FARMINGTON — Four Corners Economic Development on Tuesday will celebrate the accomplishments of four San Juan County companies.
The EDGE, or Economic Development, Growth and Excellence, awards recognize businesses that have expanded in innovative ways and contributed to the community.
"We hear so much negativity in this world, and it's really important to take the time to recognize people who are doing the right thing and making our community a better place to live," said Christa Rommé, marketing coordinator for Four Corners Economic Development, also known as 4CED.
The economic group is distributing this year's awards. Winners will be honored at a banquet Tuesday.
Before, San Juan Economic Development Service gave the awards to businesses that exhibited traditional characteristics of economic growth, such as adding more jobs, expanding locations or paying employees higher wages, Rommé said. Last year, 4CED formed from San Juan Economic Development Service and took over the annual awards.
Now, organizers have made a few changes to the awards. Last year, a panel reviewed nine nominees and announced the three winners at the banquet.
This year, the committee, which consists of 4CED employees, business owners and community members, chose four winners and notified them before the banquet.
"This year we've changed the criteria a little bit because it was a hard to find a lot of qualifying businesses," Rommé said. "There were a lot of good business here that needed to be celebrated."
This year's winners also all fell into one of six target areas: agriculture, education, energy and manufacturing, health services, tourism or businesses that are "location-neutral," meaning they do not need a brick-and-mortar headquarters.
"We are looking for people who are growing, possibly expanding ... and doing it in an innovative way," Rommé said.
The four businesses that will take home EDGE awards this year are:
· Aztec Urgent Care, a health care facility in southern Aztec;
· Fisheads San Juan River Lodge, a fly-fishing guide service, shop and lodge in Navajo Dam;
· Razzy Roo Headbands, an online retailer of athletic headbands; and
· West States Energy Contractors, a Farmington business that provides maintenance and construction for the oil and gas industry.
Winners will receive a plaque at the banquet, and the 250 people in attendance will learn about their company.
The banquet also serves as 4CED's annual membership meeting. The organization has about 50 member businesses and hopes to grow that number. Members pay an annual fee of $350.