Uptown business leaders honored for community work

Salon Levante, Columbia Sportswear and FirstTech CEO Harvey Zuckman were recently honored at Uptown’s inaugural Business of Community Awards.

The Uptown Association, a nonprofit dedicated to Uptown’s economic vitality, provided the awards based on criteria like community involvement and a rewarding workplace environment.

Small Business of the Year was Salon Levante at 3040 Hennepin Ave., which is involved in the Adopt-A-Block initiative and recently donated to the victims of the Uptown condo fire.

Large Business of the Year went to Columbia Sportswear at 3014 Hennepin Ave., which has donated to area organizations including Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, The Loppet Foundation and the Uptown Art Fair.

Community Leader of the Year was Harvey Zuckman, who has reported more than 100 incidents to 311. He developed the Uptown Opportunity Task Force, and is a longtime volunteer at the Uptown Association. Many members of the FirstTech staff at 2640 Hennepin Ave. have worked there 10-20 years.