Historical Awards

Every year we celebrate organizations and individuals who have partnered with us to help build the local economy “one business at a time.” Our banking partners, community leaders, economic developers, entrepreneurs, government officials, and Startup Cincy ecosystem partners gather to celebrate our region.

Growth Lab

Larry Albice Entrepreneurship Award

Established in honor of the late Larry Albice who served on the Board of Trustees from 1993 until 1998, and Board Chair from 1995-1997. In 1996, he played a key role in the expansion of the incubator program. Mr. Albice was named the first recipient of this award in his honor in April 1998.

Recipients of the award are individuals recognized for the drive and spirit to build an entrepreneurial enterprise, and the generosity in sharing success with others through community involvement. Those who succeed at entrepreneurship and yet give back generously to the community are to be commended. Larry Albice was such a person.

To win this award, one must be an entrepreneur, having created or developed an enterprise, and be involved in community organizations or projects as an active participant.

1998- 

Larry Albice

1999- 

Craig Robinson

2000

Rich Torbeck

2001

Durk G. Rorie

2002

Crystal Faulkner

2003

Gary Thompson

2004

Bob Coughlin

2005

Robert D Scallan

2006

Tony Shipley

2007

Robert B Daly

2008

Brent Messmer

2009

Randy Wilhelm

2010

Bob Igoe

2011

Tillie Hidalgo Lima

2012

Jack Wyant

2013

None Awarded

2014

Mel Gravely

2015

Bill Cunningham

2016

John Ward

2017

Bill Hagerty

2018

Susan Ingmire

2019

Mark Lacker

2020

Pete and Sally Kay

2021

Daniel Kincaid

2022

Brian Tibbs

Growth Lab Client of the Year

1992

Dyna Comp

1993

R.T. Systems

1994

Vantage Orthopedics

1995

MHI

1996

Modal Shop

1997

QSS Information Systems

1998

Premier Network Solutions

1999

Domain-It

2000

Best Express Foods, Inc.

2001

SDL

2002

DminSite

2003

Safety First, Inc

2004

Matrix Claims Management

2005

Private Health News

2006

ProSum Technologies

2007

Productive Engineering

2008

Mobile TEK 

2009

Emersion Design, LLC

2010

ZebraMobile, Inc

2011

Lookout Advisors

2012

General Nano

2013

RiskAware

2014

Get Noticed Get Found

2015

The Novak Consulting Group

2015

The Novak Consulting Group

2016

Eccrine Systems

2017

Precision Pro Golf

2018

SureFire Innovations

2019

Veelo Tech

2020

Sense Neuro

2021

Taiga Data

2022

Resolution Air

 2023
RE-Assist 
   
1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
Larry Albice
Gary Thompson
Robert D Scallan
2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
John Ward
Anu Vissa
Chad Edwards

Economic Development

Ronald Schallick Economic Development Award

For over 10 years Ron Schallick served as a trusted volunteer advisor and leader on the Board of Directors and as Vice Chair and Chair. He played a pivotal economic development role in helping transform the Aventis facility in Reading, Ohio into a multi-user manufacturing and R&D campus, thereby preserving over 600 good-paying jobs in our community. His insight and analysis also proved critical in the strategic direction for our activities and programs.

Mr. Schallick passed away on July 4, 2009, after battling a variety of health issues. In recognition of his contributions in promoting economic development in Hamilton County, our Annual Economic Development Award was named in his honor.

Todd Portune Innovation Award

2018

Todd Portune

2019

Kelly Kolar

2020

Deborah Davis

2021

Nancy Aichholz

 2022
Anu Vissa

Commercial Capital

Borrower of the Year

2021 Renamed to David Main Lending Project of the Year

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