The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of the 26th Annual Sterling Awards before a record crowd of 450 on Tuesday, November 29th at the Chaparral Suites Resort Scottsdale. The Sterling Awards were emceed by Phoenix Suns President Brad Casper.
Four winners were selected from among twelve finalists for the coveted Sterling Award: The winners are:
- Micro Business: Reliable Background Screening
- Small Business: GlobalMedia
- Big Business: DMB Associates, Inc.
- Non-Profit: Gabriel’s Angels
Also recognized in the Micro Business category were Arizona Community Farmers Markets @ Old Town Scottsdale and Breslau Insurance & Benefits, Inc.
Also honored for their achievements in the Small Business category were Homeowners Financial Group and Hot Air Expeditions Inc.
Celebrating 26 years of business excellence, the Sterling Award is one of the most coveted business awards in the Valley, with a rigorous application, judging and selection process. Four teams of 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 visit those companies to conduct a personal interview and get a behind-the-scenes look at the operations. Once that step is complete, each judge independently casts 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. One of the highlights of the Sterling Awards Celebration is the highly anticipated video presentation of each of the 12 finalists. Only members of the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce are eligible to apply for the Sterling Award.