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Area Businesses Recognized at Annual Small Business Awards

FINDLAY, Ohio, Oct. 21, 2016— The Findlay•Hancock County area is proud of its Small Businesses and those that lead them. In recognition of these courageous and inspiring individuals and their companies, the Findlay•Hancock County Chamber of Commerce was honored to present the 2016 Small Business Awards at the 53rd Annual Small Business Awards luncheon on October 20, 2016 at Winebrenner Auditorium on the campus of the University of Findlay. Under the direction of Dionne Neubauer, Director of the Findlay•Hancock County Chamber of Commerce, over 200 business professionals were in attendance. Chris Oaks, of WFIN, served as the event emcee.

The following is a list of both small business and community awards that were distributed:

Featured Awards

Small Business of the Year

Presented to: Garlock Brothers Construction

Sponsored by: First Federal Bank

Small Business Person of the Year

Presented to: Michael Gardner (posthumously)

Sponsored by: University of Findlay

Family Owned Small Business Champion of the Year

Presented to: Gibson Concrete Construction Inc.

Sponsored by: CompManagement Inc. (CMI) & CompManagement Health Systems (CHS)

Professional of the Year

Presented to: Elizabeth Wilkins, 50 North

Sponsored by: Commercial Savings Bank

Diversity Small Business Champion of the Year

Presented to: Z Pulse

Sponsored by: Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Agriculture Enterprise Champion of the Year

Presented to: D&H Meats

Sponsored by: Citizens National Bank

Go Local Small Business Champion of the Year

Presented to: Char Simons, RE/MAX Realty

Sponsored by: First National Bank

Nonprofit Leader of the Year

Presented to: Brent Finlay, Findlay Family YMCA

Sponsored by: United Way of Hancock County

Downtown Champion of the Year

Presented to: Coffee Amici

Sponsored by: Fifth Third Bank

Women in Business Champion of the Year

Presented to: Lisa Allen, The Baker’s Cafe

Sponsored by: WFIN-WKXA-106.3 The Fox Radio

Small Business Manufacturing Excellence

Presented to: Valfilm 

Sponsored by: The Companies of Tall Timbers Industrial Park

Emerging Business of the Year

Presented to: The Bourbon Affair

Sponsored by: State Bank


Presented to: Jennifer Traxler, Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Sponsored by: Huntington Bank


Special Presentations

Dennis Russell “Our Spirit Shows” Award

Presented to: Hancock Historical Museum

Sponsored by: Hancock County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Distinguished Leadership Award

Presented to: Carol Dale-Joseph

Sponsored by: Hancock Leadership Alumni Association

Community Partner Award

Presented to: The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation

Sponsored by: United Way of Hancock County

S.T.A.R. Awards

Presented to: Hearthside Foods and Pilgrim Family Restaurant

Sponsored by: Blanchard Valley Industries, Your Hancock County Board of Developmental Disabilities


Special thanks to The Bistro on Main, Jyoakam Communications, LaRiche Chevrolet/Cadillac, Sink’s Flower Shop and Kan Du Studio for their support of the event. For more information about this, or any other Chamber of Commerce programs, call 419-422-3313 or visit FindlayHancockChamber.com.


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