2021 Lebanon Annual Chamber Awards Dinner
Join Us for our 2021 Lebanon Annual Chamber Awards Dinner
Thursday, September 30, 2021
Warren County Event Center
The Lebanon Annual Chamber Awards Dinner is the premier annual celebration event for the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce, our Chamber members and the Lebanon Community. The 2021 Awards Dinner will be held at the Warren County Event Center.
Join us for an exciting and memorable evening to celebrate & recognize our Chamber Members on Thursday, September 30th beginning at 6:00pm. This black-tie optional strolling dinner affair will celebrate the many accomplishments of 2021 and sets the caliber for a successful 2022. We can't wait to see you there!
Thursday, September 30, 2021
5:30pm - Registration
6:00pm - Strolling Dinner & Cocktail Hour
7:00pm - Program Begins
Reserve Your Seat Now!
Click HERE to Make Your Reservations (Deadline to register is Friday, Sept. 24th)
Individual Seat: $65
Full Table (Seats 10): $450
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Congratulations to our 2021 LACAS Award Winners
Community Service Award
A Brush of Hope
Business of the Year Award
Barkers Barbershop for dogs
Industrial Business of the Year Award
Restoration Parts Unlimited, Inc.
Young Professional Award
Ambassador of the Year Award
Spirit of Lebanon Award
Small Business of the Year Award
Glad Rags Boutique
Friends of Education Award
Whit’s Frozen Custard
The Golden Turtle Chocolate Factory
New Business of the Year Award
Innovator of the Year Award
Hidden Valley Orchards
The William Harmon Award
Mayor Amy Brewer
Congratulations to our 2021 Lebanon Annual Chamber Awards Finalists
Deadline to submit your vote is Friday, Sept. 10th!
2021 Business of the Year Finalists:
Barker's Barbershop for Dogs: Hannah and her team at Barkers provide an exceptional dog grooming service focusing on express appointments and all natural/holistic products. Barkers not only attracts a more canine friendly environment to Lebanon, but they also encourage their clients to shop and dine at local stores and restaurants. Barkers also plans to take on dog-friendly events such as the Pooch Parade in 2021 and many more in 2022. Hannah plans to open another shop (or five) in the years to come, but takes pride in knowing that Lebanon will always be the home to her business! Hannah has changed the game for dog grooming. Focusing on the overall brand experience, she has implemented new software innovations, an express transparent grooming concept, all natural products, and wellness evaluations to ensure that all customers and their dogs feel safe, welcome, and at home. She is one of only a few shops in greater Cincinnati that is AKC S.A.F.E. certified. AND she opened in downtown Lebanon during a nationwide pandemic... this displays her courage and fortitude to see her vision become a reality so that all her dogs can experience the best-of-the-best dog grooming services.
Pickard Enterprises (South Lebanon McDonald’s): Pickard Enterprises is one of the first minority businesses to open a business in South Lebanon. Mr Pickard owns several McDonald’s stores in the area. He has a passion for small businesses and improving the local community building a better neighborhood.
GMi Companies: Like so many companies, GMi’s sales dropped by 50% in mid-March 2020, as shutdowns and restrictive work rules were rolled out across the nation. After quickly identifying their justifications as an “essential business” - so that they could keep 150-member team working every day. As a local manufacturer with a domestic supply chain and having recently built up their Product Development capabilities, they knew that they could create new products that would appeal in a Covid-world. They placed a stipulation that any new products must be made from existing raw materials and/or standard items that could be readily purchased “off the shelf” and with no minimum quantities. Controlling their spending was critical, but they made the calculated decision to buy large quantities of acrylic sheets. Between their two facilities, they can cut/shape acrylic and thought they could incorporate it into personal protective equipment (PPE) for others, but this was a very big bet to wager so they needed it to work. Within 48 hours of setting that expectation on innovations, they had the first two potential items prototyped and priced; when customers immediately started asking for options, quotes, and delivery times, they did the rest of the engineering, production readiness, and marketing required. They were accomplishing in a couple of weeks what typically took a few months. And it went just like that – week after week, product after product – listening to customers’ dilemmas, dreaming up solutions, and building prototypes with limited material set. In all, 13 new product families (with hundreds of options) were created, sold, and manufactured – totaling more than $11 million in 2020 revenue alone. Each shipped item is helping others across the country return to work with an added margin of safety from spreading the virus. They added 40 employees over the summer and had to train every person in the company on the new products and how to quote, sell and build them; similarly, they had to remotely teach sales reps all the aspects of these new products so they would know how to promote them in the field. Throughout this entire time, they never closed the doors or had a reduction in force. They are now nearing completion of their building expansion (36,000 sq.ft.) that will house production equipment and materials necessary to continue making many of these new products. Most importantly, they have come to appreciate how flexibility and collaboration, combined with ingenuity and a propensity toward action can turn the bleakest of situations into a positive – for their customers, their employees, their community, and their company. They are proud to have such a positive story to tell and feel emboldened about their collective future as a manufacturer here in Lebanon.
2021 Community Service Award Finalists:
Countryside YMCA: As a nonprofit organization, our role is to identify needs in the community that we are uniquely suited to meet. Even during the pandemic, we had unprecedented ways to serve the greater Lebanon community: we provided childcare for about 90 first responders children, we worked with Joshua’s Place to pack and give meals for families, a phone-a-thon was implemented to make hundreds of individual calls to our senior members to check on their well-being, virtual classes served as way to relieve stress within the safety of ones’ own home. Year round we offer financial assistance for membership for those who qualify, give free swim lessons to Lebanon 4th graders and children in our childcare, offer community arthritis water-fit classes, LiveStrong programming for persons fighting/survivors of cancer, Blessed Respite evenings for those families with special needs children/foster children/kinship caregivers...to name a few of our programs that touch lives each day. We are grateful that many individuals and Lebanon businesses help financially support our outreach programs. Our mission is to improve others’ spirit, mind, and bodies. We intend to help our community stay connected, cared for, and hopeful in their lives. Countryside YMCA is actively engaged in youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. This mantra is our mission work...it is the foundation of all we do.
Rotary Club of Lebanon Ohio: The Rotary Club of Lebanon Ohio is a fantastic service organization that serves our community. The Rotary club gave the most scholarships to graduating seniors at Lebanon High School in 2020. The Rotary Club also sponsors free concerts in the park all summer long to bring business to downtown Lebanon business owners and provide a free and fun outdoor activity for residents of all ages. They co-host the Lebanon Country Music Festival and the annual Pancake Breakfast. The Rotary club also supported school supplies drives, food for students during the COVID-19 school shut down, Christmas Baskets for less fortunate children in our community and many more charitable endeavors.
A Brush of Hope: A Brush of Hope is a 501 (c) (3) organization, formed in 2013. Its mission is to encourage children to make positive changes in their lives through their art and creativity. A Brush of Hope is dedicated to creating a support system, through the venue of art for girls and boys. Some of the children struggle with social, environmental, or mental health situations, while others are looking for a place to explore creativity and connectivity with peers in a safe and nurturing environment. A Brush of Hope supports children ages K-12. Their art programs assist children in implementing coping mechanisms, building confidence, raising self-esteem, teaching leadership skills, and learning conflict resolution. A Brush of Hope partners with several local agencies, schools, and community organizations to enhance the lives of our at-risk youth in Warren, Butler, and Montgomery County. Currently, 1,971 children each year use consumable products within their various groups. This includes their summer camps, Girl Scout badges, one on one services, specialty classes, after school enrichment, as well as programs that occur during the school year in their Lebanon studio. Most of the children participating in the programs are living right at or below the poverty level. A Brush of Hope makes their programs available to all children who would like to participate, regardless of their socio-economical background. All children receive art packs with their own supplies so the coping techniques taught to them at A Brush of Hope can travel with them and be practiced anywhere. All females in the 4th grade and older receive back packs with essential personal hygiene products as well as taught how to use the products appropriately. In 2020 A Brush of Hope found creative and effective ways to continue serving the children in Warren County who rely on their services. Summer art camps were held virtually, with all supplies still being provided to the children. A Brush of Hope worked closely with local schools and partnering agencies to follow appropriate protocols and training requirements to gain access and assist in helping children work through unique, difficult, and sensitive situations exacerbated by the pandemic. A Brush of Hope has been awarded grants from; General Electric, the Johnson Charitable Gift Fund, Paycor, the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and Premier Health Atrium Medical Center. In addition, A Brush of Hope has received the Distinguished Organization for Art Education Award. A Brush of Hope demonstrates excellence, creativity, and initiative in contributing to the quality of life in Lebanon and Warren County.
2021 Friends of Education Award Finalists:
Whit’s Frozen Custard: Whit’s Frozen Custard for many years continues to make contributions and support to our Lebanon City Schools. They provide sponsorship in the local Town Money Saver every month to support the school news that is printed in the mailer. They provide discounts to our business whenever we sponsor ice cream for school events. Their owner sits on the Lebanon City School Board and is an enthusiastic supporter of our schools. Mike and Amy have also been very instrumental in reviving the student "War Zone" at Lebanon High School sporting events. They are always highlighting the school activities on their social media and they employ so many of our local students. Whit's is a great support to our schools and community.
Lebanon Boosters: Liza Johnson & Mindi Gliatti: The Lebanon Boosters play a huge part in raising money and supporting our Lebanon City Schools. In the last few years, the Lebanon Boosters have made tremendous strides in helping our sports organization thrive. These two women took on a huge leadership role to make it all happen. Liza Johnson devotes countless hours and time to the betterment of our schools through supporting the athletic boosters. Her enthusiasm is immeasurable. Through her efforts, our community is a better place to live, work, and play. Mindi Gliatti is a full time professional, wife, and mom of 2 in Lebanon Schools. Last year she joined the Lebanon Boosters, formed a committee, and began marketing sports apparel to Lebanon with 100% of the proceeds going back to Lebanon Athletics. Mindi handled sourcing suppliers, choosing items, pricing, and coordinating with tons of people including the athletic director, and many parents and coaches. Mindi and her team took the effort 1 step farther and opened a shop at Market 640 which has been very successful. If you've seen one of the nearly 500 personalized jerseys around town-Mindi led the creation of those to Warrior Nation. She's given hundreds of hours, which has resulted in thousands of dollars going directly back into our sports teams.
Girdwood Orthodontics: Girdwood has stepped up to sponsor any sports team, fundraising event, student activity or group not only in 2020 but they have been doing this for years! They even donated water bottles to each student at Bowman Primary this fall when the pandemic hit and students were not allowed to use the water fountains. They are very active within our schools, community and chamber and are a pleasure to work with. I see Girdwood EVERY WHERE, I am thankful for their strong support in LCS.
2021 Innovator of the Year:
Todd Eshenbaugh, Watermark Homes: Todd Eshenbaugh is one of the most invisionary leaders, and he is one that dedicates his time to all. He has put together a business model and developed Watermark Homes, that has added beauty and the growth of new homes to Lebanon. Bringing in new residents to reside and add economic growth to Lebanon. His business practices and integrity are bar none. I proudly nominate Todd Eshenbaugh for his outstanding commitment to Lebanon.
Cashmere Bath Company: Cashmere Bath innovated during this pandemic by shifting their business model to include hand sanitizer and other covid essentials for the community of Lebanon. This required quick turnaround on permitting and licensing through the FDA and TTB. This allowed them to provide County Health Departments and several local businesses with sanitizer essentials. They provided sanitizer stations to local events to allow them to continue during the restrictions. They also hand delivered sanitizer and other essentials to individuals that couldn't leave their homes. By pivoting their business model, they were able to keep their employees on staff and help their retail business doors open to serve the community needs.
Hidden Valley Orchards: HVO offered (and continues to do so) a place of gathering and respite for folks in an organic, welcoming and altruistic format. It is so many different things and celebrated in many unique ways but children through adults and often our furry friends. During COVID they created an outdoor entertainment area, and allowed people to bring their own chairs and spread out all over the farm, allowing people to feel comfortable and still enjoy a wonderful evening/day with entertainment, food and a wonderful atmosphere. The owners of HVO quietly support civic, educational and sports organizations through donation of time, resources, facilities, and products. They don’t declare all they do for the betterment of the community as it is part of their mission and meant as part of the servitude and scope of their everyday business contribution to their surrounding communities. Hidden Valley Orchards owners and team truly love what they do and strive to provide the most enjoyable, authentic small business experience in what has been a challenging retail scope the past year or more. They are always thinking of how their guests would benefit from and enjoy their time as they know folks have chosen to visit them with little time and sometimes marginal resources.
2021 New Business of the Year Award Finalists:
Bin Boss: During the pandemic when the shutdown occurred, Tom and Tammi Battaglia, who own our local gym, Fitness 4U, experienced the closure of their business. They switched to doing personal training online, but also bought a franchise of the business called the Bin Boss! It is such an innovative business where they come out weekly or monthly with their special cleaning truck and clean your trash bins! It is such a great new business, serves a need that has not been served before and is such an asset to our community. They also do it with great positivity and humor! They deserve an award for this exciting and innovative new business!
ORCA Coworking: The Lebanon branch of ORCA Coworking just opened in April and has grown immensely since. It is hard to miss ORCA when you drive or walk through downtown Lebanon. We are so pleased that they planted this location in the heart of the Lebanon community, and we are so excited for their future here. They have already seen so much interest and growth that they bought additional buildings for private offices.
Cartridge Brewing: Built on the banks of the Little Miami River, Cartridge Brewing is a veteran-owned business focused on celebrating the traditional craft of brewing. They opened their doors the end of October, when most businesses were not even open for business. They endured the setbacks of the renovation..yet they never gave up! Their mission is to help restore the Peters Cartridge Factory to its former glory as a gathering place for surrounding communities for the next 100+ years. Cartridge is proud to serve a selection of old-world beers alongside easy-drinking specialty styles – all brewed on-site in their 15 bbl brewhouse.
2021 Small Business of the Year Award Finalists:
Barker's Barber Shop for Dogs: Barkers Barbershop for Dogs is on their 2nd year of doing business in our town of Lebanon. They've not only created a dog friendly barbershop but implemented innovative processes that guarantee customer satisfaction. They have successfully accomplished this through the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and have continued to grow adding a full staff and thousands of clients and their dogs achieving the highest remarks from their customers on Facebook, Google and other social media platforms. This business is a great "new" addition to the city of Lebanon attracting visitors from all directions to our downtown. Their clients are encouraged to shop and dine at other local establishments. Hannah has changed the game for dog grooming. Focusing on the overall brand experience, she has implemented new software innovations, an express transparent grooming concept, all natural products, and wellness evaluations to ensure that all customers and their dogs feel safe, welcome, and at home. She is one of only a few shops in greater Cincinnati that is AKC S.A.F.E. certified. AND she opened in downtown Lebanon during a nationwide pandemic... this displays her courage and fortitude to see her vision become a reality so that all her dogs can experience the best-of-the-best dog grooming services.
Maggard Memorials & Laser Art Technology: They are a local small business, family owned and operated. They have been your local and trusted Monument Company serving the community for over 40 years now. They take pride and passion for serving and creating one-of-a-kind memorials. They take great love in creating memorials to tell a story and let the lives of our loved ones be celebrated. Amanda and her team work diligently to serve her community in the most commemorative possible. As a wholesaler in the granite industry, I have to argue Amanda and her team are one of if not the most passionate companies to work with in terms of doing what is right/best for the family by any means possible. She has taken on community projects and provided consultative service ensuring that families are part of the Maggard family in a low point of their lives. Nothing is harder than trying to find ways to commemorate a loved and their memories while trying to fit unmeasurable memories on a finite granite headstone/marker. Many businesses are very transactional although Amanda and her staff take their time to make sure the family is hands on in the process treating the loved one that has passed as her own. There are many pivotal industries although hands down no one has a harder job with higher expectations than families that arrive at her doorstep; for the hard work she has put in and the smiles to grieving families she has Maggard has placed, there is no one more deserving!
Glad Rags Boutique: Glad Rags Boutique not only provides beautiful clothing and accessories to our community, but also goes out of their way to support our other local businesses and our schools. Last year when Lebanon City Schools was getting ready to re-open, Lauren found face shields that could be purchased by other local businesses and donated to the schools for the teachers. She was so forward thinking in trying to do what she could to see that our local kids and teachers could have a safe start back to school. You can always find Lauren and her mom, Vickie, frequenting local businesses and events and posting positive shout-outs on their social media. Her business provides very good quality clothing at great prices and is such an asset to Lebanon. This year has been hard on all business especially the small business. Lauren worked hard to stay on top and help her customers when they couldn’t shop with free shipping. She is always donating for raffles for schools and sports. She buys local to support her neighbors and businesses. Lauren supports downtown in all their events and is proud to be from Lebanon and still lives here with her family.
2021 Spirit of Lebanon Award Finalists:
Karie Lacy: Karie Lacy unselfishly reflects the kindness, passion, and determination that the community of Lebanon has in the past and will continue to exhibit. Karie works tirelessly to find current and future Lebanon residents the home, employment, and small business opportunities through her passion of real-estate. As a Lebanon native, her roots are deep within the Lebanon community, and she uses her passion for real-estate as an opportunity to leverage her own resources to give back to the community and truly exhibit "The Spirit of Lebanon". She has dedicated herself throughout the past year as "The" Lebanon Realtor. Promoting local businesses and creating partnerships has been top of her list. She holds meetings, coffee, lunch and dinner meetings throughout Lebanon. Recently, she was contacted by the Historical Society to host her closings at Harmon Museum which she loved because it not only provides exposure to my clients, but it showcases how vibrant and welcoming Lebanon truly is! Karie is an amazing person and businesswomen who gives back to her clients and community. She never settles for less and always makes sure her name and business is something to be proud of. Her continued support of this community and love for people is more than enough for her to receive this award!!
Renee Forrester: Renee Forrester takes great pride in the fact that she is a member of a family that has lived in Lebanon, Ohio for 11 generations. She loves this community and has generously given back to it in many ways. Early in 2018, she became aware that there were children in Lebanon City Schools who were not getting a hot lunch at school each day. As she admits, one of her main joys in life is to feed people, so the fact that a sizable number of children in her community were missing a hot lunch at school because they didn't qualify for the free and reduced program and/or because of family difficulties weighed on her mind. Her belief that all children deserve good nutrition to help with their academic studies, their physical activities, and their overall good health spurred her to create the Martin Luther King "Lunch on Us" program. Through her efforts of sharing her concern, making others aware, working closely with the school board and superintendent, fund raising, and applying for and receiving local grants, student debt was eliminated. The program was put on hold in March, 2020 because of the Covid pandemic and subsequent quarantining. The state of Ohio began covering lunch costs for all students. However, by May, 2021, there was again significant student debt causing some high school students to not be able to receive their diplomas. Under Renee's leadership, MLK Coalition of Lebanon teamed with the Lebanon Food pantry to eliminate once again all student debt, allowing all students to receive their diplomas of high school graduation. In all, over $28,000 has been raised for this endeavor and donated to Lebanon City Schools. In addition, she has given her time and talent over the years by donating handmade baby blankets and by adopting at-risk high school students during Christmas, providing hand-made gifts and love to them. She made and donated over 400 masks to friends, family, businesses, and strangers to help keep them safe during the pandemic. Renee's stated mottos is..."if you have something you love to do with your hands and mind, you will always have something productive to do. You can help others and that to me is success." Renee retired in September, 2019 after 31 years of service at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. She is an active member of the MLK Community Coalition of Lebanon, of Bethel AME church, and is an advocate to the City of Lebanon to support the black community, speaking out for equality and fairness for all citizens. In January, 2021, she was awarded the Drum Major Award for Adult Community Leader at the MLK Community Coalition of Lebanon's annual celebration of the life and memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She is a leader in planning for Diversity and Equity training for all city employees including the Lebanon Police Department. The first of these trainings was conducted in July, 2021.What shines from Renee is her steadfast faith, her love of family, the influence and support of very strong women in her life, her pride in her two children and grandchildren, and her selflessness in reaching out to help others. In Renee one finds a big, warm heart, a generous spirit, a ready smile, and a lovely friend to all. She is a role model for goodness, decency, and integrity, doing for others in so many ways.It is my distinct honor to nominate Renee Forrester for "The Spirit of Lebanon Award" because she lives a life that is the epitome of what this award represents.
Marty Hubbell: Marty Hubbell gives of his time, services and professionalism daily for the Lebanon Community. Last year, Marty served as Vice President of the Warren County Community Services Inc while we were going through a very difficult time. Marty put in hundreds of legal hours to save the non-profit money, and put us on firmer legal grounds. The result was the organization saved hundreds of thousands of dollars not only in this situation, but he also handled the legal side of WCCS's purchase of a building in Lebanon - giving WCCS their first home since the 1980 inception of the organization. No one is aware of all of the work he did and does on behalf of the organization. He did this despite planning a wedding, renovating one of Lebanon's four historic mansions on Columbus Avenue near Glendower "The Gothic," handling magistrate duties for the City of Lebanon, and oh yes, taking care of his clients at Diehl & Hubbell.
Thank you to our 2021 Sponsors!
Event Sponsor: Miami Valley Gaming
Cocktail Sponsor: Schueler Group
Print Sponsor: 1st National Bank
Table Sponsor: Embassy of Lebanon Healthcare
Award Sponsor: GMi Companies
Supporting Sponsors: Town Money Saver, Traditions of Lebanon, Golden Lamb, The BrickHouse on Broadway Personalized Gift Shop, Greenhouse Cafe, BT Graphics, Broadway Family Medicine Inc., Cartridge Brewing, Girdwood Orthodontics, Countryside YMCA, Black Dog Financial LLC, Sharefax Credit Union, 22three Inc., Hidden Valley Orchards, The Home Depot, Lauren James Aesthetics, Warren County Agriculutral Society
2020 Lebanon Annual Chamber Awards - Virtual Event Announcement
IMPORTANT: Due to extra precautions taken by our Government, our LACAS Awards Announcements will be Virtual this year!
The Lebanon Annual Chamber Awards (LACAS) recognizes the best of the best when it comes to businesses and individuals in the Lebanon and Warren County area. They make a significant impact, drive economic growth and help make this region a better place to work, live and do business. Winners exemplify excellence through proven growth or stability, innovation, creativity, community leadership and achievements.
Although the delivery of the LACAS Event will be a little different than past years, the message is the same, extraordinary professionals deserve to be celebrated!
Take a moment of your time, and nominate that business or individual that deserves to be recognized for all they do to make our community the BEST around!
The 2020 LACAS Virtual Awards Announcements will be streamed on our Chamber Website Page & Chamber Social Media Pages beginning Monday, October 12, 2020.
Important Dates to Remember:
· Tuesday, September 15, 2020 – last day to submit nominations.
Award applicants are narrowed down to three finalists in each category.
· Monday, September 21, 2020 - Voting polls will open to cast your vote on one of the finalists in each category
· Monday, September 28, 2020 - Voting polls will CLOSE
Congratulations to our 2020 Industry of the Year Award Winner
Congratulations to our 2020 Business of the Year Award Winner
Congratulations to our 2020 Small Business Award Winner
Congratulations to our 2020 New Business of the Year Award Winner
Congratulations to our 2020 President's Award Winner
Congratulations to our
2020 Innovator of the Year Award Winner
Congratulations to our 2020 Spirit of Lebanon Award Winner
Congratulations to our 2020 Friends of Education Award Winner
Congratulations to our 2020 Community Service Award Winner
Congratulations to our 2020 Young Professional Award Winner
Congratulations to our 2020 Ambassador of the Year Award Winner
to Vote for Our
2020 Lebanon Annual Chamber Award Winners
Voting will close on Monday, Sept. 28th!
Congratulations to our 2020 Lebanon Annual Chamber Award Finalists
Business of the Year Award Finalist:
Hearing By Design: Hearing by Design has been in business for over 15 years. Brooke Buxton (owner) strives to offer the best hearing instruments available plus an exceptional patient experience. She know how important hearing is. She is alway here to help people, to ease frustrations and increase joy. Hearing by Design and Brooke regularly attends continuing education seminars and keeps up on the latest diagnostic techniques and technologies available in hearing aids to assist the patient. The Hearing by Design and Brooke work hand in hand with a foundation every year call Starkey Hearing Foundation. Giving back to the Foundation provides complimentary hearing care to people, empowering them to achieve their full potential. At Hearing by Design Brooke works with each individual to better understand his or her hearing difficulty. She is knowledgeable, honest and friendly. When you come into the office, she wants you to feel comfortable and know that she cares about the impact of hearing loss on you and your family. Hearing by Design and Brooke Buxton are an outstanding company and individual to work for and to be around.
Optimized Senior Living: A new, growing family owned and operated business, OSL continues to grow through challenging times providing a unique lifestyle and care opportunity for our aging population in Lebanon. They’re currently working on doubling their operations in physical foot-print, care capacity and employment providing a range of different jobs opportunities to our community. Lindsay McLaughlin, CEO, is active in the Chamber and an advocate for the community and business growth here in Lebanon.
SiteWORX Total Site Development: SiteWORX has the motto of "Purpose.Value.Integrity" all of which you can see on a daily basis through their quality, communication and customer experience. Everywhere you drive in Lebanon, you will more than likely see a "SiteWORX" sign as the construction begins on a new business or development. SiteWORX has helped lay the foundation for many successful businesses to help the economic growth in and around Lebanon. Matt also strives to make sure that his employees feel valued each and every day. One of his main goals is to help everyone feel like part of a family..a SiteWORX's family. Positive Culture is something that you will see shining brightly throughout this company. It is very important to Matt that everyone feels like they are involved and a part of this company. They strive to bring families together through a variety of community involvement activities. Even through this crazy 2020 year, Matt has continued to support many of our local events through his involvement and sponsorship. Not only has Matt Smith played a large role in driving local business and economic growth within our community through his business, but he has also played a large role in displaying best business practices and community involvement to his employees and this community. They are truly the fabric of this community.
Small Business of the Year Finalist:
Town Money Savers: Fae and Jerry of Town Money Saver have an incredible passion for helping businesses grow in Lebanon. They take the time to listen to their customers needs but furthermore they care about the overall community. They are active in the Chamber, civic organizations and you can find them
on any given day supporting one of Lebanon’s many small businesses. In the wake of COVID, they got creative and went out on interviews with our local businesses which they posted and promoted on social media so our local business community could share with the public how they are doing through this challenging time. Fae and Jerry are a gem of our community!
Mulberry St. Books: This business embodies community, innovation, and inclusion. Our town is a brighter, more welcoming place for it's presence. Angela Kovacich thinks outside of the box to reach a variety of community members. She strives to bring joy to everyone's face. Angela is always willing to help other businesses by offering her upstairs event room anytime the need may present itself. She is a true asset to our downtown business district.
Market640: Two sisters, Kim & Shelley, owners of Market640 display a humble and generous spirit, that reflects consistently from their business model (working with 40+ small vendors to allow for win/win profitability); to the way they treat their employees; to their civic volunteering (sitting on many boards, opening their business for fundraisers, meetings, and much more). Kim and Shelly's philanthropic support is evident. They regularly donate their time, space and money to support others. In addition, their business decisions not only benefit their business, but benefit their employees as well. They are known for treating their employees like family. One thing always sticks out clearly in my mind regarding Kim and Shelly is their commitment to the betterment of everyone around them.
New Business of the Year Finalist:
Mr. Jeff’s Musical Gizmos: Jeff has a strong passion for music and has the ability to share this passion. As a new business owner, he recognizes the positive benefit with networking with surrounding businesses. His music store will thrive in beautiful downtown Lebanon. "Mr. Jeff " has stimulated interest in music in many kids in our neighborhood by making it FUN. He has responded to our needs for instrument purchases and repairs as well. He is innovative, responsive, accomplished and will surely add to both the atmosphere and economy of the Lebanon area. Mr. Jeff's Musical Gizmos has brought a fun new business to downtown that is great for everyone. As customers our children love Mr. Jeff and the music lessons that they have started. He has the ability to play every instrument we have seen, but beyond that he has a teacher's heart and is able to adapt from child to child and bring a love of music to them as well. As downtown residents the entire area has benefited from the addition. There are now instruments along Mulberry there is music on the street. There is a community feel that everyone in Lebanon will benefit from. We look forward to Mr. Jeff being a long time part of the downtown Lebanon community. I love how Jeff has brought music to downtown. Watching Jeff and his students is such a pleasure. Jeff had brought life, creativity, and inspiration to our downtown. He has formed deep relationships with customers and business owners, as well as bringing new customers to downtown. He has collaborated with other businesses, supported them, and championed them as well.
Barkers Barbershop for Dogs: Hannah, has changed the game for dog grooming. Focusing on the overall brand experience, she has implemented new software innovations, an express transparent grooming concept, all natural products, and wellness evaluations to ensure that all customers and their dogs feel safe, welcome, and at home. She is one of only a few shops in greater Cincinnati that is AKC S.A.F.E. certified. AND she opened in downtown Lebanon during a nationwide pandemic... this displays her courage and fortitude to see her vision become a reality so that all her dogs can experience the best-of-the-best dog grooming services.
Your CBD Store: Tracy and Monty Hughes opened their doors with the hope to bring education in to the Lebanon community on alternative ways to manage pain and anxiety. They care about
their customers and are active in the chamber and community. They are involved in community service and civic organizations. They treat every customer that walks in the door with care and
respect and are passionate about serving the Lebanon
Community Service Award Finalist:
Mike Stater (Warren County Small Business Development Center): this year has been record-setting for the Warren Co. SBDC, helping businesses survive through covid. This year, they have have surpassed 2019 totals and 2020 Grant goals, bringing to the Lebanon area a capital infusion of almost $9 million (Ohio Center average is $5.2mm) This is the most of the four southwest Ohio Centers.
2020 Return on Investment of 32 County Alliance Stakeholders @ $253 Economic Impact for each $1 invested in SBDC operations.
74 Clients seen from 45036 are the MOST in Warren Co and is over 16% of the work they do. Mike has been a 3-year volunteer for Main Street Lebanon, serving on our Economic Vitality and Design committee. Director Stater earned 2018 Ohio SBDC State Star as the best in the network!
Center earned SBA Ohio Excellence and Innovation award in 2019- the Best in the state! 2020 Center Production in Top 20% of all Ohio (28) Centers.
Aaron Reid (United Way of Warren County/Warren County Community Services): He not only heads United Way of Warren County, Aaron recently took on the top spot at Warren County Community Services. He continues to innovate the way services are provided to the Warren County community. Aaron continues to collaborate with many in the community, adding value and expertise to each relationship and project. His involvement has definitely added to the quality of life in Lebanon and Warren County.
Greg Davis (Avid Signs Plus & Sleep In Heavenly Peace): Greg gives his time and talents in abundance to the local community. He has been a long time member of the Lebanon Rotary and can be seen at all their community service events donating his time and energy to the community in which he was raised and loves. More recently, Greg started the Warren County chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace. Their mission is that no child sleeps on the floor in our community. He organizes fundraising, materials and volunteers to build hundreds of beds and provide bedding for local children, some of which have never had a bed before.
Friends of Education Award Finalist:
Girdwood Orthodontics: Girdwood has stepped up to sponsor any sports team, fundraising event, student activity or group not only in 2020 but they have been doing this for years! They even donated water bottles to each student at Bowman Primary this fall when the pandemic hit and students were not allowed to use the water fountains. They are very active within our schools, community and chamber and are a pleasure to work with. Bart and Eileen give generously to the local school community. They provide accommodative services to students that need orthodontic services and have a long list of activities, events, and donations that they give on an ongoing basis to the school system. There is no better friend to our local school district than Girdwood!
Four Paws Animal Hospital: Dr. Rich Coleman at Four Paws Animal Hospital in Lebanon, OH has been an incredible support for our Veterinary Science program. He volunteers his time to guest speak in our classroom, perform surgeries with our students every week, lets our students observe his day-to-day practices at his clinic, and takes care of all of our classroom pets. He has accepted senior students out on early placement and has also hired our students. He has been an inspiration and example of positivity, leadership and compassion for our students. Our students get to assist in real surgeries for hands-on experience that puts them ahead in the job market and for veterinary science college programs. We have honored Four Paws with several awards over the years, including Valued Business Partner and OSBA Business Honor Roll. Dr. Coleman and his staff at Four Paws very much deserve to be recognized by the Lebanon Chamber for their support of education in Lebanon!
Young Professional Award Finalist
Lindsay Mescher (Owner of the Greenhouse Cafe: Lindsay has contributed so much to our town in such a short amount of time. She has opened a fast casual, farm to table fresh dining option downtown in Greenhouse Cafe giving residents and businesses expanded options and enhancing the vibrancy of our Mulberry Plaza. She carries herself in business and around town with the utmost positivity, even when faced with challenges. You will always find her with a smile on her face. When COVID happened, she didn’t shutter, but adapted and
remained opened amidst adversity. She maintained and
supported her employees and fought through the challenge. She also manages to serve the Chamber of Commerce and on the Lebanon Parks Board.
Stephen Johns (Coyne Insurance Company): Stephen is an independent Insurance Agent that truly loves his community. As a young business owner, Stephen's philosopy is simple - "treat our clients as we would want to be treated." This means providing outstanding, personal service along with comprehensive, competitive insurance products. Being an active Lebanon Rotarian and Chamber member, he continues to give back to his community and is always willing to serve wherever he is needed.
Courtney Carrier & Maggie Bremmer (Counselor,Transformative Wellness): Transformative Wellness has grown and become such an amazing asset to our community. Courtney and Maggie both care and thrive for their clients. They are patient and care for each individual member of our community. Their office is so calming to be in! It always smells fantastic! Here's to many more years of being apart of an amazing town!
The Spirit of Lebanon Award Finalist
Amy Brewer (Mayor, City Council Member): There is really no description needed, all you have to do is live, work or play in Lebanon and you will know why Amy Brewer deserves this award. She has always gone above and beyond for her community but in 2020 when the pandemic hit, she kicked it in to overdrive. Helping businesses, community members, churches and the schools. She has been present each and every day and in so many aspects of each group. It's truly unbelievable she can fit it all in every day. I am inspired by her and thankful that we have her to lead Lebanon. Even when she faces criticism, which would defeat most, she continues to put Lebanon first. She continues to show up and take care of what needs to be done. No one cares about Lebanon like Amy and for that we all get to experiene the best Lebanon. As a lifelong resident and a proud member of this community, I love having Amy as a community leader and friend.
Jenny Poling (Countryside YMCA, Executive Director, Youth and Family): Jenny Poling has worked for the Countryside YMCA for over 20 years. Within this organization, she leads a department of unsung heroes, our childcare providers. Under her care and tutelage, Countryside YMCA has become Warren County's largest childcare provider, with most centers having reached Ohio's "Step Up to Quality" 5 star rating. Our youth and family programs care for hundreds upon hundreds of children ages 6 weeks to school-age. Jenny is a can-do person. She works hard to serve every family possible, even in situations where other childcare providers would not take the time or effort to find accommodations or workarounds for a child or family in need. Jenny makes things happen. She is a master at "spinning gold out of straw" and seeing opportunity where she can grow programming in order to maximize our impact and serve the children of Warren County. Jenny's staff are highly devoted to her because she is fair, honest and treats all individuals with respect. Through her work at Countryside, she truly lives our core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility and Faith.
Marty Hubbell (Diehl & Hubbell Attorneys, Attorney/Magistrate): Last year, Marty served as Vice President of the Warren County Community Services Inc while they were going through a very difficult time. Marty put in hundreds of legal hours to save the non-profit money, and put us on firmer legal grounds. The result was the organization saved hundreds of thousands of dollars not only in this situation, but he also handled the legal side of WCCS's purchase of a building in Lebanon - giving WCCS their first home since the 1980 inception of the organization. No one is aware of all of the work he does on behalf of this organization. He did this despite planning a wedding, renovating one of Lebanon's four historic mansions on Columbus Avenue near Glendower "The Gothic," handling magistrate duties for the City of Lebanon, serving as a board member for the Chamber and oh yes, taking care of his clients at Diehl & Hubbell.
Innovator of the Year Finalist
Market 640: Market 640 has demonstrated tremendous resilience in the face of challenges this year. As a retail operation, they were hit hard with the challenges of a shutdown. They rose to the challenge and flourished in so many ways. They were creative in adapting to offering their retail products and services via social media, online and personal delivery. They showcase and sell products for many other local artisans and vendors. They helped them to continue to sell their wonderful products to the community. Furthermore, they utilized their soap production
facility to receive a grant from the state of Ohio and produce hand sanitizer. They were able to serve local residents, businesses and institutions with their PPE needs and will remain as an emergency manufacturer if ever needed again in the future. Lastly, when a local non-profit was in dire need this year, they stepped in to help. Market 640 cohosted a benefit event for the struggling Lebanon Theatre Company, who was shut down with no resources in the wake of the pandemic. The event helped the Theatre remain alive and battle through this challenging time. Market 640 is active in the community and has shown what true innovation looks like in
Doc's Place: Mike & Patti Jacobs set a true example of what an innovator really looks like. An innovator is "a person who introduces new methods, ideas, or products". Throughout the last 6 months, our small businesses and resturants took a HUGE hit with all the State mandates that were forced on them. Mike never gave up, but changed his whole business plan to use the resources that he had available and continue to grow his business. He brought live music to his outdoor dining area, and provided an atmosphere that everyone enjoyed on the weekends. Both he and Patti have worked tirelessly throughout these months to keep their doors open, support/encourage their staff and provide a fun atmosphere for our community. We are thankful for their continuous efforts to keep our community alive.
Neighborhood Bridges-Lebanon: Rebecca Strole & her team brought this amazing concept to our great community when the need was at it's highest. There seems to be no community need too big or too small for this group. They have done some many things for so many families since they have started this organization. In a world that has become so negative and self centered it is nice to see an organization focusing on others and their needs.
2019 Annual Awards Dinner
The 2019 Lebanon Annual Chamber Awards Dinner will be held on Thursday, September 26th, 2019 from 5:30pm-8:30pm.
Please click here to nominate a business or individual for an award! Nomination entries are due by 5pm on Friday, August 23rd.
The Lebanon Annual Chamber Awards Dinner is the premier annual celebration event for the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce, our Chamber members and the Lebanon community. The 2019 Awards Dinner will be held at Miami Valley Gaming. Doors open at 5:30pm with an open bar & networking, and dinner beginning at 6:30pm.
Reserve your seat now!
Reservations are per person or by table. Please click here to make your reservation.
Full Table (8 Seats): $375
Individual Seat: $50
Our annual awards are designed to recognize a company or individual for their unselfish involvement, dedication and support for the betterment of our Chamber service area.
Please click here to nominate a business or individual for an award! Nomination entries are due by 5pm on Friday, August 23rd.
NEW: Award Winners will be announced during our Annual Awards Dinner!
Congratulations to Our 2019 Award Nominees & Winners
Business of the Year Nominees: CareGo Transportation, The Golden Lamb & Miami Valley Gaming
Community Service Award Nominees: Lebanon Library, Lebanon Youth Baseball & Girdwood Orthodontics
Industrial Business of the Year WINNER: Conger Construction
Friends of Education Nominees: Premier Health, Lebanon Rotary Club & City of Lebanon
Ambassador of the Year Nominees: Fae Ochs, Lisa Stocker & Eileen Girdwood
Small Business Award Nominees: Maggard Memorial, Hidden Valley Orchard & The Black Barn
Young Professional Award Nominees: Adam Kwiecinski, Chad Blanton, Lindsay Mescher
Citizen of the Year Award Nominees: Bunny Brooks, Joe Wilson & Chris Johnson
Harmon Award Winner: Joe Wilson