Award winners

RoundAbout’s Ward, Craig Auto
win business awards

Chamber, SBDC select them
to represent district at state

Staff Report

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

Don Ward

Photo provided

Don Ward, left, receives his “Small Business Person of the Year” award from the chamber’s 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 chamber’s 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 the RoundAbout.

Craig Auto Award

Photo by Don Ward

From left Joe Craig, Andy Craig, John Craig and father Jim Craig accept their award.

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 chamber’s Small Business Council.

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