(Quad Cities) – YPQC and the Quad Cities Chamber announce the recipients of the 2015 Community Impact awards which honor the individuals and businesses that are helping bolster the Quad Cities’ as a cool, creative, and prosperous place to live and work. Recipients will be recognized at the Community Impact Awards celebration on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. at the Stern Center, 1713 3rdAvenue, Rock Island, IL.

"Every day, people in the Quad Cities are making strides to strengthen their businesses and this community. Together those steps add up to a big impact,” says Tara Barney, President & CEO, Quad Cities Chamber. "These awards recognize those businesses and individuals who are doing exceptional work in areas of attracting young talent, making the Quad Cities a better place to live, and using creativity and innovation to build a stronger company and community.”

In the categories of Small Business of the Year, YP Best Place to Work, and YP of the Year, three honorees have been selected and the recipient will be announced at the awards celebration.

Small Business of the Year recognizes outstanding businesses that have fewer than 50 employees.

  • Integrity Integrated works with individuals at all levels of an organization from emerging leaders to CEOs. They provide customized leadership training, executive coaching, leadership development programs, and keynote speaking services.
  • Keller Williams of the Greater Quad Cities thinks of themselves as a training and consulting company that happens to be in the business of real estate. They are innovators in technology and focus all activities in service, culture, productivity, and profitability.
  • RE/MAX Elite Homes has differentiated themselves in their commitment to being the most technologically advanced real estate office in the region. This has helped them attract top talent to their growing real estate practice.

YP Best Place to Work recognizes a business or organization that is excellent at attracting and retaining young talent.

  • Bush Construction has developed a management style that recognizes and maximizes each employee’s talents, allowing young professionals the opportunity to be strong contributors in their company. Forty percent of their workforce is under the age of 40. Bush Construction conducts in-house monthly training sessions, dubbed ‘Bush University.’ Bush University training varies monthly, from in-depth learning to topic specific webinars. Monthly roundtable sessions are also held that allow for discussions regarding their operating procedures and vetting processes to develop best in class practices.
  • KONE offers two unique young professional developmental programs. One is the Leadership Exchange program which offers KONE young professionals an opportunity to work with a global team to develop initiatives in areas of safety, communications, and customer relationships. The other program partners college recruits with a mentor who provides guidance and direction in the YPs career. Forty-three percent of KONE’s workforce is under the age of 40.
  • Vibrant Credit Union has a young workforce, with 70 percent of their employees under the age of 40. The organization has many programs in place to develop young employees. Some of these include their Leadership Development Program, Tuition Reimbursement Program, Corporate Cruise, which is a day-long shadow of all corporate departments; job shadowing, branch ambassador days, departmental training and individual development plans.

YP of the Year recognizes an outstanding regional leader under the age of 40.

  • April Boyer is an employee of the Isle of Capri and active board member of the Davenport Jaycees and YPQC. Boyer is described as an advocate for working smarter not harder, and for encouraging collaboration between organizations.
  • Brandy Donaldson works for MidAmerican Energy and as guest columnist for The Dispatch/ Rock Island Argus. She is actively involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley and Young Professionals of the Quad Cities. Donaldson also founded The Chemo Care Package Project, which seeks to help make local chemo patients more comfortable during their treatments by providing them with care packages.
  • Adriane Jacoby works for Deere & Company and is the President of Junior League of the Quad Cities. Jacoby’s nomination form states she believes that living, working and volunteering in an environment that strives to reach new levels of attraction, development and advocacy has uplifted and empowered her to give back to the community and to serve as a role model in influential positions so that others can have positive experiences in the Quad Cities.

The following businesses are winners in their given categories:

Me & Billy is the winner of the Hot Spot Award which recognizes the best place to visit after work or on the weekends. Me & Billy creates memorable experiences through special events to engage young professionals. They brought new life to a historic building in downtown Davenport, and offer a unique atmosphere from décor to food presentation that appeals to professionals, residents, and visitors of the Quad Cities.

Trimble Pointe is the recipient of the Innovation Award for their display of creativity and innovation. Trimble Pointe is a family owned local business that has quickly adjusted to market opportunities. The professional staff is trained to assist with a ‘we will take care of everything’ mantra to help all clients plan for their event, whether it is a funeral or celebration of life, volunteer recognition event, wedding reception, or any other occasion.

Child Abuse Council is recognized with the Next-Gen Engagement Award for their demonstration in embracing input and involvement by young professionals. Child Abuse Council is a bi-state, regional, non-profit agency with over 37 years of experience providing child abuse prevention, education and treatment programs for children and families in the bi-state metropolitan area and surrounding communities.

QC Food Hub is the recipient of the Regional Vitality Award, recognized as a leader in embracing regionalism in the Quad Cities. QC Food Hub serves as a link between the farm and regional buyers, and facilitates access to local and regional food by offering critical aggregation, marketing, distribution and continuing education to farmers.

"Over the past few weeks, it has been a pleasure to learn about not only the work these people and businesses do on a day to day basis, but also to see some of the transformative ways they make the Quad Cities a more vibrant and welcoming place to call home,” said Aiden Landman, Director of the Young Professionals of the Quad Cities. "It is an honor to recognize the honorees and recipients and lift up to the community their accomplishments and visions.”

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