Greater Findlay Inc. Presents Awards To Small Businesses

Published: October 16, 2009

Flag City Water and Journey Salon & Day Spa owners Kyle and Megan Reichenbach were among the small businesses and entrepreneurs honored Thursday at the 2009 Small Business Awards luncheon. The program was presented by Greater Findlay Inc. and Findlay Publishing Co.

The awards are as follows:

  • Flag City Water won the Small Business of the Year award. It started in 1979 with one employee, generating $150,000 in business offering residential water treatment. Flag City Water today employs 13 and generates about $2 million in sales. It has expanded into “total water management” and commercial and industrial services, offering bottled water and water coolers,pond water treatmentpond water fountains and aerators and chemical treatment services.
  • The Reichenbachs won the Small Business Person of the Year award. Their Journey Salon & Day Spa was started in 2002 with six employees and has grown to 19. Sales have grown 600 percent since 2002. Journey Salon & Day Spa offers salon and spa services, including therapeutic, hot stone and relaxation massage, manicures, pedicures, makeup design, waxing, facials and body wraps.
  • Pry Professional Group was named Professional of the Year. Revenue at the certified public accounting firm has grown 12 percent in the past three years.
  • Karla Lewis, owner of Flag City Online, won the Women in Business Champion of the Year Award. Flag City Online is an online directory for the community and offers small businesses the opportunity to network and support each other.
  • Smart Sites Imaging Co-owners Kendra Saldana and Jodi McGuire won the Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Smart Sites is a Web design company.
  • Rowmark received the Small Business Manufacturing Excellence Award. Rowmark manufactures signs and engraving materials.
  • Nissin Brake Ohio was named Small Business Exporter of the Year. It exports more than 20 percent of the brake systems it manufactures. Most of them go to Canada and Mexico.
  • Hancock County Agricultural Society was named Agriculture Enterprise Champion of the Year.
  • Angel Hands Massage Therapy was named Diversity Small Business Champion of the Year.
  • The Fern Cafe was named Family Owned Small Business Champion of the Year.
  • The Arts Partnership won the Champion of Downtown Award.
  • Lynn Child, chairman of CentraComm Communications and chairman and chief executive officer of Aardvark Inc., won the ATHENA Award.
  • Linda DeArment, chief development officer for the Blanchard Valley Hospital Foundation, won the Distinguished Leadership Award.
  • Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation won the Dennis Russell “Our Spirit Shows” Award.
  • The Community Partner Award went to 15 Downtown restaurants who supported the “World of Downtown” Restaurant Tour: Waldo Pepper’s; Bistro on Main; Coffee Amici; Elks Lodge; Japan West; Joey Fratello’s Pizzeria; Katie’s Kids’ Cafe; Main Street Deli; Morey’s; Revolver; Rocking U; Rossilli’s; Tavern at the Inn; The Gathering, and The Greek Garden.

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