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March 12, 2014

1si announces business awards winners

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — One Southern Indiana announced the winners of its 26th annual business awards program at a Tuesday night banquet at Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyard’s Plantation Hall.

More than 500 attendees celebrated the success of these local and regional businesses, according to a 1si press release. Angie Fenton, entertainment correspondent for WHAS11’s “Great Day Live!” was the evening’s emcee and Bryan Wickens with MAC Construction & Excavating led the invocation.

The program recognized three finalists in six 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.

“We received a record number of applications this year,” said Wendy Dant Chesser, president and CEO of 1si in the release. “So many remarkable stories of success and innovation were conveyed in the submissions. We congratulate them all for the inspiration provided by their achievements.”

2014 winners are:


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

• Sounds Unlimited Productions

True Colors Tanning Business of the Year Award (more than 25 employees)

• Your Community Bank

L&D Mail Masters Rising Star Award (businesses up to 5 years old)

• Uptown Art

Kightlinger & Gray Sam Day Professional of the Year Award

• Dr. Rita Hudson Shourds, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

Duke Energy Kevin Hammersmith Community Leader of the Year Award

• Susie Stewart, Women’s Foundation of Southern Indiana

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

• Andrew Takami, Purdue University, College of Technology

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

• Catamaran Corp.

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. Visit for more information.

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