InMaricopa Publisher Scott Bartle

The Maricopa Chamber bestowed a great honor upon InMaricopa at its annual awards banquet Jan. 20. We are very proud to be named Business of the Year by our fellow chamber members.

We joined the chamber 15 years ago and have been working tirelessly to serve our community since. Our journalists are passionate about informing Maricopans and our advertising team is equally passionate about helping local businesses succeed. It’s awesome for them to be recognized by our fellow chamber members with this prestigious award.

Raquel, Michelle, Mason, Vince and Chance, congratulations and thank you! You deserve this honor, and I hope you are as proud of yourselves as I am of you. I also celebrate the work of your predecessors, from Joyce to Dick and everyone in between who helped lay a positive foundation for our company.

Though our analytics and survival skills – not many pre-recession Maricopa startups are still serving and employing Maricopans today – indicate our publications are well-read, it is extremely gratifying to be recognized by the community in this way. Our team’s intrinsic rewards come from fulfilling our mission of informing readers/viewers and enriching advertisers. Being recognized publicly for those efforts is exceptionally meaningful.

Without our readers supporting our advertisers, and our advertisers supporting us, we would not be able to provide what we believe is an invaluable benefit to our community. We are proud our first two sponsors, Orbitel Communications and Harrah’s Ak-Chin, still see value in advertising with us today, and we cherish every new relationship developed a decade and a half later. Thank you for your support!

We are proud to be the recipient of an accolade named after the late Bill “Waz” Wasowicz, who contributed selflessly to his community and chamber. We appreciate The Maricopa Real Estate Company for sponsoring the award, the chamber for hosting it, Terri Crain for nominating us and all chamber members who voted for us.

Thank you for all your readership, and support.

Scott Bartle is founder and publisher of InMaricopa.