FEBRUARY 28, 2023 – JASPER, IN – Ed Cole, Dubois Strong President, was named ‘Businessperson of the Year’ at the Dubois County Chamber of Commerce Annual State of the Chamber event. 

Amy Gehlhausen, Executive Director of the Dubois County Chamber of Commerce, credited Mr. Cole with increasing the Dubois County workforce population through the Dubois County Relocation Impact Grant project, as well as leading the Dubois County Child Care Task Force, the Southwest Indiana Agriculture Economic Summit, and the Dubois Strong Enterprise Loan Fund which provides funds to new and existing small business entrepreneurs. Ed also spends time volunteering with several local organizations in Dubois County. 

Awards were also given to Young Professional of the Year – Cassie Williams, Principal of Cedar Crest Intermediate School – as well as Business of the Year, Farbest Foods. 

The event was held Thursday, February 23, 2023 at the Ferdinand Community Center in Ferdinand, Indiana. 

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Dubois Strong is Dubois County, Indiana’s collaborative, public-private partnership that maximizes community resources and assets to foster economic growth. Dubois Strong works to grow new businesses and expand existing ones with marketing, networking, training seminars, access to capital, site selection assistance and intellectual properties. The Dubois Strong philosophy is to make a business startup, an expansion or a relocation as easy and as user friendly as possible. Dubois Strong is the county’s economic development source for innovative entrepreneurs and thriving businesses. 

Samantha Knies Gray