113 nominations for 91 local companies have been nominated for Santa Fe's annual Business Awards this year. Some companies received more than one nomination, according to an email from the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce.
"We are thrilled to have so many nominees for business awards this year," said chamber President Simon Brackley. "In spite of a difficult economy, many local businesses are doing an outstanding job of not just surviving but thriving."
The winners will be named at the Santa Fe Chamber's Annual Awards event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Santa Fe Farmers Market building. Admission is $30.
The awards celebrate excellence in Santa Fe business and highlight growth, innovation and job creation as well as green and family-friendly practices.
They are presented in six categories for different size businesses. A panel of previous winners and representatives from the chamber, the city of Santa Fe, Santa Fe Community College and Century Bank will choose the winners, who will each receive a locally made award.
Awards to be presented are Century Bank Business Excellence Awards in three categories; Santa Fe Community College Green Business of the Year; City of Santa Fe Family Friendly Business of the Year; and Santa Fe Small Business of the Year.
Taos honored twice
Taos recently was named as one of the "prettiest" (Forbes magazine) and "best small towns" (Smithsonian magazine) in the United States.
Taos is also being hailed as not only one of the "top arts destinations" in the country, but also the most spiritual place. American Style magazine, a premier magazine for art, collectors and cultural travelers, named Taos as a "Top Arts Destination" in its 15th annual
Top 25 Arts Destinations poll.
The American Style magazine article is available in the Summer 2012 issue, or can be accessed on americanstyle.com or via Facebook: facebook.com/AmericanStylemagazine
Qforma nod to Ferreira
Qforma, Inc., a leading provider of health care data analytics and predictive modeling technologies, has announced that its third annual Qforma Computational Thesis/Dissertation Award, in the amount of $5,000, has been presented to Kurt Brian Ferreira, who received his doctorate in computer science from The University of New Mexico at commencement ceremonies on May 4.
Ferreira's award-winning dissertation, Keeping Checkpoint/Restart Viable for Exascale Systems, is an outstanding research piece that explores, in detail, two methods to keep extreme-scale, high-performance computers running smoothly, an email from Qforma said.
DOE award given
Ideal System Solutions Inc. was presented the "HUBZone Small Business of the Year Award" at the 13th Annual Department of Energy Oak Ridge National Laboratory Small Business Subcontractor Awards Program held March 30 at the lab's conference center in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
The Small Business Award was received by Fran Melia, DOE senior account executive, from the Santa Fe sales office.
* Kathi Behan of Blue Chip Insurance Agency has completed the Accredited Adviser in Insurance designation through the Insurance Institute of America.
* Benchmark Hospitality International, a U.S.-based hospitality management company, has named Dean Saltz controller for Eldorado Hotel & Spa in Santa Fe.
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