Findlay-Hancock County Chamber Of Commerce Small Business Awards

The Findlay-Hancock County Chamber of Commerce held its 2022 Small Business Awards on Wednesday afternoon at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts.

Each year, the Chamber highlights local individuals and companies, who through their independent entrepreneurial spirit, play a vital role in building the community and the economy.

We spoke with Mike Gomez of Garden Central after they were presented with the Family-Owned Small Business of the Year award, and asked him what it means to win the award.

“Well, it means quite a bit, it just goes to show you that with a little bit of hard work you can get some stuff done, and we appreciate Findlay for giving us the opportunity to do this here in this town.”



Mike’s wife Kim is the current owner of Garden Central, which opened in Findlay in the spring of 2008.

It’s located at 430 East Main Cross Street in Findlay.

The other award winners are listed below.


Small Business of the Year

Presented to: Feasel’s Garden Center & Gregor’s

Sponsored by: Premier Bank


Small Business Person of the Year

Presented to: Ken Rood – DNC Hydraulics

Sponsored by: University of Findlay


Emerging Business of the Year

Presented to: River + Road

Sponsored by: State Bank


Nonprofit Leader of the Year

Presented to: Sue Lehman – Findlay Hope House

Sponsored by: The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation


Professional of the Year

Presented to: Chris Webb

Sponsored by: Old Fort Bank


“Our Spirit Shows” Hospitality Award

Presented to: Flag City Balloonfest

Sponsored by: Hancock County Convention & Visitors Bureau


Agriculture Enterprise Champion of the Year

Presented to: Jackson Farms

Sponsored by: Citizens National Bank


Diverse Small Business Champion of the Year

Presented to: Taco Fiesta Hinojosa

Sponsored by: Marathon Petroleum Corporation


Do Good! Award

Presented to: Heavenly Pizza

Sponsored by: City Apparel


Go Local Small Business Champion of the Year

Presented to: Buckeye Family Farm

Sponsored by: First National Bank


Small Business Manufacturing Excellence

Presented to: Werk-Brau Company

Sponsored by: The Companies of Tall Timbers Industrial Park



Presented to: Annette Edgington – GSW Manufacturing

Sponsored by: Huntington Bank


Manufacturing & Distribution Leadership Impact Award

Presented to: Cody Conaway – DNC Hydraulics

Sponsored by: Gilmore Jasion Mahler


Downtown Champion of the Year

Presented to: Burlwick & Co.

Sponsored by: Fifth Third Bank


Family Owned Small Business Champion of the Year

Presented to: Garden Central

Sponsored by: Hancock Federal Credit Union


Customer Service Champion of the Year

Presented to: Jack B’s

Sponsored by: Trust Company Family Offices


Women in Business Champion of the Year

Presented to: City Apparel

Sponsored by: WFIN-WKXA-106.3 The Fox Radio