Strutting horses, buses duded up to resemble trolleys, mattress stores and a company that sells “electronic brainstorming” services are Scottsdale’s top businesses this year.
The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce honored its Sterling Award winners Thursday at the Phoenician Resort.
The 2,200-member organization annually recognizes standout organizations in four categories — big, little, and really little businesses and a nonprofit — based on their bottom-line success and their commitment to the community, said Sharon Harper, president of the Plaza Companies.
“These companies and leaders ranked as the most successful for profits and people,” she said.
Here are the top businesses that picked up Sterling Awards:
• Micro Business: Advanced Strategy Center at Pinnacle Peak provides “advanced electronic brainstorming” planning and support for companies and community organizations.
• Small business: Ollie the Trolley has been shuttling hotel guests, shoppers and private groups around downtown Scottsdale for 20 years in what owner Margaret Dunn dubs, “trackless trolleys,” but others might label brightly decorated buses with fanciful names.
• Big Business: Sleep America, which sells beds, mattresses and other sleep wares in 37 retail stores, several of them in Scottsdale.
• Nonprofit: Arabian Horse Association of Arizona puts on one of Scottsdale’s most successful annual events, generating an estimated $36 million annually in economic activity.