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Congratulations to Jam Hops in Minnesota!


Finalists Recognized at the CO— Big Week for Small Business

HAM LAKE, MN — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce awarded Jam Hops Gymnastics Factory from Ham Lake, Minnesota as the 2020 winner of the $25,000 prize for its annual Dream Big Small Business of the Year Award, presented by Chase for Business. The annual award celebrates the achievements of small businesses and honors their contributions to America’s economic growth. 

The Dream Big Small Business of the Year Award recognizes a small business that exemplifies the spirit of innovation, entrepreneurship, and individual initiative. The winner exemplifies success and leadership across business growth performance, innovative business strategies, community engagement, as well as customer and employee relations.   

“The main factors that have contributed to the success and growth of Jam Hops are the focus placed on our culture, and the passion we have for what we do,” said Brenda Nolby, CEO of Jam Hops.  “By providing a workplace that set high standards and supports a strong work ethic that will create future leaders, I believe that we’re making an important contribution to our community.”


Award winners were selected by a panel of judges from twenty-four finalists in consideration for each of the seven Business Achievement Awards and the one Dream Big Small Business of the Year Award.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and the fabric of our communities. Over the last several months, they have faced challenge after challenge, and their grit, determination, and generosity are an inspiration to us all,” said Tom Sullivan, U.S. Chamber vice president of small business policy. “Through the Dream Big Awards, the U.S. Chamber is proud to honor the very best in American small business – the innovators, dreamers, and doers who despite this year’s obstacles, continue to be a beacon of hope through their actions, contributions, and leadership. Congratulations to Jam Hops, and all of this year’s award winners and finalists.” 

Award winners were announced at the Dream Big Awards Ceremony as part of the 2020 virtual event The Big Week for Small Business, which took place October 13-15, 2020.  

The Dream Big Small Business of the Year, Jam Hops Gymnastics Factory, was formed in 1997 with the merger of two gymnastics programs. Over the years, the business grew and then outgrew its facility with new programs and students. In 2014 their programs were spread out among three different locations.

In 2017, Jam Hops built and moved into a new 43,000 square foot mega-complex to house all of their programs at one location. Today, they offer gymnastics, Ninja Zone, cheer, dance, theater, academic preschool, day camps, birthday parties, activities and more!

In 2019, Jam Hops opened its second location in Anoka for gymnastics and also built a theater to house Upstage Productions children's theater in the Anoka location.

As they grow, the purpose of the business to positively impact our community and families found within did not change. Jam Hops will continue to seek out ways to engage children in activities that aid in their overall development. Jam Hops also continues to assist parents with affordable, quality options for their children to participate in a fun, safe atmosphere.

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