Team effort

Local couple credits business of the year award to employees

J.B. and Paula Chapman shucked aside any credit for themselves Friday when asked about the Boys & Girls Club of Craig Business of the Year award the couple will receive this evening.

Instead, they doled out praise to the people who really make a difference in the community -- the 10 employees at Chapman Automotive Service Center.

"It's the team we get to work with day in and day out," said J.B. Chapman, who owns the automotive center with his wife. "Our staff wants to serve. It's all about serving the community.

"It's not just Paula and I. It's all of us, it's a team effort. We have a group of people who come together and enjoy serving people in the Valley."

Service to the community, and receiving awards for it, has been a common occurrence at Chapman's. Based on its "Keep Education Rolling Program," the automotive center has been chosen as the Business of the Year by the Boys and Girls Club of Craig.

Last year, the Craig Chamber of Commerce also named Chapman's as its Business of the Year.

The Chapmans will be honored today during the annual Cowboy Christmas event at the Boys & Girls Club, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40.

In a letter announcing the Chapman's honor, the Boys & Girls Club board wrote, "As owners of a local business, J.B. and Paula exemplify the qualities that make a business deserving of its success."

The board pointed to Chapman's "Keeping Education Rolling Program" as a primary reason for its nomination.

The "Keep Education Rolling Program" provides 2 percent of all sales to a Moffat County School District school of the customer's choice or the Boys & Girls Club. The program has raised about $25,000 in its short existence.

J.B. said the program was founded as a way to serve and invest in the community's future. Shop employees agreed, and the program was implemented in October 2005.

The business did not change its price structure to make up for the 2 percent in sales lost.

"Education is paramount to (the) future of the next generation," J.B. said.

Board members said the Chapman's serve the community in other ways as well. Paula Chapman chairs the finance committee for the Boys & Girls Club, volunteers for Young Life, the Craig Sea Sharks and 4-H. J.B.'s service resume includes volunteering to coach youth sports, serving on the Moffat County School Activities Council and the Moffat County 4-H Foundation.

They are both active in Ducks Unlimited and the Elk Foundation.

"We want to give back to the community," J.B. said. "When you invest in kids, you invest in the future."

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