One Southern Indiana has announced the finalists for the 2019 ONE Awards. 1si, which is the chamber of commerce and economic development organization for Clark and Floyd counties, says the winners in six categories will be announced at a ceremony in April.

The organization says the finalists in the first five categories were selected by an independent panel of judges based on criteria such as business history, community involvement, response to adversity, newly-created opportunities and innovation in products or services. The Economic Development Impact Award winner was chosen based on information submitted at the launch of a project with regard to the impact of the project on the community at large, according to 1si.

"We were happy to see all of our finalists are of the highest caliber," said Wendy Dant Chesser, chief executive officer of 1si. "Our judges rate the finalists and that counts for 90 percent of the final score. But the exciting part is when our members have their voices heard through online voting, counting for 10 percent of the total score – which has actually changed the outcome of past award competitions."

The finalists include:

Centra Credit Union WorkHub Innovation in Culture ONE Award - Recognizes company culture and encompassing programs working in employee retention, diversity, workplace health and/or green initiatives.

  • AssuredPartners
  • Harding, Shymanski & Company, P.S.C.
  • Park Community Credit Union

Commerce Bank Rising Star ONE Award - Given to a company located or headquartered in the Southern Indiana/Louisville Metro area and experienced tremendous growth and success within its first five years.

  • Jenpale LLC
  • Safety NET, LLC
  • Summers Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling

German American Bank Business of the Year ONE Award - For companies with 50 or less employees is given to a company located or headquartered in the Southern Indiana/Louisville Metro area that demonstrates outstanding business growth and community involvement.

  • Cimtech, Inc.
  • Montgomery Farms Weddings & Events
  • The Orange Clover LLC

Nu-Yale Nonprofit PROGRAM of the Year ONE Award - Highlights innovative and successful programs, initiatives or activities implemented by 1si member non-profit organizations.

  • Hope Southern IN: Holistic Hardware Self Sufficiency Classes program
  • Metro United Way: Build-a-Bed program
  • Volunteers of America Mid-States: Supported Employment program

Park Community Credit Union Business of the Year ONE Award - For companies with 51 or more employees given to a larger company, located or headquartered in the Southern Indiana/Louisville Metro area, that demonstrates outstanding business growth and community involvement.

  • The Koetter Group
  • MCM CPAs & Advisors
  • The New Washington State Bank

1si will also present the Rodefer Moss & Co. PLLC Economic Development Impact Project of the Year ONE Award, which is given to the expansion or attraction project having the greatest impact on our community in the past year.

Online voting will take place during the week of March 11 on the 1si Facebook page and website.