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Signature Events

Signature events that will expand your horizons.

There is more to 1si membership than just belonging. In order to fulfill our mission, we also run a number of other key events throughout the year. So that you may fulfill your mission, these annual events attract members as well as local business and community leaders and decision-makers.

Don’t miss these big opportunities to propel your business into the spotlight – and join us for some fun along the way.


ACE Awards

A sister to the ONE Awards, the ACE Awards is a prestigious
program acknowledging the achievements of individual members in
Southern Indiana, including:

  • The Sam Day Professional of the Year
  • The James W. Robinson Young Professional of the Year
  • The Kevin Hammersmith Community Leader of the Year

This event draws an attendance of 250-300 business owners, community leaders and public officials to meet and network with the best and brightest in Southern Indiana.

Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting is one of 1si’s most important gatherings, giving members the opportunity to celebrate the past year, connect with some of the top business and community leaders in the region.

This event attracts approximately 400 members and gives members an overview of the coming year. The Annual Meeting also includes acknowledgment of member accomplishments over the year, and recognition of our current and incoming leadership. The meeting concludes with the announcement of the Ambassador of the Year, Chairman of the Year, Young Professional of the Year, and Economic Development Partner winners.

B2B eXperience

Not your everyday business expo.  The B2B eXperience features a keynote speaker during lunch, plus two panel discussions on various topics.  And let’s not forget the booth exhibitors, free for the public to attend!

Golf Scramble: Networking on the Green

1si’s golf scramble is one of the largest tournaments in Southern Indiana. This event takes place at one of two Fuzzy Zoeller’s golf courses and attracts more than 140 players, giving members an opportunity to meet other business professionals in a relaxed, social environment. With lots of prizes and sponsorship opportunities on offer, places at this event fill up fast.

Investor Celebration

This exclusive, invitation-only event celebrates the accomplishments in economic development in the past year as well as introduce potential investors to current patrons. It is a unique opportunity to meet the companies who have invested capital into the future of Southern Indiana.

MMA Manufacturing Summit

An event of the Metro Manufacturing Alliance, this invitation-only event is exclusively for manufacturers and invited guests.  The summit offers a unique forum where manufacturing CEOs and managers meet with their peers, discuss common issues and successes, and listen to timely, expert presentations on topics that apply exclusively to manufacturing.

ONE Awards

The Southern Indiana ONE Awards is a prestigious event acknowledging the achievements of businesses located in the Southern Indiana region. One of the longest running events of 1si, the ONE Awards is a highly competitive honor and highlights the best of our member businesses, their history and their successes over adversity. This annual event attracts more than 350 members.

Awards are given for:

  • Business of the Year (less than 50 employees)
  • Business of the Year (50 or more employees)
  • Business Retention and Expansion Project of the Year
  • Diversity Champion of the Year
  • Economic Development Impact Project of the Year
  • Growing Healthy Lives
  • Rising Star (Businesses 1-5 years in age)

Pearls of Wisdom

This breakfast event invites distinguished local business women to share their inspirational “Pearls of Wisdom.” Pearls of Wisdom is held four times a year and has quickly grown to more than 150 attendees.  Open to both male and female 1si members, it features a prominent female keynote speaker followed by in-depth table discussions and sharing.