Apply now for the 30th Annual Sterling Awards

by Cindy Kibbe


Randy Nussbaum, of the law firm Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner, accepts the Sterling Award for Small Business. Staying in event’s ‘Avengers’ theme, Chamber President & CEO Rick Kidder, in the guise of ‘Nick Fury,’ (far right) looks on. (Photo by Sergio Dabdoub)

If your company or nonprofit organization provides your customers and the community with superlative service, now is the time to let it shine by applying for the Scottsdale Area Chamber’s 30th Annual Sterling Awards. Each year, the chamber honors a large, medium and small company and one nonprofit with a Sterling Award for embodying the spirit of the organization and for making the community a great place to live, work and play.

This year’s award ceremony will be held 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., on Fri., Nov. 20. Location and further details are in the planning stages.

“Last year, we had an ‘Avengers’ theme, complete with special effects, characters roaming through the audience, and a full set on stage,” said Anna Mineer, the chamber’s vice president of business development. “This year promises to be even bigger and more exciting.”

The rigorous judging process makes the Sterling Awards one of the most coveted business awards in the Valley. Four teams of six judges each conduct an initial review of all applications and narrow the field to three finalists in each category. Once the finalists are identified, the judging teams make on-site visits to conduct a personal interview and get a behind-the-scenes look at the operations. Once that step is complete, each judge awards a set of points for the finalists based on their embodiment of the award criteria. The points are tallied and the results remain secret until the day of the event.

Only chamber members are eligible to apply for the Sterling Awards.

Visit for an application, a list of the 2014 Sterling Award honorees and sponsors, and for details on the upcoming event.

For more information regarding the application process, contact Anna Mineer at 480-355-2708 or

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