Indiana Small Businesses Honored for Entrepreneurial Success

EDGE Awards

EDGE Awards highlight impact of small businesses, which employ 1.2 million Hoosiers

SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 3, 2017) – Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and Linda McMahon, administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), honored multiple Indiana businesses today with the Economic Development and Growth Through Entrepreneurship (EDGE) Awards, recognizing each company for its work to help grow Indiana’s economy.

“If you’re looking for what’s driving Indiana’s robust economic growth, look to our state’s small businesses and the Hoosiers behind them,” said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch. “Today there are half a million small business across Indiana, which are developing new ways to innovate and serve their communities. Today’s EDGE Award winners exemplify the hard work and determination it takes to launch and grow a business, showcasing the best of the Hoosier entrepreneurial spirit.”

The annual EDGE Awards recognize emerging small businesses, which have been in operation for less than one year, and established small businesses, which have been operating for at least one year. Each of the 20 recipients received assistance from the Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC), which supports 10 regional offices across the state and provides entrepreneurs with expert guidance and resources on how to start and grow a business.

These awards are presented as part of the SBA’s National Small Business Week, which highlights the important role small businesses play in the nation’s economy. According to the SBA, nearly 500,000 small businesses operate across Indiana, and together those companies employ 1.2 million Hoosiers. Small businesses employ 45 percent of the state’s private-sector workforce.

The 2017 Emerging EDGE Award recipients are:

  • CapeAble Sensory Products (Fort Wayne), created by Marna Pacheco and Susan Hickok, produces plush weighted blankets, dignified weighted wearables and sensory enrichment tools. The products provide calm, comfort and focus for individuals with mood and behavior disorders.
  • Diamond K Sweets (Spencer) is a certified women’s business enterprise manufacturing Fudge O’Bits®, which are gourmet, bite-sized pieces of fudge covered in decadent chocolate or white chocolate.
  • Eddie Joe’s IceHouse (West Point) opened in May 2016 as a full-service restaurant and bar specializing in barbeque, Tex Mex dishes and cold beer.
  • Enjole’ Interiors (Evansville) is an interior design firm located in an historic building in Evansville, focused on helping its clients turn their spaces into the perfect, enchanting environment.
  • Midas Auto (Anderson) is a total car care center, helping repair brakes, suspensions, exhausts, tires and all automotive service needs.
  • Midwest Quality Fire Protection (Granger) provides reliable fire safety products and services to protect families and property.
  • Prestige Clinics (Munster) is a comprehensive health clinic that uses unique technology and health risk scoring metrics to provide patients with a customized, goal-oriented plan for improving health outcomes.
  • Trim Free Borders® (Brookville) develops and manufactures an artificial grass border that eliminates the need for trimming after mowing. It is ideally used along walls, hardscapes, landscapes, under fences and around tombstones.
  • Uptown Pup (Indianapolis) provides an innovative, safe and eco-friendly dog daycare, boarding and grooming facility.
  • Wellness Box Inc. (Terre Haute) impacts corporate employees and individuals by offering scientifically-proven body composition analysis, online wellness portals, educational presentations, monthly healthy snack boxes and personalized wellness coaching.

The 2017 Established EDGE Award recipients are:

  • AB BioTechnologies (Bloomington) is a pharmaceutical contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) which plans to add current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP), clinical and small-scale commercial manufacturing for injectable drugs later this year.
  • Behavior Associates of Indiana (Muncie) is a center- and home-based agency that uses the principles of applied behavior analysis to enhance the lives of individuals living with autism and other developmental delays
  • Capital Roofing Solutions (New Albany) is a commercial roofing company which is expanding locally, in additional to working on commercial construction projects across the United States.
  • DVG Team (Crown Point) is a project management, site civil engineering and land survey company.
  • FiFi’s Lunch Box (Terre Haute) launched as a food truck and catering service. Today, FiFi’s has grown into two brick-and-mortar restaurants, which focus on serving their customers comfort food with a twist.
  • Green Alternatives Inc. (Kokomo) offers solar energy systems for homeowners, businesses, farms and government units to offset their energy consumption.
  • K&K Dirtworks Inc. (Evanston) specializes in demolition, site clearing, dangerous tree removal, site preparation and finish grade work.
  • Newfangled Confections (Indianapolis) offers blast-from-the-past candy made with a dash of love and nostalgia.
  • Niche Market Furniture (New Haven) is a furniture store, which also offers interior design services, 3D renderings, custom window treatments, custom-built furniture and home staging.
  • Nurses Etc. Staffing (Warsaw) is medical staffing agency built to meet the ever-changing staffing demands of healthcare.

“The business advisers at ISBDC offices across the state are helping Hoosier entrepreneurs pursue their dreams to launch or grow their own small businesses,” said Elaine Bedel, president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. “Today, 1.2 million Hoosiers go to work for a small business, and many of those companies have received coaching from ISBDC advisers. As Indiana’s economy keeps growing, our strong network of small businesses will provide an important foundation to the state’s continued success.”

About ISBDC
The Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC) is hosted by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, which leads the state of Indiana’s economic development efforts, helping entrepreneurs launch, grow and locate businesses in the state. The ISBDC provides entrepreneurs with expert guidance and resources on how to start and grow a business. With a network of 10 regional offices through the state, the ISBDC creates a positive and measureable impact on the formation, growth and sustainability of Indiana’s small businesses

The ISBDC is funded, in part, through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. For more information about the ISBDC, visit www.isbdc.org.

About IEDC
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) leads the state of Indiana’s economic development efforts, focusing on helping companies grow in and locate to the state. Governed by a 15-member board chaired by Governor Eric J. Holcomb, the IEDC manages many initiatives, including performance-based tax credits, workforce training grants, public infrastructure assistance and talent attraction and retention efforts. For more information about the IEDC, visit www.iedc.in.gov.

Media Contacts:
Holly Gillham (IEDC) – 317.999.8214 or hgillham@iedc.in.gov
April Ladd (AB BioTechnologies) – 812.287.8493 or aladd@ab-biotech.com