Ticket Sales Continue for 2005 Business of the Year Awards

Ticket sales continue for Arkansas Business Publishing Group's 2005 Business of the Year Awards, which honors businesses, nonprofits and executives from throughout the state.

Award winners will be named at a banquet on March 9 at 6:15 p.m. at the Statehouse Convention Center's Wally Allen Ballroom in Little Rock. This year's banquet has been scheduled to accommodate those also attending the Rolling Stones concert later that night at Alltel Arena in North Little Rock.

Finalists for the 2005 Arkansas Business of the Year Awards are:

Business Executive of the Year

Jay Bradford, First Arkansas Insurance of Pine Bluff
Ed Choate, Delta Dental of Sherwood
Steve Kinzler, The Wilcox Group of Little Rock
James Smith, Fikes Truck Line of Hope
Steven Willmon, Brandon Co. of North Little Rock

Business of the Year

Category I (1-25 employees):
Art-exchange.com Inc. of Hot Springs
Chateaux Aux Arc Vineyards & Winery of Altus
Don's Supply of Little Rock
Flynn Legal Services of Little Rock
eDocAmerica of Little Rock

Category II (26-75 employees):
Airways Freight Corp. of Fayetteville
Bell-Corley Construction of Little Rock
Claudia's Canine Cuisine of North Little Rock
Fikes Truck Line of Hope
Power Technology of Little Rock

Category III (76-300 employees):
Brandon Co. of North Little Rock
Delta Dental of Sherwood
Mountain Valley Spring Co. of Hot Springs
Travel Nurse Across America of Little Rock
Welsco Inc. of North Little Rock

Nonprofit Executive of the Year

Angela Duran, Southern Good Faith Fund of Pine Bluff
Phyllis Haynes, Arkansas Foodbank Network of Little Rock
Ben Steinberg, Southern Financial Partners of Helena
Bonnie White, Mid-South Health Systems of Jonesboro
Bob Young, Healthy Connections of Mena

Nonprofit Organization of the Year

Arkansas Literacy Councils of Little Rock
Children's Homes of Paragould
Healthy Connections of Mena
Humane Society of Pulaski County of Little Rock
Youth Home Inc. of Little Rock

The Arkansas Community Foundation will also honors its annual Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation award winners at the banquet.

This year's winners are First Security Bank of Clarksville, Mitchell Williams Selig Gates & Woodyard P.L.L.C. and Weyerhaeuser Co.

Tickets to the awards banquet are $80 per person or $800 per table of 10. To reserve tickets, visit Arkansasbusiness.com/aboy or call Elana Geffken at (501) 372-1443. You can also print and mail this order form with your payment enclosed.

Business of the Year awards are given to businesses at least three years old and in one of three categories: 1-25 employees, 26-75 employees and 76-300 employees. A candidate for Business Executive of the Year must lead a business with 300 or fewer employees. Nonprofits must be 501(c)3 organizations with annual operating revenue of less than $25 million.