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.