New grooming

business on hilltop

A new animal grooming business, Chelsea's Topline Grooming, will host its grand opening Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The store is located at 3643 Clifty Drive.

Owner Chelsea Reynolds, 23, of Madison, has been grooming dogs since she was 14. She started in 4-H and continued to develop the skill by grooming and showing dogs for the American Kennel Club.

The business will be open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. And Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The phone number is (812) 265-5454.

Digital Dreams

wins LEAD award

Stephan DeLorenzo and Zach Rickets, owners of Digital Dreams, Inc., were awarded the Leaders in Entrepreneurship Awards Day (LEAD) business of the year award in the Young Entrepreneur category.

The Second annual LEAD winners will be celebrated and recognized at a Nov. 13 lunch at Kye's II in Jeffersonville. The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tickets are $30.

IKEC honors

two employees

Markt T. Geisler, production superintendent-operations at Indiana-Kentucky Electric's Clifty Creek Plant, recently received a 35th anniversary award.

Geisler joined the company on Sept. 5, 1978, as a laborer in the labor department. In 1979, he transferred to the operations department where he advanced to an assistant shift operating engineer in 1995 and to a shift operating engineer in 2002. In 2011, he was promoted to production superintendent-operations.

Jane Schafer, operating supervisor at Indiana-Kentucky Electric's Clifty Creek Plant, recently received an award for 30 years of service to the company.

Schafer joined the company on Sept. 19, 1983, as a laborer in the labor department. In 1985, she transferred to the operations department, where she advanced to an operating supervisor in 1999.

Friends of the Library

recognize members

The Friends of the Madison Jefferson County Library announced Hank and Connie Souza and Barbie Howdeshell as recipients of the third annual Ken and Helen McLain Friends of the Library Award.

The award was created to recognize Friends of the Library members who represent the spirit of the awards namesake.

According to a press release, the Souzas and Howdeshell have volunteered for Friends of the Library for more than a decade.

Switzerland County economic group wins award

The Switzerland County Economic Development Corp. received the Excellence in Economic Development Gold Award for its ongoing workforce skills initiative.

The award, presented by the International Economic Development Council, honors the best program in North America in the category of Human Capital for small communities.

"The Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize Switzerland County Economic Development Corp. as being one the leading organizations in the industry for innovation, creativity and successful strategies," said Paul Krutko, IEDC chair, in a press release. "These awards are meant to honor the organizations and individuals who are dedicated to making a positive change in their communities."

For some communities, local workforce data is a strong selling point to investing businesses. In others, however, data reveals critical issues that can offset other advantages a community offers to business prospects.

"In Switzerland County, we realized we could not effectively negotiate with prospects demanding a pipeline of skilled workers until we had constructed that pipeline for them," said Jon Bond, president of Switzerland County Economic Development Corp.

In 2008, as participants in a Lilly Endowment-funded regional initiative to raise the educational attainment and earnings of Southeast Indiana residents, the Switzerland County Economic Development Corp. looked at the workforce demands of regional employers, and compared the results to the available workforce data. "Those results made it clear that we had to do things differently," said Bond.

Five years later, Switzerland County Economic Development Corporation's EcO15 initiative assists residents seeking the necessary skills to enter, re-enter or reposition themselves in the workforce.

For more information about the Switzerland County Economic Development Corporation and its Eco15 initiative, please visit