They called for online votes and the public responded. Sugar Beet Food Co-op, 812 Madison St., was the winner of Rubicon Global’s “Best Small Business in America” contest, and along with it a $10,000 prize to help support the growth of their business. 

Rubicon, which provides recycling and composting services to Sugar Beet, nominated the local business to compete with nine others in the contest. The winner was determined by the most online votes gathered.

The runners up were Grubbly Farms, from Atlanta, which will receive $2,000 and NoBull Burger, from Charlottesville, Va., which will receive $1,000.

“We’d like to sincerely thank every business that participated in the contest over the last several weeks,” David Rachelson, vice president of sustainability for Rubicon Global, said in a press release. “Small businesses are the fabric of America and we can think of no better example of a successful, environmentally-conscious company than Sugar Beet Co-Op.”

Timothy Inklebarger

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