Business Group Names Awards Finalists

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One Southern Indiana has narrowed its list of 2014 Business Awards nominees to 18 finalists. The winners will be announced at an event next month at Huber's Orchard, Winery and Vineyard in Borden. February 11, 2014

News Release

NEW ALBANY, Ind. - One Southern Indiana (1si) today announces the finalists selected for the 2014 Business Awards program. This prestigious annual event recognizes the "best and brightest" in business in Southern Indiana and the Louisville Metro area. Winners will be announced at the event on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Huber's Orchard, Winery and Vineyard's Plantation Hall in Borden, Ind.

The finalists were chosen from an independent panel of judges and were selected based on criteria of business history, community involvement, response to adversity, newly-created opportunities and innovation in products or services. This year's finalists (in alphabetical order) include:

River Valley Financial Bank Business of the Year Award (less than 25 employees)

-Adrienne and Company Bakery and Cafe

-Sounds Unlimited Productions

-Workshop, the creative workplace

True Colors Tanning Business of the Year Award (more than 25 employees)

-Mountjoy Chilton Medley LLP

-Park Community Credit Union

-Your Community Bank

L&D Mail Masters Rising Star Award (businesses up to 5 years old)

-Southern Indiana Paint Supply

-Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt

-Uptown Art

Kightlinger & Gray, Sam Day Professional of the Year Award

-Michele Day, New Albany-Floyd County School Corporation

-Cathe Dykstra, Family Scholar House

-Dr. Rita Hudson Shourds, Ivy Tech Community College

Duke Energy, Kevin Hammersmith Community Leader of the Year Award

-Robert Kleehamer, River Valley Financial Bank

-Susie Stewart, Women’s Foundation of Southern Indiana

-Victor Unruh, MAC Construction & Excavating, Inc.

Axiom Financial Strategies of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC James W. Robinson Young Professional of the Year

-Kevin Boehnlein, Edward Jones Investments

-Cara Silletto, Crescendo Strategies

-Andrew Takami, Purdue University Center of Technology

"We received a record number of applications for awards this year," said 1si President and CEO Wendy Dant Chesser. "It is wonderful to be able to recognize these businesses and professionals for what they do well - whether it's creating jobs, contributing to the local economy or just giving back to the community. Each of these finalists exemplifies the creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship that Southern Indiana is known for and we celebrate with them."

In addition to the above six categories, 1si recognizes the positive impact new and existing businesses have in our region. Through the Economic Development Impact of the Year Award, sponsored by Stites and Harbison, PLLC, 1si will acknowledge a company that has created new jobs, increased payroll and significantly invested new capital in either Clark or Floyd County.

At the event, attendees will enjoy networking, hors d’oeuvres, Huber wine tastings, buffet style dinner and a full production awards program. The emcee for the evening will be Angie Fenton, WHAS 11’s Great Day Live entertainment correspondent and former Buzz Columnist for the Louisville Courier-Journal. Over 500 guests are expected to attend and the event is open to the public. Winners from past years are highly encouraged to attend and will be given special recognition at the program. Individual reservations for 1si members are $60 each, tables of eight are available for $440, and guests are $85 each. Reservations may be made by visiting or by calling (812) 945-0266.

Floyd Central High School’s radio/television program (FCTV) students will create professional videos of the finalists which will be shown during the event. 1si’s in-house AV provider, Sounds Unlimited Productions, will provide audio and event staging.

About One Southern Indiana

One Southern Indiana (1si) was formed in July of 2006 as the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development organization serving Clark and Floyd Counties. 1si's mission is to provide the connections, resources and services that help businesses innovate and thrive in the southern Indiana/Louisville metro area.

Since its inception, the organization has evolved to include a three-prong approach to serve its members and investors. Business Resources, as the chamber side of the organization, encompasses membership, signature events and programs which support and encourage business growth; Economic Development works to grow the regional economy through the attraction of new commerce and assists with retention and expansion of existing businesses; Advocacy supports businesses at the government level by engaging in initiatives to preserve, protect and promote a business friendly environment free of obstacles to growth and development of commerce.

Source: One Southern Indiana