CCI Named Large Business of the Year
The Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce Honors CCI as Large Business of the Year
(Beloit, WI.) On March 8, 2023 at their 96th Annual Dinner event, the Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce recognized Corporate Contractors Inc. (CCI) as the 2023 “Large Business of the Year.” According to GBCC President and CEO Aimee Thurner, “The board was looking for a company that has made a significant investment in the region including job creation, site location and expansion of new business opportunities, and CCI embodied all of these characteristics.”
CCI has strong ties to Beloit and has renovated or constructed many structures throughout the community, including ABC Supply Stadium, the Beloit College Powerhouse, NorthStar, and the Ironworks Campus. Even more, CCI has given back to the area in a number of ways. The company often partners with local non-profit organizations and schools while supporting city and county economic development operations to help direct positive change.
In addition, CCI not only offers high school graduates internships, it’s associates participate on local boards and organize donation drives and other local events, like the Dare to Dream Community Construction Zone, that are created to encourage young people to explore the construction industry as a career. In 2020 CCI also established the Power of Us Scholarship for this purpose. Funded on a volunteer basis by CCI associates who set aside some of their paychecks each week, the program has awarded $28,000 to 27 students since its founding.
In accepting the award from the GBCC, Brad Austin, President of CCI, thanked Diane Hendricks as well as the Chamber for the honor they bestowed upon CCI. He went on to say, “We are proud to be part of, and to have helped build, the greater Beloit community for the past 40 years. Personally, I find it humbling and immensely gratifying to drive around town and physically see the impact that the CCI team has made in all corners of this community. Of course, we are extremely grateful for the hard work and dedication of our incredible associates. And we’re also highly appreciative of the support we’ve received from this community, as well as our amazing project partners and build-team members. But we’re not done! We look forward to many more years of growth, prosperity and shared achievement within our community.”
The evening also included keynote speaker Captain Tim “Lucky” Kinsella Jr., USN (Ret), who talked about Leadership that SOARS as well as additional award presentations.
Laurence A. Raymer Headliner Award: Beloit College President Scott Bierman
Small Business of the Year: Beloit Senior Living
Entrepreneur of the Year: Stephanie Knueppel with Stateline Mental Health Services – SMHS
Ambassador of the Year: Kristi Amenda with Blackhawk Bank
Rising Professional of the Year: Jackson Wells with Smyth Grey, Inc.
Non-Profit of the Year: Beloit Meals On Wheels, Inc.
Ken Hendricks Community Spirit Award: Chief Andre Sayles with the City of Beloit Police Department