Thursday, March 6, 2014 12:00 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today named Cuisine Unlimited Catering & Special Events of Salt Lake City, UT, a Blue Ribbon Small Business Award winner. The annual program recognizes companies for their dedication to the principles of free enterprise and contributions to restoring jobs and supporting economic growth. Cuisine Unlimited Catering & Special Events was selected from a record number of applicants across the nation for demonstrating exceptional business practices in areas including strategic planning, employee development, community involvement, and customer service.
“As the business community has worked hard to do its part in moving the country forward economically, small businesses have continued to be the driving force responsible for much of our progress,” U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue said. “Our Blue Ribbon Award winners are the best of the best—growing and succeeding despite significant challenges.”
"We are so honored to be recognized by the US Chamber of Commerce. It is never about an individual, but always about our Cuisine Unlimited group of professionals who love what they do and take pride in their work," said Maxine Turner, President of Cuisine Unlimited. "We have never set our goal to be the largest catering company, but strive to always be the best."
The Chamber will announce seven regional finalists on March 19 and honor all of this year’s Blue Ribbon Small Business Award winners at the 10th annual America’s Small Business Summit, taking place June 11 – 13 in Washington, D.C. During the summit, one regional finalist will receive the DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Sam’s Club®, and a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of the U.S. Chamber. All Blue Ribbon winners are also eligible for the Community Excellence Award, which will be decided through online public voting February 19 – 28.
“The Chamber is proud to honor these outstanding small businesses for their contributions to the country’s economic recovery and continued hard work in their communities,” Donohue continued. “They represent the creativity, the determination, and the resilience of the U.S. business community and are examples of the enormous potential of businesses and employees across the country.”
A complete list of this year’s Blue Ribbon Small Business Award winners is available here.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. Its International Affairs division includes more than 50 regional and policy experts and 25 country- and region-specific business councils and initiatives. The U.S. Chamber also works closely with 116 American Chambers of Commerce abroad.
About Cuisine Unlimited
Cuisine Unlimited, Inc., founded by Maxine and Marvin Turner in 1985, is an award winning, $5,500,000 culinary business specializing in gourmet, off-premise catering and corporate café services. Ranked Caterer of the Year by Event Solutions, Cuisine Unlimited, Inc. has been recognized by Utah Business Magazine as Utah’s Top Corporate Caterer for the multiple years. Named in top 5,000 businesses in US by INK Magazine in 2010 and again in 2013. The SBA has named her “Small Business Owner of the Year” and The Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce honored Maxine with their Women to Watch, Pathfinder Award as well as Small Business of the Year. Maxine and Marvin both serve on several business boards and community organizations. Their sons, Aaron and Jeff Turner joined Cuisine Unlimited in 2003 and today run the daily operations of the company. Maxine and Marvin Turner are also the founders of the US Welcome Foundation.