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Technological advances highlight year’s business developments

The business climate in Logan County took a turn for the better this year as a local entrepreneur and other business leaders led the way.

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ABOVE: The five award winners recognized at Thursday evening’s Stars in Business night of the Logan County Area Chamber of Commerce are, from left, Mike Minnich, Entrepreneur of the Year; Bev Henry, Ambassador of the Year; Jim Reed, Richard J. Rupp Award; Mandy Goble of Mary Rutan Hospital, Integrity in Business Award; and Jim Donnelly of United Way of Logan County, Non- Profit Organization of the Year They were featured in the Examiner on Oct. 9. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Mike Minnich of NetGain Information Systems speaks after receiving his award at the Huntsville Event Center. Looking on is outgoing chamber chairman Ron Zimmerly. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | REUBEN MEES)

And Mike Minnich, CEO of NetGain Information Systems that has been leading the area’s drive toward a more information-driven business atmosphere, was high among the five business leaders honored Thursday at the Logan County Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual recognition dinner that has been rebranded as the Stars in Business recognition. It was hosted at the Huntsville Event Center.

“We’ve had a lot of positive developments in the past year,” outgoing chamber chairman Ron Zimmerly said after the Thursday evening dinner and ceremony. “(Executive Director Paul Benedetti) has done a great job with economic development and trying to get Logan County in the forefront of manufacturing and warehousing.

“But technology is the future for a lot of the industries we are trying to attract and Mike (Minnich) is at the forefront pioneering that.”

Mr. Minnich, who created NetGain in 1995 as an area Internet provider that has grown to a statewide information technology presence, was awarded the chamber’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

“It is humbling to be among such good company with all of tonight’s winners,” Mr. Minnich said after the awards presentation. “For this to only be the second year of the award and to follow Jason Duff — to be considered in that caliber  — is quite an honor.”

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