The MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce honored four businesses with Excellence in Business awards March 18 at the Bunker Hills Event Center in Coon Rapids.

Blaine business Infinite Campus won in the large business category. The company provides districtwide data services for over 2,000 schools across 45 states.

QC Dance, of Blaine, won the small business award. The company offers dance and fitness classes and recently relocated to Highway 65 in 2017.

The award in the third category, micro business, went to Instrumental Research, Inc. IRI Labs is an environmental testing laboratory in Fridley.

The lab analyzes water, including drinking sources and runoff, for cities, watershed and conservation districts, private home owners and businesses.

Coon Rapids-based HOPE 4 Youth won the not-for-profit award. The organization works to end homelessness among youth by providing immediate services such as warm meals and showers and by helping create pathways out of homelessness.

The nonprofit has about 7,300 active volunteers, President and CEO Lisa Jacobson said after accepting the award.

MetroNorth annually recognizes businesses based on performance, innovation and community commitment, according to the chamber’s website.

“Congratulations to the 2018 winners,” MetroNorth President Lori Higgins said. “You inspire us and make us proud to be part of a strong business community in the north metro.”

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