The Durango Chamber of Commerce has announced the finalists for the annual Durango Rocks! awards.
The awards honor businesses and individuals for their accomplishments and contributions to the community.
“It’s the Academy Awards of Durango,” said Jack Llewellyn, executive director of the Chamber.
Finalists are selected by a committee of 15 people that discuss the nominations and rank them, Llewellyn said. The Chamber accepts nominations throughout the year.
There is a slight change in the categories this year.
After about five years on hiatus, the Green Business Leadership Awards will be presented at the event in partnership with the Green Business Roundtable.
The awards will be presented at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Community Concert Hall.
Tickets are $30 and available at durangoconcerts.tix.com, the Welcome Center on Main Avenue and durangobusiness.org.
The finalists are:
Citizen of the YearTom Compton, Hesperus rancher and an elected director of La Plata Electric Association
Meredith Mapel, vice president of Coca-Cola of Durango-Farmington
Steve Short, former president and CEO of the First National Bank of Durango and a member of the Board of Trustees for Fort Lewis College
Business of the Year
Seasons Rotisserie & Grill
Serious Texas BBQ
Small Business of the Year
Evenings Porch Assisted Living
Nonprofit of the Year
Axis Health Systems
Durango Adult Education Center
Know Your Dough
Entrepreneur of the Year
Mark Thompson, founder of Phoenix Recycling
Tim Turner, founder of Zia Taqueria
Spirit of Durango
Black Bear Carpet Cleaning
Four Leaves Winery
Pura Vida Natural Healthcare
“Bill Mashaw” Volunteer of the Year
Green Business Leadership Award
Cream Bean Berry