93rd Annual Chamber Dinner & AwardsJanuary 18, 2017
For Immediate Release
January 18, 2017 10:45pm
The Madison Area Chamber of Commerce (MACC) held their 93rd Annual Chamber Dinner on Wednesday, January 18th at Clifty Inn. This is the Chamber’s yearly event to celebrate the Chamber and the community. Attracting more than 300 people, the evening provided an opportunity for mingling, networking, and celebrating the collective success of our local businesses. Attendees learned more about the Chamber, its projects and initiatives, and its scope of work for the upcoming year.
The Chamber reports one of its best years yet. Among the successes: more attendees at events like the Soup Stew Chili & Brew festival, over $130,000 reinvested in the community through the Good Cents Gift Certificate program, and increased educational programming for small businesses.
“This is an important event for the Chamber, not only because of its long tradition, but also because it gives us an opportunity to talk about things that are important to the community. The Chamber is committed to pushing forward with quality of life initiatives that make the Madison area a better place to live, work, and do business. And, we have the pleasure of recognizing individuals, businesses, and organizations for their outstanding achievements and contributions to our local economy,” said Executive Director Lindsay Bloos.
Six awards were presented including the Chamber Ambassador of the Year, the Board Member of the Year, the Small Business Person of the Year, the Business of the Year, the Jeff Garrett Community Service Award, and the Non-profit of the Year. These prestigious awards are given to those who demonstrate leadership, vision, innovation, and dedication to the Jefferson County Community.
The Ambassador of the Year Award was presented to Emilee Roberts for displaying great leadership and strong work ethic. Emilee is the Program Director for Girls Incorporated and has served as a Chamber Ambassador for two years. In 2016, she took the position of Ambassador Chairperson to lead her peers in the program. Emilee has always taken pride in her role and promotes the Chamber and its ambassador program through social media and contacts in the community. Emilee is always positive and wears a contagious smile when she greets people. Emilee will be joining the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in 2017.
The Board Member of the Year Award was presented to David Sutter. Sutter is an attorney at Jenner, Pattison, Sutter, & Wynn and has been a Board member since 2015. Last year, David became the Vice President and accepted the role of President of the Board for 2017. Sutter has consistently volunteered his time and talent to forward the mission of the Chamber. He has been a supportive and reasoned voice for both the board and staff.
The Small Business Person of the Year award winner was Mary Beth Boone for her hard work and dedication to the Madison business community with Blush on Main. Mary Beth has innovatively transformed her boutique into a one-stop-shop for style, providing a wide range of goods and services for customers. Mary Beth is a model for collaboration with her outside-the-box thinking and partnerships with other local business owners. Blush on Main was named one of Indiana’s Top Ten Boutiques in 2016. Mary Beth tirelessly supports her community by donating time, money, and her inventory to raise money and bring awareness to worthy causes.
The Business of the Year Award was presented to Lytle Funeral Homes and Cremation Service. They have been in business since 1920 and a Chamber member for over a dozen years. They saw great success and expanded their business in 2016 to include two new locations. They treat their employees with respect and dignity and lead by example with honesty, integrity, and humility. Lytle Funeral Homes and Cremation Services has always been supportive of the community through their countless donations and sponsorships. They started the first Annual Veteran’s Supply Drive that benefited local veterans in area nursing homes, Madison State Hospital, and the Louisville VA Hospital. They also coordinate with the DAV van drivers to take supplies to the VA hospitals. In addition, they provide caring, quality service to families facing the loss of a loved one. Lytle Funeral Homes and Cremation Services is a business that has stood the test of time and grown to be a cornerstone of the Madison area community.
The Jeff Garrett Community Service Award went to Shirley Kloepfer for her continued support to bring diversity to our rural area. Driven by her concern for the poor and disadvantaged, Kloepfer engaged in a life of service beginning after college with her work with the Peace Corp in South America. For many years, she taught Spanish at Southwestern and Madison schools. As a founding member of La Casa Amiga, she has tirelessly worked to break the communication barrier for our Spanish speaking citizens. Kloepfer spends hours guiding people through job searches, opening bank accounts, enrolling their children in school, getting a driver’s license, and countless other tasks most people take for granted. She has translated in many situations where exact understanding is critical, such as in doctor’s offices and legal discussion. In addition, Kloepfer serves on the City of Madison Human Relations Commission, and has been the driving force behind the Hispanic Cultural Awareness Day held every fall. She has tirelessly dedicated herself to serve this community.
The Non-profit of the Year award was presented to SEI Voices for Children. The staff and volunteers of this crucial organization go above and beyond to represent the welfare of children in need. They have overcome transitioning staff and board as well as a deficit budget. Donating over 8,ooo volunteer hours to Jefferson County, they stand and fight for all abused and neglected children to prevent them from being in harmful environments.
For more information, contact:
Lindsay Bloos, Executive Director
Madison Area Chamber of Commerce
firstname.lastname@example.orgContact:Lindsay Bloos, Executive Director(812) 265-3135