By Dee Porter
Meghan Wagley of Chaparral Mini Mart & Motel in Duncan has been named the top woman in business in Greenlee County.
She received the honor during the Gila Valley Small Business Woman of the Year awards ceremony at Eastern Arizona College Oct. 25.
On Thursday, October 25, 2018, the Gila Valley Small Business Woman of the Year Awards were presented at Eastern Arizona College in the Gherald Hoopes Jr. Activities Center. There were 100 people in attendance. Excellent refreshments were enjoyed as the evening started off with Charmaine Chidester welcoming the nominees and all of the guests, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and the invocation.
The two recipients from last year were the guest speakers. Susan Snyder, owner of Chase Creek Marketplace, was the winner for Greenlee County in 2017. Susan told the audience how grateful she was to have won. She shared that the winnings were used to complete improvements to her store. Even the improvements became a community project of sorts.
Jenny Rogers, owner of the Safford Dance Academy, was the winner for Graham County in 2017. Jenny also expressed her gratitude at being chosen last year and said that she also used the winnings to make improvements to her business. Not only are these ladies busy business owners, both Susan and Jenny are very involved in their communities.
The nominees for 2018 are listed below:
Greenlee County Nominees:
Cheryl Resur, York Valley Soap, Duncan
Dustin Robinette, Town & Country Supply, Duncan
Erin Anderson, ProTalk Speech Therapy, Morenci
Hilda Goeking, Hilda’s Market and Restaurant, Duncan
Jackie Norton, PJ’s Restaurant, Clifton
Jules Green, Noah’s Ark Animal Clinic, Morenci
Meghan Wagley, Chaparral Mini Mart & Motel, Duncan
Samantha Orr, Personal Pet Care, Morenci
Graham County Nominees:
Abigail Quintana, Mechy’s Mexican Food, Safford
Debbie Bass, Debbie’s, Safford
Jenna Ferrin, Jenna Ferrin Financial Services LLC, Safford
Jenny Howard, Ginaveve’s Market Place, Safford
Jill Chacon, Fifth Avenue Florist, Safford
Juanita Ornelas, Hatchlings Daycare, Thatcher
Lana Lee, Real Deals Home Décor, Safford
Margo Henrie, Fizek Fitness, Thatcher
Stasha Barlow, Jars and Lace, Safford
Stephanie Rios, The Cleanup Crew, Pima
Torey Cranford, Cakes with TLC, Safford
Each nominee was presented with a gift bag full of wonderful surprises and a framed certificate.
The winners are chosen for not only the services or products they provide to their customers but also for their involvement and commitment to their communities. All of the nominations expressed the many ways these business owners are assets to their communities and care about what is happening locally.
The committee said it was extremely difficult to narrow it down to just one winner for each county because there so many great nominations were received. The two winners were each presented with a $1000 cash prize.
Meghan Wagley wins
Meghan Wagley is the 2018 winner for Greenlee County. She is the owner of Chaparral Mini Mart & Motel in Duncan. The nominations for Meghan listed the numerous events and committees in which she is involved. The list of Meghan’s activities was extensive. Meghan was overcome with emotion on learning that she had won. She humbly accepted the award and stated “I truly love my community”.
Jenny Howard is the 2018 winner for Graham County. She is the owner of Ginaveve’s Market Place in Safford. Jenny’s store offers a diverse assortment of special merchandise, she also operates a coffee bar, a lunch bar, and offers olive oil and vinegar assortments at her Safford store. The nominations for Jenny also listed numerous ways that she gives back to the community. A close family friend accepted the award for Jenny as she was out of state. Congratulations Jenny!!
The awards are made possible by the Eastern Arizona College Small Business Development Center in conjunction with their sponsors, Freeport-McMoRan, Graham County Chamber of Commerce, Greenlee County Chamber of Commerce, American Association of University Women, Woman’s Club of Safford, and the Eastern Arizona Courier.