BizVoice Earns APEX Award for Entrepreneur Profile

32137645The Indiana Chamber’s BizVoice® magazine earned a prestigious honor in APEX 2016, the 28th annual awards program recognizing excellence in publishing by professional communicators.

Tom Schuman and Rebecca Patrick authored profiles of three entrepreneurs (Max Yoder, Crystal Grave and Jim Hallett) in the September-October 2015 issue. The entry was selected for an Award of Excellence in the Writing Series category.

There were more than 1,600 entries. Grand Awards were presented in 11 categories, with Awards of Excellence recognizing exceptional entries in each of the individual subcategories.

BizVoice, with limited entries each year, has earned 79 national and state awards in its 18-year history. Learn more at

BizVoice Keeps Earning Accolades

Six recent honors from the Indiana Society of Professional Journalists and the national APEX competition raise the BizVoice total of national and state recognitions to 69. The honors received for 2013 work include:

APEX Awards of Excellence:

Indiana SPJ

One of the highlights remains a Grand Award in the national APEX competition for the “Let’s Make a (Business) Deal” five-story package in the September-October 2011 edition. Stories were written by Rebecca Patrick and Tom Schuman. There were nearly 3,400 entrants with 100 earning the Grand Award.

Chamber Communications Team Earns APEX Award

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce communications team earned an APEX (Awards for Publication Excellence) Award of Excellence in a 2013 national competition conducted by Virginia-based Communications Concepts.

The winning entry was a membership advocacy video that has been used in demonstrating the Chamber’s impact on public policy and the return on investment for its members. Eight members of the Chamber board of directors from throughout the state were interviewed regarding the organization and its efforts to help produce the best possible business climate. The Chamber partnered with WFYI Productions in compiling the video.

More than 2,400 entries in a broad variety of categories were evaluated in the APEX competition. Approximately one-third earned some type of recognition.

The Chamber’s BizVoice magazine has received 63 national and state awards over the past 14 years, including the prestigious APEX Grand Award in 2012. 

Celebrating the Grand(est) Award of All

Awards are cool. It’s always nice to be recognized for one’s work. We’re fortunate at the Indiana Chamber’s BizVoice magazine to fairly routinely (but never taken for granted) earn accolades for writing, design and overall publication excellence.

The latest of the 60 national and state awards is a big one – a Grand Award in the APEX Awards for Publication Excellence. 

The winning entry was “Let’s Make a (Business) Deal,” a five-article package written by Rebecca Patrick and Tom Schuman in the September-October 2011 edition. Stories included a focus on deals involving the Colts’ move to Indianapolis, different paths to growth for Franklin Electric and Herff Jones, information and analysis from authorities in the "business deal" world and a one-on-one interview with Mickey Maurer,  leading dealmaker in both the private and public sectors.

There were nearly 3,400 APEX entrants with only 100 earning the Grand Award, a first for BizVoice in this competition. In the writing categories, BizVoice earned one of 10 Grand Awards among 580 entrants. Although this was a writing category, kudos also go to creative director Tony Spataro for his design work on this package. The words shine a little more when there is a strong look to the articles and publication.

The judges’ comments on the winning entry: "Superbly researched, interviewed and written articles on the ‘art of the business deal.’ A range of valuable information from case histories to anecdotes to specific tips makes this series a worthwhile read."

Check out the stories under “Deal or No Deal.” If you are not receiving BizVoice®, subscribe today. Finally, special advertising opportunities in Indiana’s leading business magazine are available by contacting Jim Wagner at [email protected].

In addition, the work of Matt Ottinger (and others who contribute to this Building a Better Indiana blog) earned an Award of Excellence in the blog category.