Finalists Announced for the 2020 One Southern Indiana ONCE Awards

Finalists Announced for the 2020 One Southern Indiana ONCE Awards

One Southern Indiana (1si), the chamber of commerce and economic development organization for Clark and Floyd counties, announced the finalists for the 2020 “ONCE” Awards today. The ONCE Awards is a combination of the ONE Awards, which was postponed due to the Corona Virus outbreak, and the ACE Awards, held annually in the fall.  This year’s event is scheduled for Thursday, November 12, 2020 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Caesars Southern Indiana in Elizabeth Ind.

This year’s event will honor winners in 10 categories.  The first three categories are individual ACE awards and include:

Axiom Financial Strategies Group James W. Robinson Young Professional of the Year ACE Award

  • Zack Flanagan, Board and You Bistro
  • Joshua Kornberg, Ivy Tech Community College
  • Beau Zoeller, Frost Brown Todd, LLC

Kightlinger & Gray, LLP Sam Day Professional of the Year ACE Award

  • Kimberly Martin Dawkins, PNC Bank
  • Todd Read, SoIN Tourism
  • Dr. Eric Yazel, Clark County Health Department

Duke Energy Kevin Hammersmith Community Leader of the Year ACE Award


  • Jerry Finn, Caesars Foundation of Floyd County
  • Allen Howie, Idealogy Marketing + Design
  • Laurie Kemp, Momentum Title Agency
  • Cathy Scrivner, LegalShield / IDShield

Also, the winners of the ONE awards, which was originally scheduled for April but postponed, will be announced.  Both judging and online voting is complete in the following categories:

The Centra Credit Union WorkHub Innovation in Culture ONE Award
Harding, Shymanski, & Company, P.S.C.
Kentuckiana Wood Products, Inc.

The Indiana Members Credit Union Rising Star ONE Award

  • ActionCOACH Bluegrass
  • Naked by Sunday
  • Taylor’s Cajun Meat Company

The MCM CPAs & Advisors Business of the Year ONE Award for companies with 50 or fewer employees

  • Extol Magazine
  • LL&A Interior Design
  • Voluforms

The Nu-Yale Nonprofit PROGRAM of the Year ONE Award

  • Carnegie Center for Art & History: Youth Education Program
  • Hosparus Health Southern Indiana & Grief Counseling Center: Heart Connection Program
  • LifeSpan Resources, Inc.: Social Transportation program

The German American Bank Business of the Year ONE Award for companies with 51 or more employees

  • Libs Paving Co., Inc.
  • SIHO Insurance Services
  • The New Washington State Bank

1si will also be awarding the DMLO Economic Development Impact Project of the Year ONE Award, which is given to the expansion or attraction project having the greatest impact on our community in the past year and the AML Construction Economic Development Partner of the Year to the business which has had the most positive effect on Economic Development in Clark and Floyd Counties over the past year.

Finalists in the first eight categories were chosen by a panel of judges based on criteria including business history, community involvement, response to adversity, newly created opportunities and innovation in products or services.  The Economic Development Impact Project Award and Partner of the Year Award were chosen based on information submitted at the launch of a project with regard to the impact of the project on the community at large.

At the event, attendees will enjoy socially distanced networking, cash bar, a plated dinner and a full production awards ceremony.    Due to Indiana social distancing guidelines, the ballroom will accommodate 294 guests and 1si anticipates it will be sold out.  In order to accommodate those unable to purchase in-person seating, the event will be offered to members virtually.

Currently, only virtual reservations are being taken.  The cost for a member to attend the event virtually is $30 and a non-member is $45.  Once in-person reservations are open, pricing for individual 1si members is $60 each in-person and $85 for in-person guests.  Reservations may be made by visiting or by calling (812) 945-0266.

Sponsors for the 2020 ONCE Awards are:
AML Contruction, Axiom Financial Strategies Group, Centra Credit Union, DMLO, Duke Energy, German American Bank, Indiana Members Credit Union, Kightlinger & Gray, LLP, MCM CPAs & Advisors and Nu-Yale;
Business First, Extol Magazine, Fuzzy Zoeller’s Covered Bridge Golf Course, Lloyd’s Florist, MCM CPAs & Advisors, Mister “P” Express, Inc., Mightily and Sounds Unlimited Productions; and
1Source HCMS, Clark Memorial Health, iHeart Media, L&D Mail Masters, PNC Bank and The Refinery.

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:

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