This annual event is co-hosted by the City’s Economic Development Department and the Noblesville Chamber of Commerce to recognize local businesses in four (4) categories: Business of the Year, Business Person of the Year, Best New Construction or Renovation, Best Small Business. This year, the Enterprise Awards added a Young Professional of the Year category.
This year’s event was held at Purgatory Golf Club on Thursday, November 14th. All proceeds went towards the Noblesville Schools Education Foundation. Nominees were accepted from chamber members and the community. A selection committee chose the winners.
2013 Business Person of the Year: Darren Peterson, Peterson Architecture.
As leader of Peterson Architecture, Darren Peterson says it’s important for the success of your business to be active in the community. “You have to be a part of the community to better understand your clients. I know why I moved to Noblesville and understand why they moved to Noblesville,” he said. “The goal is to work, play and live all in the same place.” Outside of work, Peterson is involved in the Noblesville Riverwalk Committee, Façade Grant Program, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Noblesville First United Methodist Church and Nickel Plate Arts. He is also the Vice President of Noblesville Main Street.
2013 Young Professional of the Year: Alaina Shonkwiler, City of Noblesville – Economic Development Specialist.
The inaugural Young Professional of the Year Award went to Noblesville native and city employee Alaina Shonkwiler. “I’m being rewarded for doing something I love,” she said. Shonkwiler, whose focus is on community and economic development in the downtown and Old Town areas, is a staple at Nickel Plate Arts, Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Noblesville Main Street and Kiwanis meetings and events. “One of the most beautiful things about my job and my role in this community is I do get to have an impact on it. We’re talking about the development of the West Side Park and having it be an 85 to 100 year park. We’re talking about the materials that might be here for someone else. We’re building a community for the future and someone did that for us, so I want to be able to do that for them, my grandkids and the future generations.”
2013 Best New Construction/Renovation: Noblesville Schools Educational Services Center
As Noblesville School’s enrollment has grown over the years, so has its central office staff and the need for more space. The new two-story office was opened at 18025 River Road. Superintendent Libbie Conner said it was 12 months from design to move in, and described the building as “an empty shell”. The new building is approximately 40,000 square feet and Conner said 30,000 square feet were renovated. The building also has a larger space for monthly school board meetings. When it is open it can fit 250 people, but the room has the ability to transform into three individual training rooms. “(The building) is open as much as possible in large areas; going from 12,000 square feet to 30,000 (square feet) we wanted to take advantage of [the] space,” Conner said.
2013 Best Small Business: T&T Sales and Promotions, Inc.
T&T Promotions is a screen printing, embroidery and promotional company which has been open since 2001. Co-owner Laurie Dyer owns the company with her brother, Scott Fihma. “There are over 100,000 items out there you can put your logo on,” said Dyer. The company is currently working on a tool where patrons can customize their own shirt design online and send it to the company for a quote. ‘We’ve been up and down Herriman (Boulevard) but for the past several years we’ve been at 15320 Herriman Blvd..” said Dyer.
2013 Business of the Year: Composites International (IDI)
IDI Composites International is the premier global formulator and manufacturer of thermoset industrial compounds for custom molders and original equipment manufacturers. “Composites International started in Noblesville in 1966, known as Industrial Dielectrics, Inc. - IDI – which is what we all still call it,” said Executive Vice President Jay Merrell. “We make polyester modeling materials for electrical, automotive, appliance applications – many different things that you use in your household but don’t think about very much that would come from Noblesville.”
“The business is going to continue to grow. It will continue to grow here in Noblesville and that’s one of the main reasons we did our remodeling project,” Merrell said. “Most people don’t realize when they just look at the exterior, which was upgraded and improved, that most of the work was done on the inside of the plant.” The company also has plants in Puerto Rico, England, France and China but the markets the company touches are as equally broad as its global business. From automotive to electrical applications for switch gears and circuit breakers, Composites International makes things that help distribute electricity. Today Composites International (IDI) has 650 employees with 110 in Noblesville.
Noblesville Volunteer Awards
The InnICity of Noblesville Volunteer Awards, on May 22, 2013, recognized those people and organizations that have voluntarily contributed time and talent to the betterment of their community including, but not limited to, the areas of health care, social services, youth or senior activities, the arts, education, justice, housing or nutrition.
Nominations were evaluated with considerable attention given to the beneficiaries of the nominee’s voluntary activities and the impact those activities have had in Noblesville.
The City of Noblesville, with Vision Noblesville, is proud to announce the winners of the first annual Noblesville Volunteer Awards. These citizens and groups exemplify the very best of volunteer efforts in our city, state and the world. All winning applications will be forwarded for consideration for the Governor’s Service Awards.
Exemplary Service Learning – Michelle Higgins and Rebecca Swift – Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, Troops 1132 & 933
Corporate Volunteer Award – Hamilton County Master Gardener Association
Mayor’s Volunteer Award – Cyndi Kirby, City of Noblesville Parades
Faith-Based Volunteer Award – Sue Treida – St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church
Youth Volunteer Award – Kelsey Helstrom – United Way of Central Indiana Youth Leadership Initiative and Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School
All-Around Volunteer Award – Jim Wafford, Logan Street Signs
Lifetime Achievement Volunteer Award – Nancy Chance, The Good Samaritan Network