Tempe Chamber Celebrates Great Local Businesses at 2023 Business Excellence Awards 

by Tempe Chamber of Commerce

On Friday, May 19th, the Tempe Chamber of Commerce celebrated and recognized incredible businesses and leaders within our community at the 2023 Business Excellence Awards, presented by Southwest Airlines. Attendees at the Doubletree by Hilton Phoenix Tempe heard the State of the Chamber address from our President and CEO Colin Diaz, ACE, IOM, highlighting our successes and sharing a bold vision for the future. Highlights of the past year included partnering with the City of Tempe and Congressman Greg Stanton on the BIPOC Micro-Manufacturing Grant, establishing the Tempe Workforce Skills Accelerator with Rio Salado College, and establishing new events such as the Economic Outlook and the upcoming 1st Annual Tempe Foundation Golf Classic.

The program included recognition of outgoing Board Chair Megan Martin, incoming Board Chair Suzy Greenwood, and the board of directors, committee chairs and staff who helped make it all happen. 

Awardees included:

Spirit of Tempe
David Burckhard, Tempe Family YMCA

Volunteer of the Year
Melissa Nelson, United Food Bank

Outstanding Community Leadership
Rabbanni FurQaan, Tempe Leadership

Business Excellence Awards
Micro Business – The Molecules Company Small Business – Brick Road Coffee
Large Business – Penguin Air, Plumbing & Electrical
Nonprofit – Believe I Can Academy

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