10/09/14 1:40 p.m.
Ten years ago, Jim Barger left his job to pursue his dream of his owning business, Media Links Advertising. Today, Barger was recognized by the Findlay-Hancock County Chamber of Commerce as the Small Business Person of the Year.
Audio: Jim Barger
Barger was one of 18 award recipients today at this afternoon’s 51st annual Small Business Awards ceremony. The coveted Small Business of the Year Award went to Stearns Companies.
Audio: Dena Rose
Dena Rose accepted the award on behalf of Stearns. Stearns operates such businesses as Dick’s Towing and Auto Salvage, Ed’s 24 Hour Service and Keebler’s Towing in Bluffton.
Small Business Award Winners:
Community Partner Awards:
Dennis Russell “Our Spirit Shows” Hospitality Award- Findlay Girls Fastpitch Softball Club
HLAA Distinguished Leadership Award- Deb Wickerham
United Way Community Partner Award- Legacy Farmers Cooperative
Blanchard Valley Center Employer S.T.A.R. Award- g2 Revolution
Blanchard Valley Center Community Employer S.T.A.R. Award- Findlay Country Club
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Athena Award- Dr. Chris Ward, University of Findlay
Small Business Resource Center Client Award- Lori Bowman, The Dressing Room Boutique
Women in Business Champion of the Year- Cathy Linhart- House of Awards & Shoes
Emerging Business of the Year- The Sweet Retreat
Small Business Manufacturing Excellence Award- RPM Carbide Die, Inc.
Downtown Champion of the Year- Dan Clinger, RCM Architects
Go Local Small Business Champion of the Year- Hosmer Family Businesses
Agriculture Enterprise Champion of the Year- Kaleidoscope Farms
Diversity Small Business Champion of the Year- Jack & Jin’s Thai Restaurant
Professional of the Year- Phil Rooney and Christie Ranzau, Rooney & Ranzau, Ltd.
Family-Owned Small Business of the Year- Dick’s Auto Supply
Small Business Person of the Year- Jim Barger, Media Links Advertising
Small Business of the Year- Stearns Companies, LLC