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Business of the Month Spotlight
United Midwest Savings Bank
The Logan County Chamber of Commerce has selected United Midwest Savings Bank as the Business of the Month for the Month of February.
United Midwest Savings Bank is an independent, privately owned, federally chartered institution offering a variety of banking services to their business and consumer customers. In 1889, United Midwest Savings Bank opened their doors in DeGraff and has since expanded to be the 13th largest SBA lender in the country. Even though they've grown, they've never forgotten their small hometown roots in Logan County.
"In addition to our national ranking, United Midwest Savings Bank was recently awarded as a Top 10 Lender for SBA Fiscal Year 2019 for the Columbus District Office of the SBA," said Kristen Livecchi, Vice President of Marketing. "While United Midwest's products, services and expertise have the feel of a small community bank, our reach is of a national brand. We never forget our roots as a local bank, and we view that as our advantage - providing our customers and businesses with financial services is at the core of what we do. As a part of our company culture, we are committed to exceeding expectations of our customers through executional excellence."
United Midwest primarily has four pillars: Business Lending, Retail (consumer) Lending, Residential Lending and Personal Banking, with an emphasis on savings and CDs. One of their divisions is the Piano Credit Company and is one of the leaders in financing for pianos in the country.
Since the start of COVID-19 in March, the lobby at United Midwest has been closed but they continue to operate via the drive thru and with appointments available for in-branch access.
"We are fully committed to providing our customers with the service they expect from us, in a safe environment for all," said Kristen.
Chamber Director, Lydia Hess, says the involvement that United Midwest Savings Bank has in Leadership Logan County (one of the many programs the Chamber provides), has been hard to overlook.
"As a participant in this year's Leadership Logan County program and one of 12 Chamber Ambassadors, Kristen Hall, Branch Manager of United Midwest Bank, is a regular and welcome face around the Chamber office," said Lydia. "We truly value the strong relationship United Midwest has with Logan County as a whole."
United Midwest Savings Bank truly finds value in their Chamber membership.
"We believe in supporting the communities where you find our offices," said Kristen Livecchi. "That support extends beyond our customers to the local businesses, schools, government and non-profits and we view the Logan County Chamber of Commerce as a partner in our efforts."
Please join us in congratulating United Midwest Savings Bank on being selected as the Business of the Month.
2020 Stars In Business Award Winners
Matt Wiley - Max Evans Tourism Award Winner
This award is presented annually by the Chamber and Visitors Bureau Council to a person who exhibits hospitality to visitors and tourists in our community and for tirelessly working to promote Logan County attractions.
This year's winner is Matt Wiley, the executive director at Marmon Valley Farm. Matt grew up at Marmon Valley Farm as the son of the owners, Bill and Phyllis. He fondly became known as "Wrangler Matt" and his parents handed the reins over for the business and ministry in 1984.
Logan County Farmers Market - Nonprofit of the Year
The Non-Profit of the Year award is given to an agency that shows dedication to improving lives and strengthening our community.
The Logan County Farmers Market began in 1996 with 5 vendors who cared about how food was grown, where it came from, and sharing these values with the local community. It has been the work of the dedicated Vendors, Customers, Board Members, and various volunteers over time that brought this organization to a day where they are able to welcome 20+ vendors and over 750 families each week, add value to the local economic systems, and provide for families in Logan County.
Jacob Schroeder - Young Professional of the Year
The Young Professional of the Year Award is given to an applicant who has devoted time to improving the quality of life of others through civic and community service and is actively developing leadership skills and demonstrating growth towards future goals.
Jacob Schroeder is the CEO and founder of Ascend Consulting, the Co-Founder of Hydda Living and the Co-Founder of Ideation: Think Forward. Jacob launched Ascend in 2017 with a passion to help small business owners truly understand and scale their businesses. As a Logan County native, Jacob is so grateful for the amazing community that Logan County has become and hopes that other young professionals are inspired to make Logan County their home.
P. Allan Properties - Emerging Business Award Winner
The Emerging Business of the Year Award is presented to a business who exemplifies a unique business idea, marketing approach or management style that have contributed to its growth and success.
P. Allan Properties was started in 2016, when Patrick and Jenna James returned home to Logan County after 11 years of service in the U.S. Air Force. Over the past 3 years, they, along with their Director of Operations and part-owner, Tyler Thompson, have grown from owning and operating a single duplex rental to 52 residential & commercial rental units.
City Sweets & Creamery - Small Business of the Year
The Small Business of the Year Award is presented to an independently owned Logan County business that is financially strong and profitable and has shown a history of growth.
City Sweets and Creamery began in February 2015 after the success of owner Angie Hall's original business, the Donut Shop & Bakery on the Lake. From fresh donuts – still made from scratch daily – to cookies, cupcakes, brownies, pastries, and ice cream, City Sweets and Creamery fulfills any sweet craving, and has become a staple of downtown Bellefontaine.
Steve Buchenroth - Entrepreneur of the Year Award
The Entrepreneur of the Year Award is given to an individual who has made a significant investment and impact on Economic Development in Logan County. The award winner exhibits an innovative spirit and willingness to take risks to provide products, services and employment opportunities for our community.
Steve Buchenroth is a 1980 graduate of Indian Lake High School and a 1986 graduate of The Ohio State University, and today is the owner of Midwest Corporate Air and World Class Plastics, Inc. Midwest Corporate Air trains over 200 pilots each year from nearly every state in the nation. To date, they have trained over 1,000 multi-engine pilots and several hundred Certified Flight Instructors. World Class Plastics employs over 90 people to produce injection-molded products for customers in the automotive, medical, industrial, and aerospace markets.
Dairy Queen of Bellefontaine - Integrity in Business Award Winner
The Integrity in Business Award is presented to a business that is recognized for providing quality service with honesty and probity to the Logan County Community.
Graduates of Bellefontaine High School, Chris Leasure and Dal McDonald are lifelong Logan County residents and supporters of our community. Dairy Queen regularly employs over 30 individuals, many of whom are high school students from across the county. Chris and Dal are always happy to support their young employees' fundraisers - anything ranging from yearbooks to senior prom.
Doug Zimmerman - Richard J. Rupp Leadership Award Winner
The Richard J. Rupp Leadership Award is given to an individual who has made a significant impact in Logan County with his/her outstanding leadership skills. In addition, they are recognized for their commitment, vision and dedication to our community.
Since beginning in the Real Estate industry almost 40 years ago, Doug Zimmerman has worked tirelessly for the betterment of his community. While growing his own real estate company and participating in numerous professional leadership positions at the local, regional and state levels, Doug has used his resources and experiential knowledge to generously support and promote local schools and education, health care, community events, veteran's services, law enforcement, and church organizations. Preferring to stay out of the spotlight and pass the credit on to others, Doug works quietly behind the scenes, promoting our community. Doug never misses the opportunity to support an idea he feels will help Logan County continue to grow. Over the years, Doug has mentored many local young Real Estate Agents and business owners, hoping they too will continue to support the community they call home.