Chamber Awards

Oldham County ‘Top Achiever’ Awards

Oldham businesses honored
at Showcase luncheon”

By Ruth Wright
Staff Writer

CRESTWOOD, Ky. – (March 2003) In an effort to infuse the ninth annual Oldham Community Showcase with a dose of business-to-business networking and recognition, the Oldham County Chamber of Commerce presented the inaugural Oldham County Top Achiever (OCETA) awards Feb. 7 in Crestwood.
The awards were chosen by a committee of chamber members from nominations submitted by the businesses themselves. Following are the award winners, along with the Oldham Community Showcase’s Chairman’s Award winner:
n “Bedford Bank” Community Service Award & the Business of the Year Award, Large Business Category (25-plus Employees): Fastline Publications. Fastline Publications, founded in 1978 by Bill Howard, is an advertising media company that publishes trade journals for the truck and farm industries. The publications are designed as buyers guide and contain no editorials.

chamber winners

Oldham County “Top Achiever”
award winners from left are Susan
Eubank (Oldham Co. Public
Library); Diana Polsgrove
(Eventualities); Jay and Donna
Broder (CSI Mid-South); Ray Barrow
(The Barrow Co.); Raylene Blair
and Jim Hughey (Fastline
Publications) with Bedford Loan &
Deposit Bank branch manager
John Manning (award sponsor).

Howard’s first publication, “The Bluegrass Trucker” (originally called the Kentucky Truck Trader), was mailed in July 1978. In just three years the company grew to five publications with a strong response and support from advertisers.
Now the company publishes 29 magazines including 22 farm publications and seven truck publications. In 1985, the company purchased the Ohio Fastline and the Indiana Fastline, two farm trade publications with similar formats. In 1996, the company acquired MCW Graphics, which provided the opportunity for printing all of the Fastline magazines. The company credits capturing a niche market of the farming and heavy duty trucking industry with its success.
Fastline has approximately 150 employees, including about 70 in its Buckner, Ky., location just off I-71 in Oldham County.
n “The Bluebook” Business of the Year Award, Small Business Category (1-24 Employees): Barrow Co. Barrow Co., a wastewater treatment company located at 2221 N. Hwy. 53 in La Grange, Ky., was founded in August 1996 by Ray Barrow. Barrow is an expert in the field with more than 40 years of experience.
The company concentrates in the area of wastewater and drainage in regards to new onsite wastewater systems, repairs, alterations and system inspections.
The company’s services include site evaluations for proposed new construction, realty septic inspections for sale of residential and commercial properties, as well as service agreements for regular maintenance checks on existing systems. The company also specializes in the design and engineering of on-site wastewater systems, especially for the more challenging locations or projects with higher degrees of difficulty.
However, its services are available to both individuals and business regardless of the scope of the project. Barrow Co. services accounts in Indiana and Kentucky and holds certifications for both states.
Barrow Company currently has 12 full-time employees and services eight Kentucky counties on a daily basis including Bullitt, Carroll, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham Shelby, Spencer and Trimble and the Indiana counties of Clark, Floyd and Harrison.

Jon Bednarski Mike and Brad Potts

Oldham Community Showcase
chairman Jon Bednarski (center)
named Minish & Potts the winner
of the show’s “Chairman’s Award.”
Pictured are (from left) brothers
Mike and Brad Potts.

E-Business of the Year Award: CSI Mid-South. CSI Mid-South, a credit card transaction service provider, was started by Donna and Jay Broder in 1996. The company provides card processing to merchants through a range of traditional and electronic payment options. These include credit and ATM-debit card processing, check guarantee services, purchasing card programs and Internet capabilities.
A lot goes behind the scenes from the time a credit card is offered for payment until the money is deposited into the merchants account, said CSI’s sales administrator Cindy Shaffer. The fastest growing segment of the business has been E-commerce. CSI serves its Internet clients by providing a secure, reliable, cost-effective system of authorizing payment and managing transactions.
Security has been of special concern, especially since Sept. 11, said Shaffer. Through their secured gateway options, CSI can alleviate security concerns for their clients. CSI Mid-South is an affiliate of Cardservice International, one of the fastest growing transactions processing companies in the United States.
* Home-Based Business of the Year Award: Eventualities Inc. Diana Polsgrove started Eventualities Inc., a full service event planning and decorating company, eight years ago in Jefferson County, Ky. Polsgrove relocated to Oldham County about four years ago. Eventualities is the state’s largest balloon decorator.
According to Polsgrove, the company typically uses more than 200,000 balloons each year. While balloons are about 50 percent of the business, Eventualities also does complete event planning from concept to execution including sight development, staging, lighting, sound, pyrotechnics, decorating and entertainment.Various events coordinated by the company include corporate and private parties and events, weddings, bar mitzvahs, birthdays and even funerals. The busiest event times are the Kentucky Derby and Christmas. Polsgrove has only one full-time employee, her daughter, but works with 25 subcontract employees and a large number of vendors, entertainers and musicians.
“There are no bad venues,” said Polsgrove, who has done everything from large outdoor tents to warehouses. If it can be imagined, then Polsgrove can probably figure out some way to do it.
* Non-Profit of the Year Award: Oldham County Public Library. The Oldham County Public Library took top honors Non-Profit of the Year. With three branches and an administrative office, the library serves around 25,000 registered users, said Susan Eubank, library director. Eubank credits library personnel with being extremely public service oriented. “They always go the extra mile,” Eubank said.
“Of course, libraries always contribute to the community,” said Eubank about daily operations. It was the substantial improvements within the system set that this year apart and brought home the award, Eubank said. Physical improvements were made to all three branches, including new paint and carpet at the Mahan branch in Goshen, new computer furniture and display shelving at the Duerson branch in La Grange and a new children’s area at the South Oldham branch in Crestwood.
Additionally, the library installed a new automated, web-hosted system, said Eubank. Using this innovative system, library patrons can renew and reserve books, search the library catalog, read about programs and news and access their accounts from home via the internet at www.oldhampl.org.
The Oldham County Public Library has been in existence since 1968. In addition to books, periodicals, videos, compact discs and reference materials, the library currently offers a number of services to the community including adult and children programs, meeting rooms and audio-visual equipment, coin-operated photocopiers and 18 computers with full internet access and word-processing capabilities.
* Chairman’s Award: Minish & Potts. Showcase chairman Jon Bednarski presented Minish & Potts with the Chairman’s Award for the booth that best represented this year’s showcase theme, “Swing Into Spring.” In keeping with the theme, the company’s booth consisted a variety of blooming plants, including snapdragons and petunias, as well as a brick patio with a table and chairs.
“We also had a fountain in the corner and a few silk arrangements to represent the full line of our services,” said Mike Potts. Potts, along with partners Debbie King, Bill Potts and Brad Potts, own and operate Minish and Potts, a full service florist and nursery.
The company, with 15 employees, provides a broad range of products and services including floral arrangements for weddings, funerals, events and parties and complete landscaping from design to installation. The company has been in business since 1922. Minish & Potts, is located at 6348 W Hwy. 146 in Crestwood, Ky.

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