Businesses Honored With 'One Awards'

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One Southern Indiana has announced the winners of its 27th annual ONE Awards. Honorees include Schimpff's Confectionery in Jeffersonville and Park Community Credit Union, which has locations in New Albany and Clarksville.

March 13, 2015

News Release

New Albany, Ind. -- One Southern Indiana (1si) announced the winners of their 27th annual ONE Awards, formerly the Southern Indiana Business Awards. The winners received recognition at a dinner held on Tuesday at Huber's Orchard, Winery & Vineyard's Plantation Hall. More than 500 attendees celebrated the success of these local and regional businesses.

The program recognized three finalists in seven 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. Guests were also treated to entertainment from Executive Board Members and a grand finale by the staff. "With the rebranding of this program to the ONE Awards, we have taken measures to make the evening more lively and fun," said Wendy Dant Chesser, President and CEO of 1si. "As always, the caliber of nominees was top notch and the competition was fierce. The evening was a testament to the robust businesses in our region with many One Southern Indiana member businesses and individuals receiving recognition they richly deserve."

Congratulations to the 2015 winners:

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

--Schimpff's Confectionery

Strothman & Co., PSC ONE Award for Business of the Year (more than 25 employees)

--Park Community Credit Union

Park Community Credit Union Rising Star Award (businesses up to 5 years old)

--Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt

Kightlinger & Gray Sam Day ONE Award for Professional of the Year

--Blayr Barnard, Southeast ISBDC

Duke Energy Kevin Hammersmith ONE Award for Community Leader

--Robert Kleehamer, River Valley Financial Bank

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

--Jillian Cantu, Ivy Tech Community College Foundation

Wellness Coalition of Southern Indiana Growing Healthy Lives One Award

--Floyd Memorial Hospital & Health Services

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

--Autoneum North America, Inc.

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; Park Community Credit Union; River Valley Financial Bank; Stites and Harbison, PLLC, Strothman+Co. and the Wellness Coalition of Southern Indiana. Gold Sponsors: Business First; L&D Mail Masters; Lloyd's Florist; Monroe Shine; Mountjoy Chilton Medley; Nu-Yale; PNC Bank; Sounds Unlimited Productions; The Marketing Company and Your Community Bank. Silver Sponsors: Centra Credit Union; Derby Dinner Playhouse; Harding, Shymanski & Co.; Morris Images and WFPL 89.3. Bronze Sponsors: Bennett & Bennett Insurance Co., Charles Schwab – Mike Johnson, DMLO CPAs; Leslie Lewis & Associates; Louisville Regional Airport Authority; Mortenson Dental Partners, Office and Business Resources and Ticket to Ride; Cocktail Reception Sponsor: Huber's Orchard, Winery and Vineyards. Special thanks to Mr. Tim Dench, Jeffersonville High School and his TV/Radio 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