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3/14/2017 Member News
Finalists Announced for 1si ONE Awards – Online Voting Begins Wednesday

 Finalists Announced for 1si ONE Awards – Online Voting Begins Wednesday

NEW ALBANY, IND. (March 14, 2017) – One Southern Indiana (1si), the chamber of commerce and economic development organization for Clark and Floyd counties, announced today the finalists for the 2017 “ONE” Awards and invited members to vote for their favorite fellow member businesses. The ONE Award is scheduled for Thursday, April 6, 2017 from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. at Huber’s Orchard, Winery and Vineyard’s Plantation Hall in Borden, Ind., and honors winners in five categories.

The finalists were chosen by an independent panel of judges and selected based on criteria of business history, community involvement, response to adversity, newly-created opportunities and innovation in products or services. However, members of the community will have an opportunity to cast their vote for the business they think is most deserving by going online to the 1si Facebook page at: Online voting will end on Friday, March 17th at midnight and will count for twenty-five percent of the nominees’ final score. Winners will be announced at the event on April 6. Tickets for the event are on sale now.

This year’s finalists (in alphabetical order) are:

Business of the Year 51 or More Employees

  • First Harrison Bank
  • German American Bank
  • MCM CPAs & Advisors
  • Strothman & Company

Business of the Year 50 or Fewer Employees

  • The Exchange Pub + Kitchen
  • Heritage Engineering, LLC
  • Voluforms

Rising Star

  • The Orange Clover LLC
  • Q5 Division, LLC
  • Safety NET, LLC

Growing Healthy Lives

  • NIBCO, Inc.
  • Park Community Credit Union
  • The University of Louisville

Diversity Champion

  • Indiana University Southeast
  • InGrid Designs
  • Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana-Sellersburg

“All of our finalists are of the highest caliber, and the scoring by the judges is very tight. Selecting the best in each category will depend on our members’ input through online voting, which could determine the winner in several categories,” said Wendy Dant Chesser, president and CEO of 1si. “Our goal is to provide an event in which the membership participates and has a stake. Online voting creates a social media buzz around the event.”

At the event, attendees will enjoy networking, hors d’oeuvres, buffet style dinner and a full production awards program. Over 400 guests are expected to attend and the event is open to the public. Winners from past years are highly encouraged to attend and will be given special recognition in the program. Individual reservations for 1si members are $60 each, tables of eight are available for $440, and guests are $85 each. Reservations may be made by visiting or by calling (812) 945-0266.

Sponsors for the 2017 ONE Awards are:
Axiom Financial Strategies Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC; Baptist Health; Brown-Forman Corporation; Commerce Bank; German American Bank; Park Community Credit Union and Stites & Harbison, PLLC

Assured Partners NL; Lloyd’s Florist, Inc.; Mountjoy Chilton Medley and Q5 Division, LLC

Centra Credit Union; LL & A Interior Design; Nu-Yale Cleaners; PNC Bank and WesBanco Bank, Inc.

Cocktail Reception
Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyard

About One Southern Indiana:
One Southern Indiana (1si) was formed in July of 2006 from the Economic Development organization serving Clark and Floyd counties and the Chamber of Commerce. 1si’s mission is to provide the connections, resources and services that help businesses innovate and thrive in the Southern Indiana / Louisville metro area.
Since its inception, the organization has evolved to include a three-prong approach to serve its members and investors. Business Resources, as the chamber side of the organization, encompasses membership, signature events and programs which support and encourage business growth; Economic Development works to grow the regional economy through the attraction of new commerce and assists with retention and expansion of existing businesses; Advocacy supports businesses at the government level by engaging in the initiatives to preserve, protect and promote a business friendly environment free of obstacles to growth and development of commerce. More information on One Southern Indiana is available at:  

Media Contacts:
One Southern Indiana — Suzanne Ruark, (812) 945-0266,