The winners of the second annual LEAD (Leadership in Entrepreneurship Awards Day) Southern Indiana Small Business Awards have been determined, report leaders of the sponsoring Southeast Indiana Small Business Development Center.
With over 70 nominations of entrepreneurs and business champions from 12 counties, “the nominations were very competitive,” a news release notes.
Ten awards will be presented during a lunch Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 11 a.m. at Kye’s II, Jeffersonville:
Home-Based Business Champion of the Year Jaime Mustaine, owner of Tri-State Artisans, Batesville, was nominated by Deanna Hookway. Mustaine was selected for promoting the local community artists and offering children’s art programs to foster budding artists. She now showcases home-based business products from over 70 artisans and is looking to expand.
Family-Owned Business of the Year is Rosenberger’s Market, Brookville, nominated by Annette Willhelm, Brookville/Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. The store’s fourth generation owners are Todd and Bernard Rosenberger and Larry Rosenberger Jr. The Franklin County market has been open for over 100 years. The Rosenbergers have been local community leaders by volunteering at the chamber, Brookville Main Street, fire department, EMS and animal shelter and coaching youth ball teams.
Women in Business Champion of the Year is Bebe Kinnett, owner of Absolute Web Designs, Lawrenceburg, nominated by Doris Gibbons. The Dearborn County businesswoman was selected for her outstanding commitment to promoting women in business and technology. The Bright Area Business Association president is a member of eWomen Network, EWN Leadership Team, EWN Speakers Bureau, Altrusa International, Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce, The Business Network and Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.
Small Business Exporter of the Year is Bed Techs Inc., Greendale, owned by Michael Wilson and Tim Brandis, nominated by Al Abdon, Greendale Redevelopment. Headquartered in Dearborn County, Bed Techs is a leading global supplier of certified, reconditioned hospital beds. The company exports to 20 countries currently and is growing international sales each year.
Small Business Person of the Year Billie Chisman owns On the Spot Catering, Columbus, nominated by Cindy Frey, Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce. The Bartholomew County native was an Indiana Guard Reserve sergeant from 2006-13, a national emergency response team member and, recently, Accredited National Women’s Business Owners Association member. To date, Chisman is the proprietor of five businesses, all located on Camp Atterbury, where she and her staff have served over 120,000 soldiers mobilizing to Iraq and Afghanistan. The news release notes, “She believes that the success and backbone of her operations are her staff and sees her position as one of job creation, mentoring and advancing her staff to higher levels in their personal, career and community roles.”
Young Entrepreneurs of the Year are Stephan DeLorenzo and Zach Ricketts, owners of Digital Dreams Inc., Madison, nominated by Trevor Crafton, Madison Chamber of Commerce. The Jefferson County residents were selected for developing their entrepreneurial dream as high school sophomores and working out of DeLorenzo’s dad’s garage to develop the initiative into a thriving business.
FranNet Franchisee of the Year is Laura Dugan of Great Clips in Floyd and Clark counties, nominated by Thom Crimans, FranNet of MidAmerica. The owner of five Great Clips in those counties started her first salon in 1998 on State Street. Her salons have now grown to employ over 40 stylists. The newest, LaFollette Station in Floyds Knobs, was ranked 12th out of over 3,300 for new customer returns.
Financial Services Champion of the Year is Adrian Brown, director of business development at First Harrison Bank in Floyd and Clark counties, nominated by Kelsey Brown, Indiana University Southeast. The Salem native was selected for his outstanding commitment to assisting entrepreneurs. The Salem High School Technical Advisory Committee president also serves on the City of Salem Revolving Loan Committee and Washington County Economic Growth Partnership and is a director of the Salem Redevelopment Commission. Brown is also a Southeast ISBDC Advisory Board volunteer member, Risk It: Indiana judge and Washington County Community Foundation secretary.
Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year is Eric Hedrick, CEO of HamHed LLC Property Maintenance, New Albany, nominated by Kevin Burke, First Harrison Bank. The disabled veteran actively hires local veterans to his team at HamHed and constantly promotes veteran business programs when working with other companies. Hedrick was selected for his work with the development of the Service Disabled Veterans Program in Indiana.
Minority Small Business Champion of the Year is Miguel Hampton, MSM, owner and CEO of F5 Enterprises doing business as Sancho Miguel’s Salsa Jeffersonville, nominated by Kim Martin-Dawkins and Matt Hall. Hampton was selected for his commitment assisting other minority businesses and involvement in the minority business community. He serves as a board member on Hispanic Latino Business Council, Greater Louisville Inc., 10th Street Business Association and One Southern Indiana. In 2013, Hampton was awarded the GLI Emerging Minority Business Award, 1SI Business Award Rising Star and 1SI Kevin Hammersmith Community Leader Award.
The event will include a number of other activities as well, including a valuable networking period with local businesspeople and leaders, followed by an insightful speaking engagement by Lisa Brooking, owner of True Colors Tanning, who will discuss her story and challenges of opening her own business and insights into the exciting side of entrepreneurship.
Logo sponsored tables are still available, as well as single seat reservations for $30. More information is available at www.leadsindiana.com or by calling Southeast ISBDC at 812-952-9765.