, and no individual was prioritized over all the stakeholders involved.

To honor Dean’s legacy, we have created the Meaningful Capitalism Award to celebrate business owners who serve the best interest of their company’s stakeholders while building financially strong, sustainable enterprises that benefit individuals, families, and communities in tangible ways.

WHO

We are seeking nominations for business owners and companies who exemplify the heart of Meaningful Capitalism. We hope to partner with like-minded sponsors who would like to celebrate and bring honor to those business owners and companies striving to serve their employees and communities.

WHEN

We will begin accepting nominations in January 2023, for our first annual Meaningful Capitalism Awards ceremony. Sponsors are welcome to join us and will receive a variety of benefits!

JOIN US

We invite you to join us in celebrating successful business owners through the Meaningful Capitalism Awards ceremony being held May 4, 2023. Your support will demonstrate the value of creating meaningful relationships and caring connections with people and communities as a means of driving the economic engine of our great country.

Click here to explore 2023 Sponsorship Opportunities! If you're interested in sponsoring, please contact Bill English at 952-259-3217.

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, three 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 May 4, 2023 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Metropolitan in Golden Valley.

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.

Thank you 2023 sponsors!

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.