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  • 2023 Chamber Awards Gala

  • On April 13, 2023, the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 75th anniversary at the 2023 Chamber Awards Gala at Horseshoe Indianapolis Racing & Casino. This year’s Gala had a few changes to the awards given. Two new awards were added, the “Big Green” Sustainability Award and the “Beau Browning” Maverick Award (Under 40), and the Golden Pineapple Customer Service Award was renamed at the “Hospitality Award. The previously awarded Small and Large Business Champion awards were combined to create “Business of the Year”, honoring a member business no matter the size. Congratulations to all the 2023 award recipients!


    The Business of the Year and Non-Profit Champion awards left the audience on the edge of their seats again this year with anticipation of who would be awarded these honors. Each of these six finalists met with a professional video company, Sea 47 Media, who shot vignettes about the business or organization.

    Below are the videos that were debuted, both Champion and individual award recipients.

    To view past-years business nominees and award recipient videos, click here.


    We ARE Shelby County!


    Business of the Year

    Grover Center Museum & Historical Society
    Shelby County Public Library 
    Shares Inc.




    Non-Profit Champion

    Blue River Dental Care
    Builders Lumber & Hardware
    Stephenson Rife, LLP







    Individual Awards

    2023 "Dick Kitchin" Volunteer of the Year
    Bill Poland & Nathan Runnebohm
    2023 Golden Apple Outstanding Educator
    Marijo Hamblen-Snow
    2023 Hospitality Award
    Buffy Powers




    2023 John A. Hartnett, Sr. Business Person of the Year
    Kent McNeely
    2023 Outstanding Citizen of the Year
    Brent Sandman
    2023 Shelby County Community Lifetime Achievement
    Dr. Ron McDaniel




                   2023 Pay It Forward                  
    Ami Carter
    2023 "Beau Browning" Maverick Award (Under 40)
    Beau Browning
    2023 "Big Green" Sustainability Award
    Shelby County Recycling District