A growing local e-commerce company was recognized Wednesday with the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce's top annual business award.
Spreetail, which has its corporate office at Nebraska Innovation Campus, won the Cornerstone Award. The award, which honors a large employer that contributes significantly to the local economy, was presented Wednesday at the Chamber's annual Celebrate Business Awards luncheon at The Cornhusker Marriott hotel.
Spreetail got its start more than a decade ago as VM Innovations from a business making a couple million dollars a year selling refurbished computers to one with more than $250 million in revenue last year.
The company now has more than 450 employees, more than 200 of whom work in Lincoln, with additional offices in Omaha and Austin, Texas, as well as distribution centers in Lincoln and several other states. It plans to double employment over the next year.
The Chamber's top individual awards went to two men who have been serving the community for years.
Richard Herink, who was the Lincoln market president for First National Bank of Omaha from 2000 until earlier this year, was given the Burnham Yates Citizenship Award, which acknowledges a local corporate leader for business and charitable contributions to the city. Herink currently serves as chairman of the board of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Scott Young, executive director of the Food Bank of Lincoln, received the Roger T. Larson Community Building Award, which honors someone whose proven leadership and influence through public service has helped shape the community. Young has led the Food Bank since 2001, after a 28-year broadcasting career.
Other awards given out Wednesday were:
* Small Business of the Year, which went to Strictly Business Magazine, a local publication focused on local business news.
* Manufacturer of the Year, which was awarded to Zoetis. The company, spun off from Pfizer several years ago, employs about 650 people at its Lincoln plant making veterinary medicines and vaccines.
* Scheels was named Green Business of the Year. The sporting goods retailer is building a new 220,000-square-foot store at SouthPointe Pavilions that will open next month.
* The Entrepreneurial Spirit Award went to software company Don't Panic Labs.
* The Tourism Development Award went to the Lancaster Event Center.