Herb Pharm was pleased to be among the honorees recently at the Eighth Annual Grants Pass & Josephine County Economic Development Forum. The Business Retention and Expansion program is a joint effort of the City of Grants Pass and the Grants Pass & Josephine County Chamber of Commerce. The BR&E committee takes this opportunity each year to honor several businesses in the county who are making significant contributions to “Building the Future” of our community.
This year Herb Pharm was the proud recipient of the “Against All Odds” Award. This award is given to businesses that have overcome major obstacles to remain an important contributing part of our local economy. As Charlie Mitchell, the Economic Development Coordinator for Grants Pass explained it, “Simply keeping a viable and growing business in a location as remote as Williams is a major accomplishment, but Herb Pharm has done so much more by staying relevant in a very competitive market.”
Other award winners at this year’s event were:
Marzi Sinks – The Small Business Growth Award
Duro-Last Roofing – The Large Business Growth Award
Taylor Sausage – The Oregon Dreamer Award
Gates Home Furnishings – The Heritage Award
Roger Harding – The Business Champion Award
Socially Responsible Business Award
On Oct. 8th, 2006 Herb Pharm was awarded the Socially Responsible Business Award at Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore, Maryland. A group of representatives from several natural products trade groups and other natural products organizations, including the National Natural Foods Association, each year chooses three companies in the industry to recognize for having business practices that go beyond focus on profit, businesses who have what is referred to as a double or triple bottom line (referring to focus on social and environmental priorities).
The judges examine companys’ practices regarding business ethics, accountability, the environment, employee benefits, employment practices, product value and quality, commitment to integrity, community involvement, and a host of other value laden topics. Sara and Ed accepted the award at the 12th annual Socially Responsible Business Awards breakfast. “We are extremely honored to be recognized in this way. There are many companies in the natural products industry creating good products and doing great things in the world. To be recognized in this way is a humbling honor and speaks to all of the amazing people who have contributed to Herb Pharm’s success and evolution over the years.”
Originally Published in November 2006