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  • Casa de los Niños Thrift Store, Ajo Transportation receive 2013 Small Business of the Year Awards

    Sep 03, 2013 | Read More News
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    The Pima County Board of Supervisors presented 2013 Small Business of the Year Awards to Casa de los Niños Thrift Store and Ajo Transportation at the Board's meeting Tuesday, Sept. 3.
    Cathy Hutton and Supervisor Bronson
    The Pima County Small Business Commission's annual award program is sponsored by District 3 Supervisor Sharon Bronson and the Pima County Economic Development and Tourism Department. The Small Business Commission had selected the two recipients from 14 nominees.

    Supervisor Bronson; Ken Goodman, chairman of the Small Business Commission; and Tom Moulton, director of the Economic Development and Tourism Department, presented the rural small business award to Cathy Hutton, owner and operator of Ajo Transportation, and the urban small business award to Maureen Johns, director of business operations at Casa de los Niños Thrift Store.

    Each recipient also received a $500 prize.

    Casa de los Niños Thrift Store, 1302 E. Prince Road, was started in 1974 by volunteers to support Casa de los Niños crisis nursery. It is dedicated to workforce development, providing job training and full-time employment to more than 19 people. It contributed more than $1 million in fiscal year 2012 to support programs that educate parents and the community about child abuse and provide services to restore family health and stability. It also provides vouchers to families to obtain furniture, clothing, housewares, toys and books.
    Casa de los Ninos
    Ajo Transportation, 1248 N. Second Ave., Ajo, was started in 2003 and is owned and operated by Ajo native Cathy Hutton. The company employs 19 people and has a fleet of 12 buses and a bus maintenance facility. It provides 32,000 Dial-A-Ride, curb-to-curb rides in Ajo every year. It also provides 15,500 rides a year on its five daily round trips between Ajo and Tucson and more than 16,000 rides a year on its five daily round trips between Ajo and Gila Bend and between Gila Bend and Buckeye, Avondale, Goodyear and Phoenix. It also provides transportation scholarships to graduates of the GED program in Ajo who go to college or vocational school.

    “Both award winners showed us their value as small businesses,” said Ken Goodman, chairman of the Pima County Small Business Commission and president of Environmental Strategies Inc. “They know how to take care of their clients and they’ve gone out of their way to help people in need.”

    Goodman said the commission received very positive feedback about the winners from both their employees and the people whose lives they’ve touched.

    The Small Business of the Year Award was presented to the Microbusiness Advancement Center in 2010; to Gasoline Alley, an automobile repair and restoration business in Green Valley, in 2011; and to the Joint Technical Education District in 2012.

    The Pima County Small Business Commission is comprised of small business owners or managers who represent the business community throughout Pima County. The SBC facilitates communication between Pima County and small business, and evaluates the impact of County policies and regulations on small business.

    Visit the Small Business Commission online for more information.