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On Sept. 30, the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce handed out its annual Celebrate Business Awards at a celebratory luncheon at The Cornhusker Marriott. The Lied Center for Performing Arts took home the Tourism Development Award and received recognition for exemplifying creativity in the development of the tourism industry.

The Lied Center for Performing Arts sees 150,000 visitors per year, 30,000 of those from outside of Lincoln, and those numbers continue to grow. Visitors come from all over the state, region, country and world come to Lincoln to enjoy the Lied’s world-class performances by top performing artists like the Joffrey Ballet, Bill Cosby, Bernadette Peters and Yo-Yo Ma.

Celebrating its 25th season as Nebraska’s Home for the Arts, the Lied Center continues to host an ever-growing number of people who come to Lincoln for conferences, corporate events and international festivals including the International Thespian Festival, Christ in Youth and the United Methodist Conference. During their time in Lincoln, the Lied Center’s 150,000 annual visitors also stay in Downtown Lincoln hotels, dine in local restaurants, and spend money at neighborhood small businesses. The Lied Center was also recognized for its collaboration with local hotels, restaurants, and other establishments to maximize the economic impact of Lincoln tourists.

“The Lied Center’s historic 25th anniversary season will feature artists like the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Broadway shows like Sister Act, Anything Goes and Peter and the Starcatcher,” said Bill Stephan, Executive Director of the Lied Center. “We fully expect that the 14-15 Lied season will make an even more considerable economic impact on the Lincoln community.”

Other organizations recognized by the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce include:

  • The Burnham Yates Citizenship Award, which acknowledges a local corporate leader for business and charitable contributions to the city, went to Tom Henning, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Assurity Life Insurance Co.
  • Tom Lorenz, general manager of SMG Lincoln, the company that manages Pinnacle Bank Arena, received the Roger T. Larson Community Builder Award, which honors someone whose proven leadership and influence through public service has helped shape the community.
  • The Cornerstone Award, given annually to a large employer that contributes significantly to the local economy, went to design and engineering firm Olsson Associates.
  • Hexagon Lincoln, which makes composite tanks for the distribution and transport of natural gas,  was named Manufacturer of the Year.
  • Paul and Stephanie Jarrett, owners of Bulu Box, a company that provides sample boxes of vitamins and supplements to subscribers, won the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award.
  • Sadoff Iron & Metal Company, a metal recycling company, was named Green Business of the Year.
  • The Small Business of the Year award went to local brewery Zipline Brewing Co.