The Lafayette-based Creative Alliance Ltd. has received an American Graphic Design Award from GD USA magazine for design work on behalf of two clients. The marketing agency designed a series of four safety promotion posters for Global Aerospace, Inc., which were also featured in the June issue of GD USA magazine. It also designed a box for LaserCycle USA’s remanufactured laser toner cartridges.

Linda Boyd, owner of the Instant Imprints franchise in Louisville, has been named Franchisee of the Year Award by the International Franchise Association. Linda and her husband, Mike, are also the company’s area franchisees for the state of Colorado.

Boulder Valley Credit Union received a Louis Herring Philosophy-In-Action Member Service Award from the Mountain West Credit Union Association. The credit union took first place in the $250 million in assets category for its high school student credit union branch program that helps students learn to manage their own money responsibly and establish credit before they graduate from high school. The award recognizes credit unions that demonstrate in an extraordinary way the practical application of the People Helping People philosophy. Louise Herring is dubbed the Mother of Credit Unions by the Ohio General Assembly for her help in chartering nearly 500 credit unions.

Boulder-based Elevations Credit Union’s marketing team received three Golden Mirror awards from the Credit Union Executive Society. Elevations received a first place award in the miscellaneous category for an internal campaign supporting a major technology upgrade. It placed second in the television category and received an award of merit in the radio category. It also received a MAC Bronze Award in the Comprehensive Campaign category.

New Sky Energy received an Artemis award, which highlights the top 50 most promising startup companies in the water industry. New Sky has offices in Boulder and Austin, Texas. New Sky works with energy and manufacturing companies to convert their industrial wastes into the chemicals they use every day. New Sky’s process converts salt and carbon dioxide wastes into valuable chemicals, the sale of which can make water treatment and desalination projects profitable.