October 19, 2009

Udall Congratulates Sacred Wind for "Shine a Light" Win

ABQ Communications Group Receives National Small Business Award

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., congratulated Albuquerque-based Sacred Wind Communications for winning the “Shine a Light” small business contest for their work to improve telecommunications services for the Navajo Nation. Fewer than four out of every 10 homes on the reservation currently have access to basic telephone services.

“I want to congratulate Sacred Wind Communications for using their vision and expertise to help bridge the digital divide that exists for families and businesses on the Navajo Nation. Sacred Wind is a great example of how the entrepreneurial spirit can be unleashed to make a real difference in the lives of people who need it most. The Navajo Nation suffers from staggering rates of unemployment, preventable diseases and in many cases third-world living conditions so Sacred Wind’s commitment to improve the kinds of access so many of us take for granted is truly inspiring,” Udall said.

Sacred Wind Communication will receive $50,000 in grant money and $50,000 in marketing support from the contest sponsors NBC Universal and American Express. The company beat out over 4,000 other companies that competed for the award for most inspiring small business.