The Journal Star invited readers to share honors businesses or employees received in 2018 as best of state, region or nation. Also included is a recap of the major awards presented by business organizations locally.
In the national art exhibition “American Landscapes 2018,” Lincoln paper artist Linda Stephen, founder of Linda Stephen Origami Art and Unfolding Communications, was awarded the Juror's Choice Award for “Recess at Freeman School, Beatrice, Nebraska.”
Handersen Publishing, an independent press focused on creating engaging books for young readers, won five national awards for children’s books in 2018. "Cinderella’s Other Shoe" won the Purple Dragonfly Book Award for best humor. "Yam Hill" by Lincoln author Tevin Hansen was a finalist for the Next Generation Indie Book Awards for best science fiction. Honorable mention from the Purple Dragonfly Awards went to "The Thumb Book of Kindness" for school issues, "So You Want to Learn Juggling" for educational, and "Felice the Christmas Fairy" for holiday.
Tom Miller, president of Lincoln Tent Inc., received the Legacy Award from the Cattleman’s Ball Association for his longstanding support of the event. Lincoln Tent has provided services for the Cattleman’s Ball since 1992.
Spreetail, a growing local e-commerce company, was recognized with the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce's top annual business award. Other Celebrate Business Award winners included Richard Herink of First National Bank of Omaha, Food Bank of Lincoln Executive Director Scott Young, along with Strictly Business Magazine, Zoetis, Scheels, Don't Panic Labs and the Lancaster Event Center.
Lincoln Trap & Skeet received the Club of the Year Award from the National Skeet Shooting Association for having thrown the most competition skeet targets by a facility with six skeet fields. This is the third time in 10 years LT&S has been honored.
Woods Tennis Center was named Missouri Valley Tennis Facility of the Year. More than 25 years ago, a group of Lincoln tennis enthusiasts who made the bubbles in Woods Park a reality dreamed that someday those bubbles would be replaced with a permanent building. That happened in 2017, with the dedication of the indoor facility with six courts.
Woods Tennis Center Executive Director Kevin Heim was named national recipient of the Tennis Industry Association magazine's “Wheelchair Tennis Champion” and was also named one of 10 Regional Wheelchair Net Generation Coaches for the United States Tennis Association. Other Nebraska Tennis Association and Missouri Valley Tennis Association honors for Woods employees were: Heim, Outstanding Diversity Achievement; Talor Wain, Contributor to Youth High Performance; and Kaitlin Roselius, Contributor to Youth Programs.
Leadership Resources was recognized for its achievements in leadership development, with its clients chosen by Leadership Management International Inc. as World Client of the Year.
Beatrice Ford Lincoln was selected as Dealer Rater’s 2018 & 2019 Ford & Lincoln Dealer of the Year. Beatrice Ford Lincoln has been honored 15 times.
Canopy Street Market, the first full-service grocery store in downtown Lincoln in decades, was presented the Downtown Trailblazer award. Other Downtown Impact award winners included bar owner Matt Taylor, along with Hudl, BikeLNK, The Schwarz and the block of businesses on 14th Street between O and P streets.