The Knox County Chamber of Commerce handed out awards during its annual banquet last night at the Green Activities Center.
Jayne Bierhaus Young received the 2017 Women in Business award. Bierhaus serves as the CEO and Chairman of Wabash Foodservice.She has worked in every asset of the family owned business and volunteered her time to various groups and organizations.
Another family owned business, Charlie’s Carmel and Candy Shop was presented the Chamber’s Small Business of the Year. A fixture in the community since 1952, Chamber President Marc McNeece noted that Charlie’s has provided unparalleled customer service, countless memories and has been an enduring source of pride for Knox County residents.
The 2017 Business of the Year award went to Far Best Foods, Incorporated. Company President Ted Sager accepted the award on behalf of the company’s employees. He noted they are the ones who make it possible for their business to flourish and continue to grow. Far Best also owns JFS Milling in Bruceville and a Turkey Brooding operation in Bicknell.
Also at the Banquet, 1987 Vincennes Rivet Graduate Brian Bousley was the keynote speaker. Bousley attributes the friendships, values, and education he received while growing up in Indiana’s oldest city for much of his success in the business world.
Bousley is currently President of Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer which has been making a comeback in brewing business. New management took over the company two years ago and Bousley says they’ve taken a grass roots approach to marketing their product.
Bousley also offered some suggestion to Chamber members for keeping the community moving forward. He noted Vincennes has a lot of assets including tourism, the riverfront, agriculture and educational opportunities through Vincennes University.