The Findlay-Hancock County Chamber of Commerce presented its 2022 Small Business Awards Wednesday afternoon at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts.
Each year, the Chamber recognizes local individuals and businesses that play an important role in community and economy building through their independent entrepreneurial spirit.
We spoke to Garden Central’s Mike Gomez after they were presented with the Family-Owned Small Business of the Year award and asked him what it means to win the award.
“Well it means quite a bit, it just shows you that with a little hard work you can get some things done and we appreciate Findlay for giving us the opportunity to do that here in this town.”
Mike’s wife Kim is the current owner of Garden Central which opened in Findlay in Spring 2008.
It is located at 430 East Main Cross Street in Findlay.
The other award winners are listed below.
Small Business of the Year
Presented: Feasel’s Garden Center & Gregor’s
Sponsored by: Premier Bank
Small Business Owner of the Year
Presented: Ken Rood – DNC hydraulics
Sponsored by: University of Findlay
Emerging Company of the Year
Presented: river + road
Sponsored by: Landesbank
Nonprofit Leader of the Year
Presented: Sue LehmanFindlay Hope House
Sponsored by: The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation
pro of the year
Presented: Chris Webb
Sponsored by: Old Fort Bank
Hospitality Award “Our Spirit Shows”.
Presented: Flag City Balloon Festival
Sponsored by: Hancock County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Farming Business Champion of the Year
Presented: Jackson Farms
Sponsored by: Citizens National Bank
Various Small Business Champion of the Year
Presented: Taco Fiesta Hinojosa
Sponsored by: Marathon Petroleum Corporation
do good! Forgive
Presented: Heavenly pizza
Sponsored by: City Apparel
Go Local Small Business Champion of the Year
Presented: Buckeye family farm
Sponsored by: First National Bank
Excellence in small business manufacturing
Presented: Werk-Bräu company
Sponsored by: The Companies of Tall Timbers Industrial Park
Presented: Annette Edgington – GSW Manufacturing
Sponsored by: Huntington Bank
Manufacturing & Distribution Leadership Impact Award
Presented: Cody Conaway – DNC hydraulics
Sponsored by: Gilmore Jasion Mahler
Downtown Champion of the Year
Presented: Burwick & Co.
Sponsored by: Fifth Third Bank
Family-Owned Small Business Champion of the Year
Presented: garden central
Sponsored by: Hancock Federal Credit Union
Customer Service Champion of the Year
Presented: Jack B
Sponsored by: Trust Company Family Offices
Women in Business Champion of the Year
Presented: city clothes
Sponsored by: WFIN-WKXA-106.3 The Fox Radio