2018 BOOST! Prize Winners
The winners of the 2018 BOOST! Prize were announced at the Phoenix Business Journal’s Corporate Philanthropy Awards event on October 25, 2018.
Arizona businesses Willmeng Construction, Inc. and Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA each stood out in their applications, demonstrating a strong, forward-thinking approach to corporate philanthropy.
Willmeng Construction, Inc.
Established in 1977, Willmeng Construction, Inc. is a locally owned and operated building contractor specializing in Arizona's ground-up and tenant improvement projects. In the last year, the company worked on 130 office and industrial projects in Arizona.
he Valley and works with its employees to ensure they are proactively engaging with the community.
Willmeng Construction, Inc. will use the BOOST! Prize money to formalize its corporate giving program, structure a mentorship program ASU alumni employees and ASU students who are looking to enter the construction workforce, and help employees identify local community projects requiring construction expertise.
Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA
Independent Newsmedia Inc. is a publishing and printing company that supports every American's First Amendment rights and encourages and assists citizens in exercising those rights responsibly. They pursue this mission by publishing community newspapers, providing printing services to other publishers, and creating citizen-driven community websites.
In Arizona, the company publishes a daily newspaper, five weekly and three monthly community newspapers, a monthly magazine, and operates five community websites and a commercial printing plant. Whether it be daily, weekly, or monthly, Independent Newsmedia Inc. reaches over 265,000 households in the Valley of the Sun.
In addition to their commitment to local journalism, its newspapers have long supported local charitable organizations. The BOOST! Prize money will be used to formalize Independent Newsmedia Inc.'s corporate philanthropy campaign to provide a minimum of $100,000 annually to local nonprofits, as well as implement processes to better track charitable impact in the community.