GDC Chamber accepting nominations for three prestigious awards

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Greensburg, IN — The Greensburg/Decatur County (GDC) Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the Entrepreneur of the Year; Small Business Grant, and Don Horan Community Leader of the Year awards.

The Entrepreneur of the Year award recognizes an individual who is active in one of Decatur County’s communities, owns a for-profit business in Decatur County, holds entrepreneurial innovation, shows operating success, utilizes technology, and displays business and community partnerships. The nominee’s business does not have to be a current member of the GDC Chamber. Anyone may nominate a business/individual while an individual may also nominate themselves.

The Small Business Grant award will be voted upon and given to a GDC Chamber member business that has been in business for at least one year and that has less than 100 employees. The nomination must be written by the business owner, an employee, or a Board member of that business. The award winner will receive a grant of up to $1,000.

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The Don Horan Community Leader of the Year award was first established in 1961 as the Community Service Award and was renamed in 2013 following the passing of Don Horan, a community business owner, and philanthropist. Often noted as the county’s most prestigious award, the Don Horan Community Leader of the Year award recognizes the outstanding efforts, selflessness, and goodwill of an individual toward his/her community.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, October 7.

Award winners for 2021 were Dr. Anthony Noles, Entrepreneur of the Year; Southeastern Baptist Youth Camp Small Business Grant, and Jennifer Maddux, Don Horan Community Leader of the Year (see photos).

All awards are chosen by a committee and formally introduced and recognized at the GDC Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Dinner which will be held at Highpoint Events on Friday, November 18.

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During the Annual Dinner, the Chamber Board of Directors will also be holding a Cash Bash which is a new event for the Chamber this year. The Cash Bash is a raffle where the last ticket drawn will win up to $2,500.

Other cash prizes and awards will also be drawn throughout the night.

Sponsorship of both the Annual Dinner and the Cash Bash help provide scholarships to each of the three local city and county schools in Decatur County.

Tickets are now on sale for these events through the Chamber’s website –