Business Recognition Awards

June 2012 Business Recognition Award Recipients

Concord Locksmith
2012 Business Recognition Award Recipient: Concord LocksmithThis business received an award for its longevity in the community.

Concord Locksmith has been in business for 65 years. This old-fashioned locksmith shop has been providing complete security and professional key systems for commercial and residential customers since 1947. Don Tompkins opened the business in Concord, ran it for many years and then handed it over to his son, Mark. In 1981, Sam Lage began working at the store, eventually becoming a partner with Mark in 1984. Sam and his wife, Lisa, then took over the business from the Tompkins family in 1989.

This is the oldest locksmith shop in Concord and the Lages' and their 6 employees are known for their excellent customer service, industry expertise, and treatment of all customers as family. These business owners keep up with the changing times, and are seeing huge growth in the "keyless entry" sector.

Concord Locksmith provides services to customers throughout Contra Costa, Alameda, San Francisco and San Joaquin Counties. Business has been improving in 2012, and they were recently able to hire a new employee. The store is located at 2228 Concord Boulevard, between Colfax and Grant Streets in downtown Concord.

Lowe's of Concord
2012 Business Recognition Award Recipient: Lowe's of ConcordThis business received an award for its major sales tax generation and as a major employer in the community.

Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, North Carolina, Lowe's has grown from a small hardware store to the second-largest home improvement retailer in the world. Lowe's stocks 40,000 products ranging from appliances, tools, paint, lumber and nursery items. Lowe's operates more than 1,745 stores in the United States, Canada and Mexico and is a Fortune 50 company that serves approximately 15 million customers a week.

owe's of Concord opened on Arnold Industrial Way in January 2010 and was a welcome addition to north Concord. This has been a top-performing store in the bay area since it opened, and it is one of the top 20 sales tax producing retailers in the City of Concord. This 117,000 sq. ft. store with 31,000 sq. ft. garden center employs 140 people.

Lowe's supports its local communities through funding natural disaster relief efforts, longstanding partnerships with Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Together, and the "Lowe's Toolbox for Education" program which provides educational grants to local schools throughout the country each year.

The City of Concord appreciates these businesses and their commitment to the community.

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Past Recipients

Concord is proud of the companies that make up its business community. Every year, the City, in partnership with the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, recognizes up to twelve businesses through the Business Recognition Awards program. This program was established in 1997 to showcase and publicly acknowledge successful Concord businesses that have contributed in a unique way to the economic well-being of the City of Concord.

Program Guidelines

In order to qualify for an award, a business needs to meet one or more of the following requirements:

  • Major tax generator
  • Proven longevity in Concord
  • Major employer
  • Significant business growth within a year's time
  • Innovative products and/or services
  • Significant support to Concord community


  • Presentation and acknowledgment at a City Council meeting
  • Acknowledgment in a City advertisement in a local newspaper
  • Highlighted on City's Economic Development website
  • Presentation and acknowledgement at Concord's annual Mayor's State of the City Address
  • Final Acknowledgement in a City advertisement in a local newspaper following the Mayor's State of the City Address

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Contact Us

For more information, contact Economic Development at 925-671-3355

John Montagh, Economic Development & Housing Manager
Robert Ramirez, Economic Development Specialist

City of Concord CA