The Tempe Chamber of Commerce announced its six finalists for the prestigious Business Excellence Awards.

The awards promote the advancement of responsible business leadership in the community and publicly recognize local businesses demonstrating a passion for excellence. The awards honor companies for success in business growth, employee development, community involvement and customer service.

The awards will be presented in two categories for Small and Large Business of the Year.

The finalists for the Business Excellence Award in the Small Business of the Year Category are:

ARCpoint Labs

ARCpoint Labs is a national leader in the drug testing field. Its three full-service toxicology labs in Tempe also offer alcohol screening, DNA & clinical testing, corporate wellness programs and employment background screening. It is among the fastest growing third party providers in its industry. ARCpoint Labs’ services encompass both on-site and off-site pre-employment, random, post-accident and reasonable suspicion drug testing. In addition, it serves many judicial, athletic, and medical clients along with American Airlines and US Airways.

Bullock Training & Development  

Bullock Training & Development specializes in sales, management and leadership training for small- to mid-sized businesses. President Tracy Bullock managed strategic business development for 30 years with Procter & Gamble and now helps businesses owners, CEOs, and top sales people accelerate their competitive advantage in the Arizona market. She was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award, named Top Female Executive, and is noted in Cambridge’s Top 101 Industry Experts for her work.

The Dhaba 

In the 13 years since its founding, The Dhaba / India Plaza has become a comprehensive destination for Indian food and culture, serving more than one million customers to date. It has earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. Its focus on quality, the local community, customer service, music and dining resulted in their being selected as ASU’s only south Asian-approved caterer. Owner Raveen Aurora was selected by the National Restaurant Association as the Face of Diversity in Arizona for his leadership in promoting diversity and inclusion in the community.

The finalists for the Business Excellence Award in the Large Business of the Year Category are:

Caliente Construction 

Caliente Construction was founded in 1991 by Arizona natives Tom and Lorraine Bergman. Over the next decade the company steadily grew, becoming an established presence and developing a strong and diverse customer base throughout the Valley’s private and public business community. After Tom’s death in 2005, Lorraine took over and weathered the real estate recession of the late 2000s. Today, it is an award winning company recently recognized as Arizona’s 28th largest contractor and as the 5th largest woman-owned business in Arizona

Edward Jones  

Edward Jones is a leader in the financial services industry with more than 7 million clients in North America and Europe. The company is focused on building personalized customer relationships and adheres to a quality-oriented, long-term investment philosophy. Locally, its Tempe campus employs hundreds of workers and conducts broker training and mutual-fund processing. It has 12,500 offices worldwide and is extensively involved with charitable causes including the Valley of the Sun United Way and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Tempe Mission Palms Hotel

The Tempe Mission Palms Hotel has been serving the community and its visitors since 1985. It is the number one rated hotel in Tempe on and received the Four Diamond AAA award for six consecutive years. It employs 200 people and was recently presented with the Conference Center of the Year recognition. It features a rooftop pool, and offers several restaurants including the award winning Mission Grille, Harry’s Place Lounge and poolside Cabana Bar & Grill.

The recipients of the 2016 Business Excellence Awards will be announced and honored at the Tempe Chamber of Commerce Annual Luncheon on June 16 at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel.

Additional awards to be presented at the event are the Spirit of Tempe and Tempe Leadership’s Outstanding Community Leader.

The 2015 recipients of the award were Good Works Auto Repair for Small Business of the Year and APS for Large Business of the Year.

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