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  • Small Business Commission announces business of the year winners

    Dec 08, 2016 | Read More News
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    The Pima County Small Business Commission has named its 2016 Small Business of the Year Award winners. The awards have two categories, Rural and Urban. This year’s winners are:

    Urban Small Business of the Year:
    Plum Windows and Doors
    1221 E. 22nd Street

    Plum Windows and Doors has been in business since 1988 and employs 32 people. The company is Better Business Bureau Vistoso Automotiveaccredited and has an A+ rating. Desiree Williams owns Plum Windows and Doors.

    Rural Small Business of the Year:
    Vistoso Automotive Repair
    12945 N. Oracle Road
    Oro Valley

    Vistoso Automotive Repair has been in business for four years and has 11 employees. The company was awarded a Better Business Bureau Ethics Award in 2016. Jeff Artzi owns Vistoso Automotive Repair. 

    The Pima County Small Business Commission presents the awards each year. This year’s applications represented a wide variety of industries from across the County.  

    The applicants were assessed on criteria such as company culture, positive impact on Pima County and community involvement.

    “Plum Windows and Doors excelled by demonstrating longevity, integrity to customers and commitment to their employees,” said Lucretia Free, chairwoman of the Pima County Small Business Commission. “Vistoso Automotive, only in business four years, showed prowess in technological problem diagnosis and exemplary customer service.”

    Free added that both companies are active community partners, sponsoring programs to provide services to those in need.

    Past winners of the Small Business of the Year Award:
    • 2015: Rural Award – Bling by Design; Urban Award – Aztera, LLC.
    • 2014: Rural Award - Golden Goose Thrift Store in Catalina; Urban Award - The Planning Center
    • 2013: Rural Award - Ajo Transportation; Urban Award - Casa de los Niño’s Thrift store 
    • 2012: Joint Technical Education District 
    • 2011: Gasoline Alley, an automobile repair and restoration business in Green Valley
    • 2010: Microbusiness Advancement Center.

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