Organizers of the fifth annual Rim Country Business Awards announced they have booked Michael Manson, co-founder of PetSmart and Motor Excellence, as the event’s guest speaker.
Manson will speak May 19 at the awards luncheon at the First Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway.
Organizers will also reveal the winners of this year’s business awards.
A panel of judges recently narrowed down a field 24 nominees to nine finalists.
Businesses were judged on their business excellence. The judging was very competitive, with all nominees providing extensive background information, said the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Finalists for the 2011 Rim Country Business Awards are as follows:
Small Business of the Year
(nine or less full-time employees)
• KMOG Radio
• Scoops Ice Cream and Espresso
• Waste Management
Large Business of the Year
(10 or more full-time employees)
• El Rancho
• Hospice Compassus
• Rim Country Health and Retirement Community
• Good Samaritan Majestic Rim
• Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund
• Tonto Community Concert Association
The business awards are sponsored by KC’s Home Health Care, APS and the Payson Alliance. The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, Northern Gila County Economic Development Corporation, and the Town of Payson — Tourism, Parks and Recreation developed the event.
Award winners will be announced at the annual Business Awards luncheon, catered by Gerardo’s Firewood Cafe.
The Jim Young Business Person of the Year and the Pat Willis Business Excellence Award will also be handed out.
Tables of seven for the luncheon are $175, and individual seats are $25.
Tickets are available at the chamber office, 100 W. Main St.
For more information, call the chamber at (928) 474-4515.
Tickets and tables of tickets are sold on a “first come, first sold” basis at the chamber.