We all win when local companies grow, create jobs and help boost our still-recovering economy. The W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University in November honored some of the state’s best businesses for their positive role in the community, with its Spirit of Enterprise Awards.
Among the winners was Melrose Pharmacy, owned and operated by Teresa Stickler, who received the Innovation in Entrepreneurship Award. This independent pharmacy in the heart of the Melrose District offers fast, highly personalized service; utilizes cutting-edge equipment; and supports charities like the March of Dimes and local community issues. It also achieved a 119-percent increase in net income for 2014.
“We enjoy recognizing locally owned companies that introduce innovation, empower employees, impress customers, and make a real difference in Arizona,” says Sidnee Peck, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at the W. P. Carey School of Business. “This year’s Spirit of Enterprise Award winners are in a variety of industries, and they all meet a market need and have a great impact on the Valley.”
The finalists’ impressive stories were shown on video at the awards event, as the companies were lauded for ethics, energy and excellence in entrepreneurship.