Elkhart County’s Business Legacy Hall of Fame & Gala
Now accepting nominations for the 2020 Business Hall of Fame & Gala
Since its inception, Elkhart County has been known for its entrepreneurs, innovation and business leadership. Building on this, Junior Achievement & Lemonade Day serving Elkhart County is excited to announce our annual Business Legacy (Hall of Fame) Gala.
Award Name & Categories
The recognition of these individuals are meant to preserve the history of Elkhart while celebrating our current business leaders for their leadership in our community. The recipients will be inducted into our “Business Hall of Fame” which will be a plaque with their story that will be displayed in a public setting.
The Havilah Beardsley Recognition
This award is presented to a “young entrepreneur” that has shown innovation and leadership in regards to creating a new business. The criterion for this award is for any young professional that has started a business and is the age of 35 years old or under.
At the age of 35 Havilah Beardsley created the first mill in Elkhart and later purchased the land, which is now downtown Elkhart. He is the father of Elkhart and has proven that young entrepreneurs can make a significant impact and legacy.
The C.G Conn Recognition
This award celebrates a business or individual that has made a significant contribution to manufacturing.
Charles Gerard Conn was as an Army Captain and POW during the Civil War. He later the inventor of the rubber-rimmed mouthpiece in 1875 and then founded CG Conn band instrument company which helped put Elkhart on the map as the band instrument capital of the world.
Business Legacy Hall Of Fame Award Winners
Traveling Hall of Fame Exhibit
Each year, the 10 inductees to the Business Legacy Hall of Fame and their stories are displayed on a traveling exhibit that is developed and curated by Ruthmere. It travels to free public venues across the county. Since the first traveling hall of fame exhibit began in March of 2017, over 17,000 people have seen it and it has been displayed at 9 different venues to date.
Special Thanks to Ruthmere
Brought to you by our Presenting Sponsors
Lifetime Achievement Award Sponsor
Woman Owned/ In Business Award Sponsor
Minority Owned/In Business Award Sponsor
Manufacturing Award Sponsor
Retail, Logistics and Distribution Award Sponsor
Young Entrepreneur Award Sponsor
Community Impact Award Sponsorship
Education Award Sponsor
Healthcare Award Sponsor
Technology Award Sponsor
Traveling Hall of Fame
Volunteer/Teacher of the Year Sponsor