Business Spotlight: Elite Shutters & Blinds

Elite Shutters & Blinds, recently recognized as a finalist by the 2009 Better Business Bureau, Business Ethic Awards and as a “Company to Watch” through the Arizona Small Business Association, offers FREE in-home estimates to Estrella residents on all patio shades and sunscreens.  In addition, discounted prices of 10% are being offered to Estrella residents on all roll-down patio shades.  This comes just in time to tame that Arizona sunshine this spring and into the summer months.
Elite Shutters & Blinds is your one-stop-shop for home improvement.  Owners, Dave and Michelle German, are preparing for their third store right here in Goodyear, located at 15411 West McDowell Road, Suite 104.  Their opening is scheduled for April and will give homeowners the opportunity to visit the showroom and see product samples, which include draperies, garage cabinets, garage floor coating, crown molding, soft water systems, sunscreens, patio shades and custom closets.  Customers will be pleased to know that they are buying quality products from a reputable company at industry leading prices.

Elite Shutters & Blinds has been doing business for the past 4 1/2 years.  Dave and Michelle German decided to start a business in September of 2005 after buying a brand new home in Gilbert.  The neighborhood’s HOA required window coverings within the first 60 days of move-in dates, yet after calling several companies, the couple was unsuccessful at getting anyone to return their calls for estimates or for their business.  That poor service prompted the Germans to start Elite Shutters & Blinds, offering homeowners the service that they deserved.  The term “Elite” is defined as “the choice or best of anything considered collectively.”  This word seemed appropriate and parallels the couple’s business philosophy.

“Many people asked me why I left the hi-tech world to start a window covering business in one of the most saturated industries in the Valley.  My standard answer is because homeowners in the Valley needed something different … something better!” states the owner of Elite Shutters & Blinds.

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Business Briefcase

Elite Shutters & Blinds in Goodyear Centerpointe, on the southeast corner of McDowell Road and Pebble Creek Parkway.  The 1,753-square-foot-Goodyear store will be the business’ third Arizona location, with the other two in Eloy and Anthem.  Besides shutters and blinds, the business offers ceiling fans, garage cabinets, garage flooring, soft water systems, custom closets, crown molding, window cleaning, retractable awnings, roller shades, hide-away screens, pation, shades, security doors and lattice patio covers.

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Elite Shutters & Blinds At A Glance

Elite Shutters & Blinds continues to be one of the fastest growing small businesses around despite the economic downtown.  The company attributes its success to the fact that company leaders and staff are always looking for new and innovative products, partners and employees to set themselves apart from their competition.  Eloy-based Elite Shutters & Blinds continues to grow a rapid pace and is becoming a leader in the home improvement industry.  For 200, the company projects a 102 percent revenue growth rate, as well as a 127 percent employee growth rate.

Elite Shutters & Blinds believes that “you’re only as good as your employees,” so the company goes above and beyond to maintain employer-employee relationships that contribute to satisfactory productivity, motivation and morale.

Elite Shutters & Blinds is not willing to compromise the values upon which it has built its business.  Due in part to this philosophy, the company was one of three to receive an award from the Better Business Bureau for business ethics in 2009.

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In the Spotlight – Eloy

One employee, a mobile showroom and one mission.  When Dave German decided to start his business 4 years ago, Elite Shutters & Blinds, he had one goal in mind.  To provide homeowners with the best products with industry leading customer service and competitive pricing.  Today, the company has grown to 8 employees and has two valley retail stores located in Eloy and Florence.
Elite Shutters & Blinds has expanded to offer a variety of products and be your one-stop source for all home improvements.  Along with custom shutters, blinds and sunscreens, the company now offers ceiling fans, garage cabinets, garage floor coverings, custom closets, crown moulding, window tint, window cleaning, retractable awnings, roller shades, hide-away screens, security doors and soft water systems.  Customers no longer have to waste time and money getting several quotes from other dealers, they can now purchase from one reputable company and know the job will be done above and beyond the customer’s expectations.

Dave and the Elite team were presented two prestigious awards in 2009.  Elite Shutters & Blinds was a 2009 Better Business Bureau Business Ethics Award Finalist and 1 of 37 companies to be presented an award as a “Company to Watch” by the Arizona Small Business Association.

The company continues to grow and just announced the grand opening on two more locations in the next 6 months, Goodyear and Tucson.

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Small-Business Group Honors 37 Companies To Watch

The Arizona Small Business Association honors 37 companies at its fourth annual Coamerica Bank Arizona Companies to Watch awards dinner Nov 6th.  Elite Shutters & Blinds is one of the 37 companies to be recognized.

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Elite Shutters & Blinds Receives 2009 Comerica Bank Arizona Companies to Watch Award

Elite Shutters & Blinds has been recognized as a recipient of the 2009 Comerica Bank Arizona Companies to Watch award, an honor presented by the Arizona Small Business Association, Comerica Bank and the Edward Lowe Foundation.

Thirty-seven companies from Arizona will receive their awards at an awards gala on Nov. 6 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel.
Comerica Bank Arizona Companies to Watch is an awards program that celebrates privately held second-stage companies based in Arizona. To be eligible, applicants must employ between 6 and 100 full-time equivalent employees and have between $750,000 and $100 million in annual revenue or working capital in place. Awardees are selected for demonstrating the intent and capacity to grow based on employee or sales growth, exceptional entrepreneurial leadership, sustainable competitive advantage or other notable strengths.

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Elite Shutters & Blinds Nominated for Prestigious Awards

bbbphotoAn Eloy-based business, with a home-based Maricopa office, is pulling in nominations for some prestigious awards.

Elite Shutters & Blinds was one of two runners-up in May for the Better Business Bureaus ethics award.“It is a great honor to be a runner-up for this award,” said the company’s owner, Dave German.
“It is very rare for a window covering firm to receive an ethics award.”

A total of 250 companies filled out an application of eligibility for the award after first receiving a nomination. That 115-page application included 40-50 letters from customers about how Elite had established ethics standards in the window covering industry.

While the company didn’t finish first for the ethics award, they are on the verge of being named one of the Arizona Small Business Association’s 10 companies to watch in 2010.

The award recognizes companies the organization views as the pride of Arizona, demonstrating outstanding performance in the marketplace or exhibiting innovative products or processes.

Elite received notification last week that it had made it through to round two of the selection process, and a second application is now necessary. The winners of the award will be announced Nov. 6 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel.

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Dinner with the 2 Mayor Jacksons

Dinner with the 2 Mayor JacksonsEloy Mayor Byron Jackson and Casa Grande Mayor Bob Jackson and their wives dined at the Robson Ranch Grill with Dave German and his wife, Michelle, on June 27th.

Dave is the owner of Elite Shutters and Blinds, located in the suite of stores at the front of the Robson Ranch property in Eloy.
Last November at the annual Santa Cruz Valley Historic Museum’s annual fundraising dinner-dance at The Property Conference Center, Dave had the winning bid for the “Dinner with the Mayors Jackson at the Robson Ranch Restaurant”.

Every year the museum presents an opportunity for the community to give back to its history.  For six years, the museum has been raising funds fo the renovation of the old Toltec School building on Toltec Road.  Much work has already been done but a great deal of work remains to be completed.

The annual Santa Cruz Historic Museum’s Dinner Dance will be held Nov 7 at The Property.

The theme of this year’s event is “Come to the Party!”  A party atmosphere will help to raise the much-needed funds for the school renovation by participating in the raffle and the silent and live auctions.

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Does your home need a makeover? Perhaps some organization? Can’t fit your car in the garage? We can help!

Eloy based company, Elite Shutters & Blinds is excited to offer homeowners one-stop for all home improvements! Along with custom shutters, blinds and sunscreens, we now offer ceiling fans, garage cabinets, garage floor coating, custom closets, crown moulding, window cleaning, retractable awnings, roller shades, hide-away screens, security doors & lattice patio covers.
Customers can come visit our showroom, see samples and buy all products and services in one convenient location. Customers no longer have to waste time, money and drive all over—we offer it all. Elite Shutters & Blinds is committed to providing customers with quality products at affordable prices with industry leading service. Contact us today and see the Elite difference!

Come visit Elite Shutters & Blinds’ two valley locations:

Robson Ranch
5251 N. Robson Blvd.
Suite 3
Eloy, AZ 85231
520-374-2235

Anthem Marketplace at Merrill Ranch
3235 N. Hunt Highway
Suite 101
Florence, AZ 85232
520-723-6727

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