Judy Miller, director of the Small Business Development Center in Payson, is one of the winners of the Arizona Small Business Development Center (AZSBDC) Network's 2005 Star Performer Awards.
Miller was tapped for the Customer Satisfaction Award as a result of a 2004 AZSBDC client survey that indicated she achieved the highest customer-satisfaction rating in the state.
With more than 40 years experience in business and education, Miller joined the Gila Community College SBDC in 1992 after successfully launching a startup business in Payson in 1987.
"I was thrilled to receive this award because it comes from the clients I have actually served --the business owners or potential business owners I have assisted," Miller said.
Other winners were Alex L. Cooper from Pima Community College SBDC for Overall Performance and Neal Nelson from Maricopa Community Colleges SBDC for Economic Impact.
The AZSBDC Star Performer Awards recognize the most successful business analysts and counselors that help local small businesses positively impact Arizona's economy by creating jobs and generating tax revenue.
"These annual awards give us an opportunity to pay tribute to our top business analysts and counselors who work diligently behind the scenes to mentor some of Arizona's most successful small businesses," said Michael York, state director of the AZSBDC Network. "The return on their efforts is evident throughout Arizona as small businesses are putting people to work and generating revenue for the state."
The awards presentation was held Aug. 3, 2005, at Kohl's Ranch Lodge in Payson.
The AZSBDC is an innovative partnership between the state's 11 community college districts and the U.S. Small Business Administration. The AZSBDC Network is the only statewide system that works with entrepreneurs in all industries and in all stages of business development. The network is the largest and most accessible source of assistance to Arizona small businesses.
Information on the AZSBDC can be found at www.dist.maricopa.edu/sbdc. For more information see www.sba.gov/.