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Gerardo’s Italian Bistro is one of the large business award finalists. Attend the Rim Country Business Awards April 8 to see who wins.

Business award nominees announced

Finalists for the fourth annual Rim Country Business Awards have been announced.

The 34 nominees for the four awards (Small Business of the Year, Large Business of the Year, Non-Profit Organization) were judged on business excellence.

The judging was very competitive, with all nominees providing extensive background information.

Finalists for the Small Business Award (under 10 full-time employees) include Edward Jones Investments, Plant Fair Nursery and Scoops.

Finalists for the Large Business Award (over 10 full-time employees) include Gerardo’s Italian Bistro, National Bank of Arizona and Rimside Grill & Cabins.

Finalists for the Non-Profit Category (1 or no paid employees) are Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona, Library Friends of Payson, Rim Country Museum and Tonto Rim Search & Rescue.

Finalist for the Non-Profit Category (2 or more paid employees) is Gila Community College.

New awards in 2010 are the Jim Young Business Person of the Year and the Pat Willis Service Excellence awards, which will also be announced at the luncheon, held at the First Church of the Nazarene on April 8. Fargo’s Restaurant will provide catering.

Tables of eight for the luncheon are $175, and individual seats are $25. Tickets will be available at the Chamber office, 100 W. Main St.

For more information, please call the Chamber at 474-4515.

The business awards are sponsored by the Rim Country Alliance, and developed by the Northern Gila County Economic Development Corporation, The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.

Arizona Mountain Pines Realty changes affiliates

The owners of Arizona Mountain Pines Realty recently joined with United Country Real Estate in Payson. Arizona Mountain Pines Realty is now United Country — Arizona Mountain Pines Realty.

“Combining our real estate and auction marketing experience with the proven benefits of the United Country program will make us a stronger company,” said co-owner Marc Apps. “By joining the largest network of traditional real estate agents and auctioneers in the country, we will provide an even higher level of service to our clients. With United Country’s integrated network, we can simply offer clients more options when it comes to the best approach to selling a particular property.”

United Country — Arizona Mountain Pines Realty now offers United’s real estate marketing services that cover the country with a reach unmatched by any other real estate organization, including an award-winning Web site, national catalogs with thousands of listings, national advertising in hundreds of newspapers and magazines, direct mail programs for individual listings and illustrated brochures showcasing selected communities and properties.

To kick-start the company’s affiliation with United Country, owners Marc and Rene Apps recently attended UnitedPower!, an advanced training course designed to help participants achieve maximum expertise and professionalism in all aspects of operating a United Country Real Estate office. The weeklong training was held at the United Country corporate headquarters in Kansas City, Mo.

“UnitedPower! training has shown us the benefit of using all the tools United Country has to offer,” said Rene. “National advertising, continued training and advanced, useful technology will allow us to provide superior service and results to our clients. As part of the United Country family, we’re able to help both buyers and sellers find their freedom.”

For more information, contact United Country — Arizona Mountain Pines Realty at (928) 468-1400.

Down the Street Art Gallery birthday party

The owners of Down the Street Art Gallery are celebrating the gallery’s 4th birthday with a party.

“We reminisce on 35 First Friday events, 15 featured artist showings, 13 charity events, 2 silent auctions and the many friends and customers we have made during these years.” said Geri Gettings. “It’s been a labor of love.”

To coincide with the Easter-themed birthday party, Down the Street Art Gallery is selling Easter eggs for $2 each or $5 for 3.

Enclosed in the plastic eggs are goodies ranging from free artwork, gourds, candy, stuffed bunnies and toys to jewelry and gems.

There is something in each egg, but which eggs have the really good stuff you won’t know by shaking (can’t put a sculpture or painting inside) you’ll have to buy some and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

All money raised will go to one of the selected charities.

Stop by the gallery at 703 W. Main St. to preview the many things not yet in their eggs, and then join the celebration on Friday, April 2 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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