MADISON, IN - The Madison Area Chamber of Commerce (MACC) held their 96th Annual Chamber Dinner on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, presented by First Financial Bank. Chamber members, business leaders, and community members gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of the Chamber, its member businesses, and individuals making an impact on the community. The Chamber shared with over 250 attendees the keys to their continued success in 2019.
The Chamber’s signature event, Soup Stew Chili & Brew, again had record-breaking crowds and revenue. Over $55,000 was reinvested into the community to the event’s participating businesses and nonprofits. Other key events including Annual Dinner, Women in Business, and Golf Scramble also saw growth last year. New events implemented show promise for the future, including Politics & Swizzle Sticks during which members have the opportunity for networking and small group discussions with elected officials. The first Chamber Cash Mob was launched in September to make a direct impact on local businesses: participants received gift certificates to spend at the “target” business, surprising the local merchant with $750 in sales within about 30 minutes. Two Chamber Cash Mobs are already scheduled for February and March of 2020.
In 2019, the Chamber also saw increased utilization of member benefits, more participation in the Madison’s Best competition, and a successful second edition of the Guide to the Madison Indiana Area. Collaboration with community organizations, enhancing membership benefits and value, and implementing a strong strategic plan positions the Chamber for action in 2020.
This evening, the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce also announced the launch of a new digital gift card program: Madison Chamber CA$H. Available at the Chamber office and madisonindiana.com, Madison Chamber CA$H can be redeemed at participating member businesses. More information on the details of the program will be released later this week.
“The Chamber is fortunate to have dedicated business leaders volunteering as ambassadors and board members,” said Executive Director Lindsay Bloos. “We’re looking forward to great year in 2020.”
In addition to celebrating 2019’s achievements, the Chamber presented four annual awards: the Jeff Garrett Community Service Award, the Small Business Person of the Year, the Nonprofit of the Year, and the Business of the Year. These prestigious awards are given to those who demonstrate leadership, vision, innovation, and dedication to the Jefferson County Community.
The Jeff Garrett Community Service Award was presented to Stephanie Hellman for her hard work and dedication to the annual ORSANCO River Sweep for 30 years. Hellman has also contributed to community theatre groups as an actor and board member. She has volunteered her photography skills for several events and organizations including “Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep,” an organization that gives families professional photos as they deal with the loss of an infant, and coordinates an annual remembrance vigil for those whose tiniest family members left too soon. In addition to a long list of community contributions, she was also an co-founder and organizer of the Jefferson County Recycling Committee.
Tom Power Jr. received the Small Business Person of the Year Award in recognition for his entrepreneurial spirit, dedication to his business, and community support. Power purchased Rivercrest Marina in 2015. When inclement weather caused major damage to the area, Power pressed on. He improved the marina and added a dock store and golf cart rentals. Tom has supported many community efforts, including the Wine Stein & Barrel event benefiting Madison’s Riverfront Development and offering dock space to 5 to the 5 Vintage Hydros. Recently, Power took on the project of rebuilding and reopening the Lighthouse restaurant on the riverfront.
Madison Area Arts Alliance was presented the Nonprofit of the Year Award. The organization was honored because of the impact they have made on our community through public art projects and bringing art to the table on economic development issues. MAAA grew from the ground up by building partnerships, adding supporters, cultivating donors, and raising funds for their mission. In the midst of growing the organization, MAAA Director Kim Nyberg also wrote the grant that recognized Madison as an Indiana Arts & Cultural District, which brought regional and state-wide recognition. They have served as a sounding board for the City, Chamber, and other organizations about the appropriateness of art or locations for public art. They partnered on arts banners with the City, organized art tours, and collaborated on numerous projects and events. Right now, they are working with businesses and nonprofits on a kindness mural, using local talent and incorporating the public to make an iconic message of hope for residents and visitors. Jefferson County is home to many artists and MAAA helps shine the spotlight on these residents and encourages their artistry.
Super ATV was recognized as the Business of the Year. The business has seen exponential growth since its humble beginning in Harold Hunt’s garage. Since then, they have expanded to over 200 employees, and expect to hire more in the coming years. SuperATV provides after-school care and tutoring for the children of employees. They have taken two abandoned manufacturing facilities and given them new life. SuperATV has shown its generosity to the community in a number of ways. They were one of the first to sign up to sponsor a hilltop switchbox with the Madison Area Arts Alliance. They support various nonprofit organizations and community events. They have donated ATV’s for the Heritage Trail and law enforcement agencies. Most recently, SuperATV has made a huge impact by underwriting the cost of books and equipment to students attending Madison Consolidated Schools during the 2019-2020 school year.
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.