The Indy Rainbow Chamber of Commerce recently held its inaugural Excellence in Business Awards Gala. The ceremony honored members of the Indianapolis LGBTQ and ally business community who the chamber says are making a difference in the lives of LGBTQ Hoosiers statewide. 

“One of our main goals for 2019-2020 has been to grow the Chamber’s presence and benefits,” said Andy Ward, president of the Indy Rainbow Chamber board. “We feel the Excellence in Business Awards is a fantastic was to spotlight our business leaders and promote the Chamber." 

Mayor Joe Hogsett and Leonard Hoops, president and chief executive officer of Visit Indy welcomed guests to the ceremony.

The award recipients include:

Non-Profit of the Year Award 

  • The Julian Center 

Business Leader of the Year 

  • Juan Carlos Venis - Eskenazi Transgender Health and Wellness Program

Entrepreneur of the Year 

  • Stanley Wellman and Kent Henry - Heritage Clothiers 

Corporate Diversity Leader of the Year Award

  • Delta Faucet Company 

Ally of the Year Award 

  • Leigh Ann Hirschmann - Trinity Haven

Community Leader of the Year

  • Chris Douglas - C.H. Douglas & Gray Wealth Management

A special Lifetime Achievement Award was also presented to Barbara Baird for her ongoing work in the community.