2014 Business Excellence Awards Finalists Announced

Tempe Chamber of Commerce December 20, 2013

Tempe Chamber  of Commerce is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2014 Business Excellence Awards. These awards promote the advancement of responsible business leadership in the community and publicly recognize local businesses demonstrating a passion for excellence.

Through the awards, the business community honors companies whose practices in business growth, employee development, community involvement and customer service exemplify excellence. The six finalists admirably embody those characteristics and are being recognized for that distinction.

The 2014 finalists are:

Caliente Construction: Under the leadership of Lorraine Bergman, Caliente Construction weathered the real estate recession of the late 2000s and today earns nearly triple its  revenues from 2006. The company is consistently listed among Arizona’s top 50 contractors and was recently recognized as the fourth-largest woman-owned business in Arizona.

The Dhaba: In the 10 years since its founding, The Dhaba/India Plaza has become a comprehensive destination for Indian food and culture, serving nearly one million customers to date. It has earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. Its focus on quality, the local community, customer service, music and dining resulted in its being selected as ASU’s only South Asian-approved caterer.

Landings Credit Union: Landings Credit Union (formerly Tempe Schools Credit Union) has been serving the community since 1953. The new name pays tribute to its roots in Tempe and the city’s founding as a safe landing place for settlers crossing the Salt River. Offering banking and innovative financial solutions, it strives to provide its members with the advice and service they need to be financially successful.

Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM): SCNM has grown during its 20 years from a six-person nonprofit to a diverse organization with 249 full- and part-time employees. As a school of medicine and health sciences grounded in naturopathic principles, it is dedicated to the ideal that everyone deserves high-quality health care. In addition to offering a four-year naturopathic medical degree, it manages a campus-based medical center and operates nine community health centers for underserved populations.

Sun Sounds of Arizona: Sun Sounds of Arizona provides audio access to books, news, magazines and other information to people who cannot read print because of a disability. It began in 1979 with a single location in the Valley as a radio service. As time and the need grew, studios and offices were opened in Tucson, Flagstaff and Yuma. With a small staff and a force of 500 volunteers, it remains the only home-delivered reading service of current news and print-based information for 49,000 people.

Tempe Mission Palms Hotel: The Tempe Mission Palms Hotel has been serving the community and its visitors since 1985. It is the No. 1-rated hotel in Tempe on Tripadvisor.com and received the Four Diamond AAA award. It features a rooftop pool and offers several restaurants, including the award-winning Mission Grille, Harry’s Place Lounge and poolside Cabana Bar & Grill.

Last year’s recipients of the Business Excellence Awards were AlphaGraphics at Kyrene and Elliot and Statera. The recipients of the 2014 Business Excellence Awards will be announced and honored at the Breakfast for Chamber Champions on Feb. 28 at the Embassy Suites Tempe, 4400 S. Rural Rd.

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