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The ABBY Award program is hosted by the Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by the Aberdeen Development Corporation. The program recognizes outstanding businesses and organizations in Aberdeen and the surrounding area.
All of the awards, except for the People’s Choice award, are judged outside the community by professionals in the Chamber and Economic Development fields. The 2016 winners are:
Agribusiness Award: TN Tax Business Services. TN Tax Business Services does tax preparation and planning for farmers, individuals, businesses, partnerships and corporations as well as payroll processing and reporting and consulting. They started as a small tax preparation business that only had 2 employees working during tax season only, with returns done by hand on paper. But within the last 3 years have grown to 9 employees during the summer and up to 14 employees during tax season to handle client needs. The ag industry accounts for the largest portion of their client base and so they have focused their training and efforts on assisting their ag clients with farm income tax returns, understanding tax law, and watching ag industry trends.
Bridge Builder Award: Sanford AberdeenSanford Aberdeen is a full-service regional hospital attached to a multi-specialty clinic. They have implemented Sanford HOPE which is a health care exploration program that creates a pipeline for future healthcare workers. This year, Sanford supported 25 Central High School students in the program. In addition, they serve as a clinical site for students in a wide-range of health-related majors and they offer summer internships for administrative and clinical students. In 2016, Sanford Aberdeen will host two nursing student interns, three pharmacist student interns, two dietetic students, and EMS paramedic students.
Community Involvement—Business: Northern Valley CommunicationsNVC has offices in Aberdeen, Redfield and Groton, offering state-of-the-art telecommunications, Internet and video services. In the last 10 years, they have donated 150 books per year about South Dakota to local schools and they sponsor the NVC Power of Hope Radiothon for the Children’s Miracle Network. NVC also donates funds and supplies to numerous organizations and capital campaigns in Aberdeen. They also sponsor a tent at the Brown County Fair each year, providing free entertainment to fairgoers and supporting the fair. Their employees volunteer with numerous organizations and boards as well as participating in T-Shirts for a Cause each Friday where money goes back to local groups.
Community Involvement – Non-Profit: Sertoma ClubSertoma, comes from three very important words: Service To Mankind. Sertoma is a longstanding service club who primarily is known for their work with Storybook Land in Aberdeen. For 40 years the Aberdeen Sertoma Club has been a partner with the Aberdeen Parks and Recreation Department in the creation, development, and growth of Storybook Land. Each year 250-300 thousand people visit Storybook Land. In addition, Sertoma contacts all 5th grade teachers in the community and encourages them to have their students participate in the Sertoma Club Heritage Essay contest. They also host Camp Sertoma where deaf and hard of hearing children come and meet people just like them, without communication barriers. As a club they also financially support other area programs and non-profits groups as well as volunteering for several organizations.
Customer Service - Retail: The Teacher’s PetTeacher’s Pet, LLC is an educational supply store in Aberdeen, SD. It is their belief that all people are educators from the stay-at-home parent, the homeschooler, the public teacher, the college professor to the grandparent. They serve customers from Aberdeen and surrounding rural communities as well as others in 23 states. Popular areas of the store include the social studies and science department, as well as their section for students who have sensory processing or behavior issues. They also work with clients from the Vocational Rehabilitation Center to set goals and work on job skills they will need for future development.
Customer Service - Service: Aberdeen Federal Credit Union Aberdeen Federal Credit Union is a member-owned not-for-profit financial cooperative. They are celebrating 81 years of serving members, and have grown into a full service financial institution offering financial services for all stages of life. In June 2016, they were recognized as one of the strongest financial institutions in the country by Bauer Financial. As they grow, they continue to look for ways to serve and give back to our community. A great example of this is the Rising Star Competition that launched in 2013 through a partnership with Brown County Fair. Plus, every Friday they have a stand up meeting where management and staff come together and share “success stories” about employees doing great things, or when they go above and beyond to serve their members.
Health and Wellness: Lutheran Social ServicesLSS responds to the changing needs in South Dakota communities. Their mission: Inspired by God’s love, we care for, support and strengthen individuals, families and communities. LSS touched the lives of South Dakotans more than 50,700 times this year with a variety of programs and services statewide. LSS is one of the largest private non-profit social service agencies in South Dakota and serves people of all ages, faiths, races and economic status with professional, confidential and affordable services. They serve several communities throughout the state of South Dakota and in the Northeast Region cover Aberdeen, Watertown, Mobridge, Pierre, Sisseton and all communities in between that are in need of our services.
Manufacturing: Molded Fiber Glass South DakotaMFG SD has been in operation since 2008 and MFG Companies has been operational since 1948 – over 67 years. MFG has grown from 242 teammates in 2012 to 613 as of July 2016 and currently manufacture the 56.9 meter wind turbine blade. They are projecting continued growth and expect to add approximately 15% to the workforce by the end of 2017.They have a strong belief in education and support through many programs including having a full-time training coordinator who manages all training/education programs along with developing and managing the ESL and GED program where over 100 teammates are involved. They also offer tuition reimbursement with 13 participants actively seeking degrees ranging from two year technical schools through MBAs.
Professional Services: Dakota BroadcastingDakota Broadcasting owns and operates 2 FM radio stations in the Aberdeen market, Dakota 105.5 (KMOM) and 107.7 KABD-FM. They service the Aberdeen area and surrounding communities within about a 100 mile radius. The mission statement of Dakota Broadcasting is “To be the voice of truth, integrity, inspiration and service to others” Marketing consultants are all certified through the Radio Advertising Bureau, and utilize ongoing training from the South Dakota Broadcasters and the International Idea Bank. At least once a year they bring in marketing experts to work with their consultants as well as their clients. They believe they have some of the best leadership in the industry from people who have been in the business for years, and they are always willing to share their knowledge.
People's Choice: Great Plains OutdoorsmenGreat Plains Outdoorsmen is a local grass roots non-profit organization comprised entirely of volunteers founded in 2010. The promote youth firearms education, safety and ethics and also support the educational efforts of local organizations and programs dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the shooting sports and other outdoor activities. Financial grants are awarded for programs and for shooting range and facilities improvements which foster educational opportunities for youth, families and others interested in outdoor activities such as target shooting, competitive shooting, hunting, fishing and archery. In the past six years we have awarded over $679,284 to 48 different organizations in the surrounding area.