Marana State of the Town

The Marana High School Chamber Singers performs the National Anthem during the annual State of the Town event at Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain on April 18.

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With about 100 present on Aug. 20, the Marana Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual awards luncheon aimed at celebrating local business achievement.

The chamber hosted the ninth annual event at the Ritz Carlton, Dove Mountain in Marana. 

The winners included Distinctive Cleaning & Maintenance Services, which won in the small business category; Culver’s at Thornydale, which was the winner in the midsized business category; and Pima Federal Credit Union in the large business category.

The Community and Business Builder of the Year Award event was established to recognize companies that have contributed to building the Marana community.  

The awards were presented by Marana Councilmember David Bowen. 

“The Marana Chamber focuses on building business and community relationships.  This award is a way to recognize companies that exceed in doing that.” said Chamber President/CEO Ed Stolmaker.  “Congratulations to all the winners and nominees for their dedication and commitment to the Marana community.”

Distinctive Cleaning and Maintenance Service  

According to the nomination, Distinctive Cleaning started in 2007 as a home-based business. Since then, they have grown into a successful organization invested in the health of students by creating the Marana Run/Walk event. 

Spearheading, organizing and planning these events is a community building undertaking. Marana Run/Walk brings the business community, Marana schools staff and students, parents, volunteers, 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. Since then, business has boomed and they were able to hire additional staff. 

Culver’s at Thornydale

Being an active part of the Marana community has been paramount to Culver’s at Thornydale’s business model. 

Since they opened in August 2011, they have help a number of organizations raise $70,000. They have hosted more than 100 Culver’s Care Fundraiser Nights, which is an event where a percentage of the sales and raffle prizes are donated. 

Giving back to education is a key focus for this organization. They have worked with many schools, teachers, students, and various clubs, including Mountain View sports teams and JTED’s Cosmetology Program. 

Culver’s Care Fundraiser nights also give back to community anchors such as local churches, sports clubs, and various non-profits. They also hosted fundraising events for the families that lost loved ones in the Yarnell Fire in Prescott.  

Culver’s takes pride in not only being a part of the Marana community, but also working with employees to embody this sprit. 

 Pima Federal Credit Union

 Pima Federal Credit Union believes in investing in education. They have continually created internship and continued-education opportunities for students and employees. Last year they awarded more than $20,000 in annual education reimbursement to their staff. In 2013, Pima Federal Credit Union took their volunteerism to a new level. They created a new position in the organization with the primary function of developing and fostering relationship with the community.  They were able to partner with 61 local nonprofits to offer support. 

Through their 2013 Pima Federal Golf Classic, they were able to raise $50,000 for Tucson Values Teachers. 

Through the credit union philosophy of People Helping People, employees are encouraged to donate their own time to a variety of organizations.

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