2018 Business Excellence Awards Finalists Announced!


The Tempe Chamber of Commerce is excited to reveal the finalists for the 2018 Business Excellence Awards! The awards honor one small business and one large business that serves as a positive role model to others and is active in the Tempe community. Each finalist has a strong business mission and an impressive history of giving back.

The winner in each category will be announced at the Chamber’s Annual Luncheon on June 29 at the Doubletree by Hilton Phoenix Tempe!

The Small Business of the Year finalists are:


Heidis CateringHeidi’s Events & Catering, Inc. is an off-premise catering company that has been doing business for the past 26 years. They focus on being a cutting-edge leader in their industry, offering customer service fueled by creative passion, and providing quality jobs for honest people.

Heidi’s Events & Catering, Inc. donates 8-10% of its annual revenue to many local organizations, such the Boys & Girls Club, and the Aid to Women Center. Every holiday season, the employees pick a cause to donate presents, money, and food too. Last year they donated about a hundred gifts to CASS in downtown Phoenix.


MAC6MAC6 provides the collaborative space and culture-focused leadership programs that push conscious leaders to conquer the complexities and scale their business. They invest in people instead of ideas and exist to build better communities where people and businesses thrive.

MAC6 explores the impact of capitalism on poverty and volunteers with a local company who works in Mozambique. They also support MANY local organizations by allowing them to use their space on a non-paid basis as a community gathering place. Their general philosophy is that the community is one of their most important stakeholders and they exist to serve them.


Silverman LawSilverman Law Offices is a law firm that provides estate planning, trust administration, probate and business law services. Their vision is to have long-lasting relationships with clients that survive to subsequent generations as advisors and friends of their clients and families.

Silverman Law Offices supports several local nonprofits, such as ChildsPlay and the ASU Foundation, both financially and by volunteering their time and services. They’re a longtime corporate sponsor of the Tempe Community Action annual gala and have donated estate planning services as silent auction items for a number of nonprofit fundraising events.


The Large Business of the Year finalists are:


AC HotelAC Hotel by Marriott Phoenix Tempe/Downtown creates an exceptional experience for each guest by providing superior service and upholding the quality the Marriott name has represented for over 90 years. They strive to enrich peoples’ lives by offering unique experiences and giving back to the community.

AC Hotel by Marriott Phoenix Tempe/Downtown hosts monthly community events to welcome and create a time of gathering for guests, partners, and neighbors. During these events, the hotel collects and contributes charitable donations for organizations assisting those in need within Tempe’s community such as the Tempe Community Action Agency.


Davis MilesDavis Miles McGuire Gardner, PLLC is a full-service law firm that offers legal support for divorces, bankruptcy, tax settlement, forming a business or even complex mergers and acquisitions. Their focus is to ensure that any person or organization that they interact with is better because of it.

Davis Miles McGuire Gardner, PLLC sponsors service activities such as Shear Beauty (a fundraiser for the prevention of breast cancer) and participates in community service projects with St. Vincent De Paul, Feed My Starving Children, and others. They also partner with the ASU Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law to host ASU’s Moot Court Competition.


WM logoWaste Management of Arizona provides collection, recycling, resource recovery, and disposal services to residential, commercial, industrial and municipal customers. By maximizing resource value and minimizing environmental impact, their goal is to pass on the planet to the next generation in better shape than we inherited it.

Waste Management Arizona sponsors the Monster Mash and the Tempe Fantasy of Lights and Boat Parade and supports several community organizations and events. Their Maricopa County employees have donated more than $74,600 to the Valley of the Sun United Way and Mesa United Way. Through the Waste Management Phoenix Open, they have helped raise more than $10 million for local Arizona charities.

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