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Preble County Annual Awards

Published: January 16, 2024

The Preble County Chamber of Commerce is gearing up to host its much-anticipated Annual Awards Gala on January 25, 2024, at the enchanting Wilderness Ridge Retreat and Conference Center. This annual event is a momentous occasion for the Preble County community, as it shines a spotlight on the outstanding businesses, individuals, and organizations that have contributed to the betterment of the community over the past year.

In the spirit of honoring excellence, let's take a moment to reflect on last year's award recipients, who set a remarkable benchmark for this year's nominees:

Outstanding Small Business - Miley Construction

Outstanding Mid-Sized Business - Skyline Chili Eaton

Outstanding Large Business - Bullen Ultrasonics

Outstanding Agribusiness - Preble Soil and Water Conservation District

Excellence in Leadership Award - Lisa White

Young Professional Award - Greg Ely

Educator of the Year Award - Kevin Kochensparger

Outstanding Non-Profit Award - Little Shoppe of Sharing

Community Improvement Award - Star Theatre

This year, we eagerly await the announcement of the 2024 awardees who have continued to make a significant impact on our community.

Outstanding Small Business

Small businesses are the backbone of our community, and the Outstanding Small Business award recognizes those that have demonstrated exceptional dedication, innovation, and service. These businesses often play a vital role in local employment and economic growth.

Outstanding Mid-Sized Business

The Mid-Sized Business category celebrates enterprises that have achieved substantial growth and success while maintaining their commitment to community engagement and corporate responsibility.

Outstanding Large Business

Large businesses wield significant influence in Preble County's economic landscape. The Outstanding Large Business award acknowledges companies that have made notable contributions to the community while excelling in their respective industries.

Outstanding Agribusiness

Agriculture is deeply rooted in the history and culture of Preble County. The Outstanding Agribusiness award honors those who have made significant strides in promoting sustainable agriculture, environmental stewardship, and agribusiness innovation.

Excellence in Leadership Award

Leadership is a driving force behind community development. The Excellence in Leadership Award is bestowed upon individuals who have displayed exceptional leadership qualities, inspiring others to create positive change.

Young Professional Award

The Young Professional Award recognizes the next generation of leaders who have already made remarkable strides in their careers and are dedicated to advancing the community.

Educator of the Year Award

Education plays a vital role in shaping the future of Preble County. The Educator of the Year Award honors educators who have gone above and beyond to nurture and inspire our youth.

Outstanding Non-Profit Award

Non-profit organizations are essential for addressing the diverse needs of our community. The Outstanding Non-Profit Award acknowledges the tireless efforts of organizations that have made a profound impact on the lives of residents.

Community Improvement Award

Community Improvement is a collective effort, and the Community Improvement Award salutes those who have taken the initiative to enhance our neighborhoods, parks, and public spaces, making Preble County a better place to live.


The Preble County Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Gala is a night of celebration, reflection, and inspiration. As we eagerly await the January 25, 2024 event, let us applaud the remarkable achievements of last year's winners and anticipate the announcement of this year's deserving recipients. These awards not only recognize excellence but also serve as a testament to the dedication and spirit of Preble County's businesses, individuals, and organizations in making our community thrive. We look forward to a night of celebration and community pride as we honor those who continue to shape the future of our beloved Preble County.

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