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Local company receives success award at annual SBDC ceremony

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Local company receives success award at annual SBDC ceremony

By Lori Dugan

THATCHER, AZ—Sollers Construction, a home building and framing company in Central, was one of 14 Arizona small businesses honored at the 2008 Success Awards ceremony hosted by the Arizona Small Business Development Center Network at the Heard Museum in Phoenix last month. Several Arizona state legislators and representatives of Governor Napolitano’s office were in attendance for the event. Sollers Construction also received a special certificate of commendation from Representative Raul Grijalva, who currently serves on the Small Business Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Sollers Construction is owned and operated by Bill and Lori Sollers of Central. The business started small, employing Bill, Lori, and their immediate family members, but has grown rapidly in the past few years to accommodate their growing demand. Last year, the company employed a crew of nearly 50 to build 20 new homes and frame an additional 130 homes. In addition to framing and building homes, Sollers Construction is working on a large-scale commercial project in 2008.

Sollers Construction is one of two businesses nominated for the Arizona Small Business Success Award by Mike Fox, director of the Eastern Arizona College Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Fox met the Sollers’ when the couple approached the SBDC for assistance with their accounting software.

“One of the things that really sets them apart is the way they have managed the rapid growth of their company,” Fox said. “This is a company that not only works hard building houses, but also works hard building a solid business that will survive when the job market slows. They are extremely committed to their family, their employees, and their community.”