Excellence in business is a combination of passion, long hours, hard work, excellent customer service, great hiring techniques, loyalty and a lot of other attributes that all businesses strive to achieve.
Some businesses achieve these goals and are shining examples that the community recognizes every year.
The Rim Country Business Awards, developed by the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, Northern Gila County Economic Development Corporation and the Town of Payson, are designed to highlight those businesses and business people who exemplify these qualities.
The fifth annual Rim Country Business Awards Committee thanks the many people who took the time to nominate the businesses competing for this year’s three awards.
Two dozen businesses were nominated in one of three categories, large business (having 10 or more full-time employees), small business (nine or less full-time employees) or nonprofit organization.
Additionally, at this year’s event, the Jim Young Business Person of the Year and the Pat Willis Business Excellence Award will be awarded.
All awards are judged by a seven-person panel of judges.
The awards will be handed out at luncheon on May 19, at the First Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway, beginning at 11:30 a.m.
Gerardo’s Firewood Cafe will cater the luncheon. Luncheon tickets are $25 or $175 for a table of seven and are available after April 10 at the Rim Country Chamber of Commerce.
KC’s Home Health Care, the Rim Country Alliance, APS, PostNet, and the First Church of the Nazarene are sponsoring the event.
Nominees for the 2011 Rim Country Business Awards are as follows:
Small Business of the Year
Charles M. Beier, DDS
Dan Good Flooring, Inc.
East West Exchange
Healthy Perspectives, LLC
Moose Mountain Gifts & Antiques
Payson Florist & Gifts
Payson Pet Care Veterinary Clinic
Scoops Ice Cream & Espresso
Service First Financial Center, Inc.
Simmons Landscape, Inc.
Tonto Silk Screen & Embroidery
Large Business of the Year
Ace Hardware & Nursery
Chili’s Grill & Bar
El Rancho Restaurant
Rim Country Health & Retirement Community
Good Samaritan Society Majestic Rim
Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund
Payson Area Habitat for Humanity
Tonto Community Concert Association
“We encourage all Rim Country residents to support these businesses and get your tickets early for the event,” said Chamber Manager John Stanton.