Austin Young Chamber of Commerce (AYC) Reveals 2016 FAVE Finalists

Austinites Nominate 85 Companies in 17 Categories in One of a Kind Business Awards Event

Finalists for the Austin Young Chamber’s 7th Annual Favorite Austin Venture or Enterprise (FAVE) Awards, presented by State Farm, have been revealed after a community-wide nominations process concluded in July. All 85 finalists were publicly announced at Green Light Social during an evening event on September 7. The party was hosted by Hired and more than a hundred community leaders, AYC members, and finalists were in attendance.

“There are no other awards like this in Austin,” Reese Cisneros, Chair of the AYC FAVE Committee, explained. “FAVE is the only event that takes thousands of nominations from our community and distills them in 17 categories for a completely public vote. These nominations are made by young Austinites and represent the places that entertain, inspire, and represent what makes Austin great!”

“Every company nominated is a FAVE of young professionals. We had more nominations than ever before and the diversity of our nominees is reflected in our broad community,” Executive Director Matt Glazer emphasized. “These are all companies that appeal to our generation and our city. They all make Austin great. We are honored to celebrate their current and future success at the 7th Annual FAVE Awards Gala on November 11th, and we cannot wait to see who the community selects as their 2016 FAVE winners.”

Voting is open to the public until September 21. The online ballot can be found at

Nominees and Categories:
FAVE Community Minded Company:
Keller Williams Realty International
Kendra Scott Jewelry
Red Velvet Events
Wheatsville Co-op

FAVE Non-Profit:
Austin Pets Alive!
Breakthrough Austin
Mobile Loaves & Fishes
Waller Creek Conservancy
Young Texans Against Cancer

FAVE Place to Grow Professionally:
Austin Community College
Concordia University
General Assembly
Leadership Austin
Texas MBA & Texas MSTC

FAVE Place to Grow Personally:
Independence Title
Keller Williams Realty International
MassMutual Southwest
Pauly + Presley Realty

FAVE Small Business:
Austin Tour Company
Capital Crawfish Company
Freestyle Language Center
Red Velvet Events
The Splendid Traveler

FAVE Place to Keep Austin Healthy:
Black Swan Yoga
Loren Ogin Fitness
People’s Community Clinic
Whole Foods Market

FAVE Innovative Company:
New Waterloo
Student Loan Genius

FAVE Winery/Brewery/Distillery:
Austin Beerworks
Deep Eddy Vodka
Hops & Grain
Independence Brewery

FAVE Happy Hour Spot:
Doc’s Bar & Grill
Hotel Van Zandt
La Condesa
Parlor & Yard
The Dogwood

FAVE Eatery:
Hopdoddy Burger Bar
Little Deli & Pizzeria
Torchy’s Tacos
TRACE Austin

FAVE Night Out:
Alamo Drafthouse
Justine’s Brasserie
South Congress Hotel

FAVE Day Out:
Austin Detours
Austin Parks & Rec
Domain NORTHSIDE | Rock Rose
Viva Day Spa

FAVE Source for Local Info:
Austin Business Journal
Austin Convention & Visitor’s Bureau
Culture Map
The Austin Chronicle

FAVE Major Event or Festival:
ACL Festival
Austin Food & Wine Festival
Blues on the Green
Eeyore’s Birthday

FAVE Entertainment Venue:
Alamo Drafthouse
Brazos Hall
Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater

FAVE Future Minded Company:
Favor Delivery
Seton Healthcare Family
Yellow Cab

FAVE Business Builder:
Capital Factory
Giant Noise
Geek Powered Studios
SOS Leadership

Three local institutions were also inducted into the inaugural “FAVE Hall of FAME” for winning a FAVE Award three years in a row. They will be taking this fourth year off from the process. The three include ACL Live at The Moody, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and SOS Leadership.

The FAVE Awards are hosted BY young professionals honoring businesses who support a community FOR young professionals. Voting will be from September 7th – September 21st. Winners will be celebrated at the FAVE Awards Gala on November 11, 2016. Voting and FAQ can be found online.

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