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TELL CITY - Annual business awards presented Thursday by the Perry County Chamber of Commerce honored the local campus of Ivy Tech Community College, a longtime Tell City clothier and a provider of trophies and sporting goods. Also recognized among nonprofit groups was Catholic Charities of Tell City.
The ninth annual Chamber Award Dinner was held at the Schergens Center. Ivy Tech Community College's Tell City campus was honored in the large-business category. Site Director Sherri Flynn said the location has seen a threefold increase in enrollment over the past two years.
The campus provides the community with distance-education services and testing for various certifications, including insurance, certified nursing aids, emergency medical technicians and programs operated by the Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration and U.S. Postal Service. Ivy Tech also provides College Level Examination Program testing.
Flynn thanked the community for its support and adjunct faculty she said make programs possible. Ivy Tech, she said, collaborates with county high schools to offer welding, business and computer applications and driver's education training
Hauenstein's Clothing Store won the small-business award. The family-owned enterprise has been in its current location since 1921. Known in the past for its line of work clothes and jeans, the store now offers a full line of jeans for men and women, T-shirts, sweatshirts and work clothes.
The store is also a popular drop-off point for UPS and has expanded in recent years with mini-storage units. John Hauenstein accepted the award.
The 2010 Entrepreneur Award went to R&A Sports. Founded in 1997 in the former Sportsworld location, Rob and Angela Henning decided to move the business nearer to their home. In 2002 they added embroidery service and completed an expansion in 2003.
In accepting the award, the Hennings thanked the community for its patronage.
Catholic Charities of Tell City won this year's Applause Award, presented to a community nonprofit group.
Agency Director Joan Hess said she has the joy of collaborating with community groups, churches and volunteers to help those in need.
As well as providing direct aid to people in crisis, Catholic Charities organizes and works with others to provide food, winter coats and in recent months has collaborated with volunteers and churches for a Table of Blessings community meal program that provides hot, nutritious dinners each Thursday evening.
Nominated with Ivy Tech Community College in the large-business category was the Tell City-Troy Township School Corp. Hoosier Southern Railroad, Orscheln Farm & Home, Roland's and Werner Drug Store were nominated among small businesses with Rural Land, Skinsations and Tell City Star Cafe nominees in the entrepreneur category.
Joining Catholic Charities in vying for the Applause Award were Junior Achievement, Leadership Perry County and Perry County Habitat for Humanity.