Business Briefs


Annual business awards and luncheon planned

The Fifth Annual Rim Country Business Awards are now open for nominations for the following awards:

• Large Business of the Year (10 employees or more)

• Small Business of the Year (less than 10 employees)

• Not For Profit Business of the Year

Businesses/organizations can nominate themselves along with friends or patrons of the business as well as any person who feels that this business/organization is worthy of an award.


In 2010, Glen and Linda McCombs, owners of Plant Fair Nursery, gladly accepted the award for Small Business of the Year.

Past winners include:

• Vita Mart

• Payson Regional Medical


• Rimside Grill

• Gila Community College

• Plant Fair Nursery

At the awards ceremony, the Jim Young Business Person of the Year and the Pat Willis Service Excellence awards will be awarded.

Winners will be announced at the Rim Country Business Awards luncheon at 11:30 a.m., May 19 at the First Church of the Nazarene.

The luncheon will feature speaker Michael Manson, co-founder of Petsmart and Motor Excellence.

Cost for the luncheon is $25 per person, with tables of seven available.

Call the chamber, (982) 474-4515, or PostNet, (928) 472-4355, for nomination applications and reservations. Visit for more information.

The event is hosted by the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, Northern Gila County Economic Development Corporation and the Town of Payson.

February Business Buzz

The February Business Buzz will take place Thursday, Feb. 17, at the Payson Unified School District office, next to Julia Randall Elementary School.

Matt Weber, superintendent of Northern Arizona Vocational Institute of Technology (NAVIT) and Casey O’Brien, PUSD superintendent, will present “Challenges and Opportunities for Education in Rim Country.”

With financial challenges, school closures, the new solar project, a remodeled auditorium, new agriculture building, opportunities in vocational education and other issues, this update will prove interesting, said Chamber Manager John Stanton.

The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. with lunch prepared by the Payson High School culinary class.

The cost for the lunch is $10 for members and $12 for community members.

Reservations are required due to the seating capacity and the lunch.

Call (928) 474-4515 for information and to sign up for a lunch.

The event is presented by the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Northern Gila County Economic Business Development Corporation.


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