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  • Chamber Announces 97th Annual Award Winners

    February 10, 2021

            MADISON, IN - The Madison Area Chamber of Commerce (MACC) held their 97th Annual Chamber Dinner on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, presented by German American Bank. Chamber members, business leaders, and community members gathered virtually to celebrate the accomplishments of the Chamber, its member businesses, and individuals making an impact on the community. The Chamber shared with attendees the highlights of 2020 and the Chamber’s goals for 2021. 

            In 2020, the Chamber showed resiliency during an unprecedented time. Throughout this year, the Chamber rallied behind businesses to show support and provide resources. The Chamber CA$H program premiered in January, with a record of more than $20,000 being purchased in 2020 to be spent in the community. Additionally, Chamber Cash Mobs continued to be a great success and appreciated by participating businesses. The Madison Area Chamber of Commerce received two awards from the Indiana Chamber Executives Association: the Website Excellence Award and the Innovation New Idea Award, for their Chamber Cash Mob initiative. The Chamber also got creative with the Soup Stew Chili & Brew festival and hosted it virtually, along with creating the first ever, Soup Stew Chili & Brew cookbook.

            On Wednesday, February 10, the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce announced their three pillars of focus for 2021: connection, retention, and visibility. This year, the Chamber will launch a new website which will allow for a more user friendly experience and easier connection to community resources. Members can also expect to see a new retention program, as well as the launch of a Young Professionals group. Additionally, the Chamber is focused on bringing events, roundtable discussions, and membership visits to the community in a safe and productive way.

            “Our members and community are the ‘why’ of what we do. It takes guidance, resources, energy, partnerships, relationship building and cheerleading to lift each other up in our successes, and support each other in times of need,” said Executive Director, Emilee Roberts.  “The Chamber is dedicated to doing that for our members and community. We are excited to make 2021 the best it can be!”

            In addition to celebrating 2020’s achievements, the Chamber presented five annual awards: the Business of the Year Award, the Small Business Person of the Year, the Nonprofit of the Year, the Jeff Garrett Community Service Award, and a new award, the Jefferson County Emerging Leader Award. These prestigious awards are given to those who demonstrate leadership, vision, innovation, and dedication to the Jefferson County Community. 

            Greves TV & Appliance was recognized as the Business of the Year. This business has been a major anchor in Madison’s downtown commercial district since 1970, offering an assortment of quality goods and amazing services to customers across the region. The family owned business offers home town customer service while staying current with new technology, trends, and expansion of many price points and product lines. As many locally businesses disappeared from the Main Street landscape, this business continues to recognize the importance of knowing their customers, offering excellent service, and keeping up with the times. They have endured many changes in Madison and they continue to thrive when others have closed or given up to the big box retailers. This business stands out in the community, and consistently supports the Madison area and is involved in community events.

            Jerry Wade received the Small Business Person of the Year Award in recognition for his tremendous impact on downtown Madison.  Jerry moved to Madison, renovated the old Lampson Feed Mill, and opened a brewery. Additionally, he has supported the Madison Music Movement by providing live music to the public! He is also a business partner with, Pizza Uncommon, a delicious pizza business, and has received his artisan distillery permit. His business is friendly for children, families, and your fur legged friends! Jerry is also a member of the Madison Historic Board. With his savvy advertising and promotional skills, he has drawn in many crowds from other cities and states to visit his business, and learn about Madison!

            Girls Incorporated of Jefferson County was presented the Nonprofit of the Year Award. The organization was honored because of the impact they have made to deliver life-changing programs and experiences that equip girls to overcome serious barriers to grow up strong, smart, and bold for the past 50 years.  Girls Incorporated consists of programming, people, and an environment that, together, empowers girls to succeed. Trained staff and volunteers build lasting, mentoring relationships in girls-only spaces that are physically and emotionally safe. Girls find a sisterhood of support with shared drive, mutual respect, and high expectations. Hands-on, research-based programs provide girls with the skills and knowledge to set goals, overcome obstacles, and improve academic performance. Their comprehensive approach addresses all aspects of a girl’s life and helps her discover and develop her inherent strengths. Girls receive programming to grow up healthy, educated, independent, and become role models in their community. Girls Incorporated of Jefferson County has served our community since 1972 and its impact resonates throughout our community.

            The Jeff Garrett Community Service Award was presented to Mary Beth Boone for her philanthropy and leadership to Madison, IN. Mary Beth was born and raised in Madison and has come from a long line of local entrepreneurs and philanthropists. She learned early on from her parents what hard work entailed and how to give back. She has not only owned and operated a handful of businesses in Madison but she has also served and continues to serve on boards in the community, such as: the Boys and Girls Club, CASA, GAL, OVO, and most recently rallied fundraising making Madison’s Safe Haven Baby Box a reality. In addition, she continues to work with young adults of the Hanover College Business Scholars Program by mentoring them yearly and teaching them strategic marketing. Time and time again, Mary Beth seeks and helps our other business partners, and values partnership amongst community members

            Kelley Hoagland was presented with the first ever, Jefferson County Emerging Leader Award. Kelley is a servant leader of Jefferson County. She has served as a past volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters, a founding member of the Madison Area Arts Alliance, Madison Community Players, former Chamber ambassador, volunteer for the Ohio Theater, and volunteer for many Chamber events. In addition to her volunteer work, she is a staple employee at the Community Foundation where she can always be found with a smile. She is always ready to lend a hand to local organizations and community projects. Kelley offers her time, her patience, and her creativity freely and with joy. She is a “go-to” leader in our community, where she supports, encourages, and works.

            The Madison Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to present these awards and congratulates all of this year’s recipients. 

                The Madison Area Chamber of Commerce has been serving the area since 1924 with a mission to provide vision, support, and resources to develop business in the Madison area. For more information on the Chamber and its services, call (812) 265-3135 or visit www.madisonindiana.com.