American Indian Chamber of Commerce

2016 American Indian Chamber Business Awards Program Brings Out Capacity Crowd

2016 American Indian Chamber Business Awards Program Brings Out Capacity Crowd at the Luncheon

At this year’s Connect 2016 American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Arizona Conference, celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the American Indian Chamber which included the annual business awards program.

The conference showcased American Indian entrepreneurs and business owners with a special morning panel session right after the opening session, giving the panelist an opportunity to talk about their experiences in starting their business and staying in business. The session was moderated by Kim Kanuho with Fourth World Design Group.

The second morning panel focused on procurement opportunities for small businesses. Valerie Churchwell, Outreach Manager for the City of Phoenix Aviation Department, Patti Pyle, Manager of the Supplier Diversity Program for SRP, and Jesús Borboa, Supplier Diversity Program Manager for APS were on the panel to discuss how to small businesses can become vendors with their programs.

At the noon hour, the 6th Annual American Indian Chamber Business Awards Program was presented. Business awards were presented in six categories and they are listed below.

Right after main course of luncheon was done, attendees were invited outside in the pool patio area for a strawberry cheese cake dessert and a ceremony to recognize the founding board members of the chamber and former board chairs.

In the afternoon at 2:00 p.m., two sessions were ran currently to close out the day. One session topic was How to Finance Your Small Business, moderated by David Castillo of Home Capital Acess and the second was Women Business Owners, Inspiring Success, moderated by April Tinhorn or Tinhorn Consulting.

Small Business of the Year
Outdoor Systems Management, Inc.
Charles Johnson (Choctaw), CEO and President with his wife, Marianne.

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Tribal Enterprise of the Year
Quail Run Building Materials, Inc.
Accepting are Terry Enos, Project Manager, Kyle Clark , General Manager and Rick Adam, Treasurer

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Corporate Partner of the Year
Casino Arizona/Talking Stick Resort
Accepting is Ramon Martinez, Public Relations Director (center)

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Non-Profit Organization of the Year
University of Arizona Tribal Relations
Accepting is Karen Francis-Begay, Vice President of Tribal Relations

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Business Diversity Program of the Year
Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino
Accepting is Robert Livington, General Manager

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Non-Tribal Business of the Year
Continuum Staffing, Inc.
Accepting is David Hash, Vice-President and Peggy Hughes, Controller

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