The Marana Chamber of Commerce presented its Ninth Annual Community & Business Builder Awards on Wednesday. The recipients were Distinctive Cleaning & Maintenance Services (Small Business), Culver’s at Thornydale (Midsized Business) and Pima Federal Credit Union (Large Business).
The Community & Business Builder of the Year Award was established to recognize companies that have contributed to improving Marana. Awards were presented by Marana Councilmember David Bowen during a luncheon ceremony at The Highlands at Dove Mountain.
Small business – Distinctive Cleaning and Maintenance Service
Distinctive Cleaning started in 2007 as a home-based business and has grown into a successful organization invested in the health of students by creating the Marana Run/Walk event. Marana Run/Walk brings together the business community, Marana Unified School District staff, students, parents, volunteers, the Marana Chamber Wellness Committee and Distinctive Cleaning staff in the efforts to provide students with resources to stay active and healthy. In 2013, Distinctive Cleaning reached a major business goal by opening a store-front location.
Midsized business – Culver’s at Thornydale
Being an active part of the Marana community has been a paramount to Culver’s at Thornydale’s business model. Since opening in August 2011, Culver’s has helped a number of local organizations by hosting more than 100 Culver’s Care Fundraiser Nights, an event where a percentage of sales and on-site raffle prizes are donated. Giving back to education is a key focus for the organization. Culver’s has worked with many schools, teachers, students and various clubs, including Mountain View High School sports teams and JTED’s Cosmetology Program. Culver’s Care Fundraiser nights also gives back to local churches, sports clubs and non-profits. It also hosted fundraising events for families who lost loved ones in the Yarnell Fire in Prescott.
Large business – Pima Federal Credit Union
Pima Federal Credit Union believes in investing in education. It has continually created internship and continued-education opportunities for students and employees. Last year, it awarded more than $20,000 in annual education reimbursement to its staff. In 2013, Pima Federal Credit Union took its volunteerism to a new level by creating a position in the organization with the primary function of developing and fostering relationships with the community. It partnered with 61 local non-profits to offer support. Through its 2013 Pima Federal Golf Classic, it was able to raise $50,000 for Tucson Values Teachers. Through the Credit Union philosophy of People Helping People, employees are encouraged to donate their time to a variety of organizations committed to enhancing the standard of living in our communities. Last year, employees volunteered 1,926 hours and taught 834 local students financial literacy and college readiness curriculum.