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  • Small Business Commission selects 2021 Small Businesses of the Year

    Dec 10, 2021 | Read More News
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    The Pima County Small Business Commission has announced the winners of the 2021 Small Business of the Year Awards. The Commission presents the awards each year, judging nominees on criteria such as company culture, positive impact on Pima County, and community involvement.

    In 2021, the Small Business of the Year Awards recognize small businesses and nonprofit organizations that had a positive impact during the pandemic through workforce development, maintaining a supportive workplace and fostering community engagement. Pima County will honor three small businesses or nonprofits that have demonstrated outstanding qualities in these areas and each successful awardee will receive $500 and a certificate.
    Small Business Awards
    Presentation of the 2021 Small Business Awards will be made at a Pima County Board of Supervisors meeting in 2022.

    (Photo: Presentation of the Small Business Awards for 2019: the Urban Award to Cabling Solutions Group and the Rural Award to Westgate Garden Design, L.L.C.)

    The 2021 winners, based on a vote of the Small Business Commission, are:

    • Make Way for Books, a non-profit located in Tucson focused on children’s literacy and reading-related support programs that has served more than 30,000 children and families throughout Pima County. Commissioners commended the business’s priority of providing literacy programming for underserved and economically disadvantaged children.
    • Marcus Engineering, LLC, an innovative contract developer of medical devices, aerospace products and mining technology located in Tucson. The Commission praised the company’s perseverance during the pandemic and recognized the innovative talent recruitment, retention and support programs for the firm’s employees.
    • Why Not Travel Store, LLC, a family-owned retail store located in the community of Why in rural Pima County. The Commission noted the store’s dedication to COVID-19 mitigation and the substantial community engagement that included support for the local volunteer fire department and an animal rescue organization across the border in Mexico. 
    Past winners of the Small Business of the Year Award: 


    2020 Pandemic Perseverance Awards – Coffee Times; Homewatch CareGivers of Southern Arizona; Treasures 4 Teachers.

    2019: Rural Award - Westgate Garden Design; Urban Award – Cabling Solutions Group; Nonprofit Award – (No award presented at the Commission’s discretion.)

    2017/2018 (combined): Rural Award – Miura Contracting; Urban Award – Kool Air Manufacturing; Nonprofit - PCC Small Business Development Center.

    2017: Rural Award – Miura Contracting, LLC; Urban Award –Kool Air Manufacturing LLC; Nonprofit Award – Pima Community College Small Business Development Center.

    2016: Rural Award - Vistoso Automotive; Urban Award - Plum Windows & Doors, Inc.

    2015: Rural Award – Bling by Design; Urban Award - Aztera.

    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.