The Pima County Small Business Commission has selected The Planning Center and the Golden Goose Thrift Shop to receive its 2014 Small Business of the Year Awards.
The Planning Center, 110 S. Church St., Suite 6320, was the urban small business winner. The Golden Goose, 15970 N. Oracle Road in Catalina, was the rural small business winner.
The awards are sponsored by the Pima County Small Business Commission, and each winner will receive a $500 prize. Funding for the $500 rural prize is provided by Pima County Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bronson, District 3, and funding for the $500 urban prize is provided by the Pima County Economic Development and Tourism Department.
The Planning Center, a private consulting firm founded in California in 1975, opened an office in Tucson in 1984. In 2000, the Tucson office was acquired by employees and has been owned and operated entirely by Tucson residents ever since. It works with both the private and public sectors, especially in the areas of master plans, general plans, general plan updates and entitlements. Employing 14, it has established a trademark for excellence in land planning, community visioning and urban design.
Golden Goose was started in 2003 with a handful of volunteers, a garage, an empty trailer, a borrowed pickup and a vision for helping northern Pima County residents. It has grown into a successful nonprofit resale business in a nearly 13,000 square foot building with five paid employees and hundreds of volunteers. It has donated all of its proceeds – more than $6 million – to Impact of Southern Arizona (formerly Catalina Community Services and Helping Hands) and SaddleBrooke Community Outreach.
The Small Business of the Year Award was presented to the Microbusiness Advancement Center in 2010; Gasoline Alley, an automobile repair and restoration business in Green Valley, in 2011; the Joint Technical Education District in 2012; and Casa de los Niños Thrift Store and Ajo Transportation in 2013.
The Pima County Small Business Commission is comprised of small-business owners or managers who represent the business community throughout Pima County. The Commission facilitates communication between Pima County and small business, and evaluates the impact of County policies and regulations on small business. For more information, please visit the Commission’s website.