Tuesday, November 29, 2011

4 Companies Take Home the Prestigious Sterling Award!

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:

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.

Other Big Business finalists honored were Hotel Valley Ho and Magellan Health Services of Arizona  

Also honored for their outstanding contributions in the nonprofit category were National MS Society, Arizona Chapter and Scottsdale League for the Arts    

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.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Help STARS by Attending The Art of Wine November 5th!

Join STARS friends and supporters for an evening of good wine and great company at Vino 100. Invite your friends, family and colleagues for a great evening.

Enjoy 4 wine tastings and appetizers for $20 per person in advance; $25 at the door. Ten percent of all wine purchases support STARS' programs and services! We will also have some art for raffle and door prizes!

Email kreeve@starsaz.org to reserve your spot!

You can help support the employment of individuals with disabilities by supporting STARS through the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce Give it Forward Project.  Learn more at www.scottsdalechamber.com/GIF.

You can also support STARS by donating much needed items and services found on STARS Wish List! Donate today!

Give It Forward is the Scottsdale Area Chamber’s community outreach initiative, launched in 2009 by members of our Ambassadors Committee who generously offer support through their collective time, talent and resources. Currently our Chamber members are raising awareness and funds for the Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services (STARS) Annual Giving campaign.