Ward, Craig Auto
win business awards
SBDC select them
to represent district at state
MADISON, Ind. Two Madison businesses were honored
Nov. 19 for their success and growth by the Madison Area Chamber of
Commerce and the Southeast IndianaSmall Business Development Center
at a luncheon
Ward, left, receives his Small Business Person of the Year
award from the chambers Jim Braun.
held at the Livery Stable in Madison.
Donald L. Ward, editor, publisher and owner of Kentuckiana Publishing
Inc., d.b.a. the RoundAbout Entertain-ment Guide, was named the Small
Business Person of the Year. Craig Buick Pontiac GMC and Toyota
earned the Family Owned Business of the Year as selected
from applications submitted to the chambers Small Business Council.
Accepting the award for Craig Toyota were brothers Joe, Andy and John
Craig, and their father, Jim Craig.
A native of Trimble County, Ky., Ward, 44, earned journalism
degrees at the University of Kentucky and University of Missouri. He
spent 15 years working for daily newspapers before moving home and organizing
his company in February 1999. He produced his first RoundAbout newspaper
in April 1999 a 28-page issue with 8,000 copies printed.
The newspaper has grown significantly in both size and number of copies
since its inception. Today, two editions of the RoundAbout are published
monthly, with an average of 47,000 copies printed and distributed to
a 12-county area in southern Indiana and north central Kentucky. He
also publishes 12 Special Sections and festival guides in addition to
by Don Ward
left Joe Craig, Andy Craig, John Craig and father Jim Craig accept
Craig Auto, meanwhile, is located on Clifty Drive in Madison
and began in 1975. It has received national recognition in its industry
nine times over the years, winning for such categories as profitability,
customer satisfaction and sales penetration. The company added a new
facility in 2001 and overall employment growth has risen from 22 in
1975 to 43 today.
All three sons are active in community organizations. Joe Craig serves
on the County Council. The company also supports many local activities
and is a primary sponsor of the Madison Ribberfest.
These first-time awards are scheduled to become an annual event, according
to chamber executive director Jeff Garrett. The two winners this year
will now compete at the state level. State winners will be decided by
officials at the Indiana Department of Commerce. Winners are to be announced
in April 2005 at a banquet in Indianapolis.
The two Madison winners represent a nine-county SBDC district, over
which director Linda Wood presides. She also serves on the chambers
Small Business Council.
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