The Elkhart Chamber presented the following awards Thursday, Feb. 6, at its 2013 annual meeting:
Business of the Year: Label Logic
Owners Jeff and Karen Cripe started the business in their garage in 1997 years ago, printing bar codes for baked goods and dairy products. Last year Label Logic received $10 million in revenue and charted growth of 30 percent. The business employs 48 people and have recently expanded the production and warehouse areas at their Pine Creek Road facility and are considering a second site to meet demand.
Woman of the Year: Diana Lawson
Lawson, executive director of the Elkhart County Convention and Visitors Bureau, last year spearheaded the SoMa visioning process, in which she pulled together 60 community leaders to define the vision for downtown's commercial and cultural districts, and the residential opportunities nearby.
Century Plus Award: Days Corp.
This award honors a business that has been operating for at least 100 years. Days Corp. is a logistics firm that has found ways to adapt and evolve since its founding in 1913. It began as a delivery business and has become a regional trucking company, serving clients primarily in the recreational vehicle and marine industries with warehousing, export packing and electrical services.
Not-For-Profit of the Year: Five Star
Five Star is an Elkhart-based nonprofit that formed nine years ago with the goal of helping at-risk middle school students accept responsibility, shun excuses and live with integrity. By 2012, 74 percent of the students participating had grade-point averages of 3.0 or higher. By 2013, 13 schools had engaged Five Star Life coaches to help a total of 2,500 students. This year, the program will expand to the Texas, joining Indiana and Michigan.
Ambassador of the Year: Shaina Poland
Poland, account manager for Critical Data Solutions, was cited for her willingness to spend the time it takes to network, develop client relationships and build trust.