Bear Icebox Communications named to 2nd Annual Power Partner Awards

Roundup highlights B2B partners that support startups across all business functions and empower growth

Inc. Business Media announced today the second annual Power Partner Awards, honoring B2B organizations across the globe that have proven track records supporting entrepreneurs and helping startups grow. Bear Icebox Communications, a Chicago-based full-service public relations firm, has been chosen as a recipient based on validation from its clients.

The Inc. list recognizes firms in marketing and advertising, health and wellness, financial services, legal, logistics, and productivity, as well as other areas of business. All of the companies received top marks from clients for being instrumental in helping leadership navigate the dynamic world of startups.

These B2B partners support entrepreneurs across various facets of the business, including: hiring, compliance, infrastructure development, cloud migration, fundraising, etc., allowing founders to focus on their core missions.

“Trusted B2B partners provide guidance and expertise that founders rely on at various steps of their organization’s journey. Partners that possess a demonstrated ability to deliver quality support are at the core of entrepreneurship and help bring big ideas to life,” said Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc. Business Media.

Since 2016, Bear Icebox has established itself as a leading communications agency, recognized as a top performer on and leader in outlets such as Entrepreneur Magazine. The firm specializes in servicing clients in the manufacturing, industrial and professional services industries as well as franchising and commercial real estate. Learn more about the impact of Bear Icebox’s work for clients on its case studies page.

“We deliver for our clients and our team is passionate about what we do. Our client service and results are unprecedented in our industry,” said Bob Spoerl, co-founder and president of Bear Icebox Communications. “It’s an honor to receive this recognition from one of the top business outlets in the world. We’re proud of our team’s collective efforts and grateful for the ongoing support of key clients who become colleagues, friends and longtime partners of ours.”

Kathleen Kuhn—the former president and CEO of HouseMaster and current Principal of Michael Ryan Consulting—has worked with Bear Icebox across several organizations.

“PR has been an important marketing strategy throughout my career in home services and given me the opportunity to work with many different PR firms. Bear Icebox has been one of the best of the best, significantly increasing our reach across several different companies during the time I’ve worked with them,” Kuhn said. “The team is open-minded and finds new insights for us. We witnessed meaningful hits and placements across relevant outlets—every platform we tried to receive coverage from was successful because of Bear Icebox’s support.”

Bear Icebox has worked with clients across more than two dozen countries worldwide looking to expand in the United States. As a member of Enterie, a consortium of agencies worldwide, Bear Icebox also offers public relations in more than 20 markets around the globe.

View the complete list of Inc. Power Partners:

The November 2023 Issue of Inc. magazine is available online now at and will be on newsstands beginning October 31, 2023.

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