Annual Awards

Each January at our Midwest Partnership Annual Dinner & Meeting, we present two awards - the Guy Powell Award and the Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Guy Powell Award

Guy Powell, past president of the Midwest Partnership Development Corporation and active volunteer on the board of many other area organizations, was passionate about local and regional economic development.  He was a strong believer in the region’s potential. In recognition of his life-long dedication, commitment, and service, the Midwest Partnership Development Corporation has created the Guy Powell Award. 

Businesses and individuals who are members in Midwest Partnership Development Corporation are encouraged to nominate individuals who stand out as outstanding leaders in this area of west central Iowa, and who work to make it a more economically vital place to live, work, and play.

Those submitting nominations should consider: vision, leadership, courage and impact.


Past recipients:

  • 2019 Dennis Flanery 
  • 2018  Dennis Flanery
  • 2017  Jack E. Brown
  • 2016  Ben & Kathy Puck
  • 2015  Eric Tiernan
  • 2014  Dr. Scott Smith
  • 2013  Dale Grotjohn
  • 2012  Dr. Daryl Olsen
  • 2011  Gail Steward 
  • 2010  Michael & Rose Marie Vasquez
  • 2009  Doug McDermott

Entrepreneur of the Year Award 

The Midwest Partnership Entrepreneur of the Year Award is an opportunity to highlight and share in the successes of our small businesses throughout the Midwest Partnership Region. Nominees must be businesses based in Adair, Audubon, Greene or Guthrie County; and can be employees, owners and/or management teams who demonstrate some level of entrepreneurial success with their area firm. Self-nominations are accepted.

Success can be defined as significant increase in sales, securing a large contract, innovative process or entrepreneurial ideas that result in meaningful performance improvements in the firm. Success may also be from within the community, a positive workplace initiative, an example of community volunteerism and/or can simply be a unique product or service offering.

Judging will be based on the specific achievements highlighted in the award application, as well as impact to the region at-large, company employees, customers and other area businesses.

Past recipients:

  • 2017  Brad & Becky Kramer, Kramer's Cafe & Orient Lofts
  • 2016  Meg & Chad Gleason, Moglea
  • 2015  Vaugh Bauer, Bauer Built
  • 2014  Rich & Reagan Osborne, Greene Bean Coffeehouse & Roastery


Download the nomination form for the Guy Powell Award or the Entrepreneur of the Year Award and submit to Sarah Gomez by January 7th, 2019 to, or by mail to Midwest Partnership, PO Box 537, Stuart, IA 50250.

Awardees will be announced at the 2019 Midwest Partnership Annual Dinner on January 24th at Lake Panorama National Resort & Conference Center. 

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