News and Tribune

Clark County

June 21, 2013

A host of local business leaders receive awards

JEFFERSONVILLE —

Southern Indiana was the focus for small business Thursday as three locals were honored for their contributions to the state and Midwest.

As part of Small Business week, the U.S. Small Business Administration recognizes those local businesses that have made a difference in their community. For the first time in the group’s history, two multistate winners and another local company were honored.

“You guys really know what you’re doing down here for small business,” said Gail Gesell, Indiana district director for the U.S. Small Business Administration. 

She added that the awards, which have been handed out since 1963, are designed to honor the contributions of, and advocates for, small business.

Those who received awards at a luncheon Thursday were: Schimpff’s Confectionery, honored as the 2013 SBA Indiana and Region Five family-owned business of the year; Le Anne Kruer Scott, senior vice president of Your Community Bank in Jeffersonville, who received the 2013 SBA Indiana and Region Five financial services champion award; and Kimberly Martin-Dawkins, vice president of PNC Bank in New Albany, who was recognized as the 2013 SBA Indiana Women in Business Champion.

Also honored was Jack Thompson, president of Building Associates Inc., as the prime contractor of the year for Indiana and Region Five.

New Albany Mayor Jeff Gahan pointed to the importance small businesses have had in his city.

“Small, unique businesses have driven the economic revitalization of downtown New Albany,” he said.

And for Southern Indiana residents, presenters didn’t have to offer a name for one business that has long been a fixture in the community, but instead broke out a pack of candy red-hots.

Gesell, when introducing Schimpff’s owners Jill and Warren Schimpff, provided some recent statistics about the confectionery that has been in the same location along Spring Street since 1891. Among those: from 2011 to 2012, revenue increased 21 percent for the company. In addition, web and mail orders for the business only comprised 5 to 7 percent of its revenue, she said.

Text Only | Photo Reprints

LOCAL MAGAZINES
Easter 2014 photos


Click on any photo to purchase it.

LOCAL STATISTICS
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel Clinton: "AIDS-Free Generation Within Our Reach" Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence NYPD Chief Calls for 'use of Force' Retraining VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress Bush: Don't Worry, Sugarland Isn't Breaking Up US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era Raw: First Lady Says `Drink Up' More Water Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights Obama Signs Workforce Training Law Crash Victims' Remains Reach Ukraine-held City
2013 Photos of the year


Take a look at our most memorable photos from 2013.