Business Group Announces Award Winners

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One Southern Indiana has named the winners of its 2014 Business Awards. Categories include business of the year, rising star and economic development impact project of the year. March 12, 2014

News Release

NEW ALBANY, Ind. - One Southern Indiana (1si) today announced the winners of their 26th annual Business Awards program. The winners received recognition at a dinner held last night at Huber's Orchard, Winery & Vineyard's Plantation Hall. More than 500 attendees celebrated the success of these local and regional businesses. Angie Fenton, entertainment correspondent for WHAS11's "Great Day Live!" was the evening's emcee and Bryan Wickens with MAC Construction & Excavating led the invocation.

The program recognized three finalists in six categories and selected a company as the economic development project of the year. Each of the finalists was showcased in a customized video before representatives of each award’s sponsor announced the winners.

"We received a record number of applications this year," said Wendy Dant Chesser, President and CEO of 1si. "So many remarkable stories of success and innovation were conveyed in the submissions. We congratulate them all for the inspiration provided by their achievements."

Congratulations to the 2014 winners:

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

-Sounds Unlimited Productions

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

-Your Community Bank

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

-Uptown Art

Kightlinger & Gray Sam Day Professional of the Year Award

-Dr. Rita Hudson Shourds, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

Duke Energy Kevin Hammersmith Community Leader of the Year Award

-Susie Stewart, Women’s Foundation of Southern Indiana

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

-Andrew Takami, Purdue University, College of Technology

Stites and Harbison, PLLC Economic Development Impact Project of the Year Award

-Catamaran Corp.

The winners were chosen from an independent panel of judges based on criteria of business history, community involvement, response to adversity, newly-created opportunities, and innovation in products or services.

One Southern Indiana's Business Awards Program was sponsored by:

Platinum Sponsors: Axiom Financial Strategies Group of Wells Fargo Advisors; Duke Energy; Kightlinger and Gray, LLP; L&D Mail Masters; River Valley Financial Bank; Stites and Harbison; PLLC and True Colors Tanning.

Gold Sponsors: Park Community Credit Union; Monroe Shine; Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs; Louisville Business First; Lloyd's Florist; Your Community Bank; Sounds Unlimited Productions;

Silver Sponsors: Centra Credit Union; Derby Dinner Playhouse; Gretchen Mahaffey, MBA, CFP Certified Financial Planner Practitioner; Harding, Shymanski & Co.; Hawkeye Security & Electronics; PNC Bank and Southern Indiana Realtors Association.

Cocktail Reception Sponsor: Huber's Orchard, Winery & Vineyards. Special thanks to Mr. Tim Dench, Floyd Central High School and his FCTV students for the production of the finalist's videos and event videotaping.

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