Senate Leader Atkins Recognizes San Diego’s i.d.e.a. as Small Business of the Year in the 39th District

June 19, 2018

SACRAMENTO –Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins today recognized San Diego-based i.d.e.a. as Small Business of the Year in the 39th District.


Led by founders Indra Gardiner Bowers and Jon Bailey, i.d.e.a. has been a leading creative agency in San Diego for the past six years, helping clients such as Qualcomm, Splat, Harrah’s and Curio Hotels connect with the public.


Operating with a strong community ethic, i.d.e.a. is a Certified B Corporation, which requires meeting rigorous standards for social, community and environmental responsibility. For example, i.d.e.a. partnered with Father Joe’s Villages, which serves homeless San Diegans, to alter the public perception of homelessness from people being a problem to people being seen as who they are: people.


“Indra, Jon and the whole team at i.d.e.a. lead by example,” Atkins said. “Not only do they provide first-rate professional services for their clients, create middle-class jobs for our workforce and do their part to power our local economy – they also demonstrate what it means for businesses to be good citizens of our region. I am pleased to name i.d.e.a. my Small Business of the Year.”


“We’re honored to receive this award from California Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins,” Gardiner Bowers said. “Being a small business means we have the opportunity to connect with our local community in a special way. It has always been our priority to be socially conscious and give back, whether through volunteer work or providing pro bono work to local nonprofits. We’re proud to be a part of the 39th District and look forward to continue serving this community for many more years to come.” 


In addition to recognizing i.d.e.a during a ceremony in Sacramento today, Atkins will honor a number of small businesses located throughout the 39th District at an event in San Diego on June 21.


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