Secretary of State
Secretary Grimes Presents Statewide Award to Louisville Business

Press Release Date:  Thursday, September 17, 2015  
Contact Information:  Lynn Sowards Zellen
Director of Communications
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
(502) 330-9839

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes today recognized ID+A, Inc., a Kentucky company with facilities in Louisville and Lexington, as the inaugural small business winner of her offices “Corporations for the Commonwealth” award.


Grimes, the state’s chief business officer and chief advocate for civic engagement, launched the program earlier this year to recognize Kentucky businesses that demonstrate a commitment to corporate giving, a drive to improve local and/or regional social conditions and a culture of giving within their organizations.


“ID+A may be small, but its contributions are mighty, earning it a place on Metro United Way’s Terrific 25 for per-employee giving,” said Grimes. “Its commitment to Louisville goes far beyond its economic investment and the 40 workers it employs. I’m excited to recognize ID+A’s exemplary corporate citizenship by designating it as the first-ever small business Corporations for the Commonwealth honoree.”


ID+A’s mission is to combine innovative and interior design principles with leading-edge furniture solutions to create efficient, healthful and fun work environments for its customers. ID+A’s Louisville location was established in 1981.


In addition to Metro United Way, ID+A is actively involved with organizations like Cabbage Patch, Family Scholar House, Louisville Nature Center, as well as foundations with Norton Healthcare, Appalachian Regional Health, and Baptist Health. The company encourages its employees to also adopt a civic-oriented philosophy, offering paid leave to support charitable causes.


“I congratulate ID+A for its excellence in both the business and public sectors,” said Grimes. “More than 100,000 businesses have started in the Commonwealth since I took office, and I’m proud to spearhead this initiative to honor those, like ID+A, that go out of their way to improve their communities.”


Mark Eley, ID+A’s CEO, said, “At ID+A, we think it’s important to improve not just workspaces, but also the communities in which we live and work. We are glad to have the opportunity to give back and humbled to receive this award.”


Corporations for the Commonwealth recognizes one large (more than 50 employees) and one small (50 employees or fewer) organization quarterly through a nomination process that is open to the public. Ventra Plastics was previously announced as the inaugural large business winner. The deadline to submit nominations for the period ending Sept. 30 is Oct. 2.


Since taking office in 2012, Grimes has helped to grow Kentucky’s economy and give the green light to small businesses. For example, in addition to expanding and improving the Business One Stop Portal, Grimes has supported legislation that creates online crowdfunding opportunities in Kentucky and approves new generation cooperative associations to encourage development in the agriculture and energy industries.


During her first term as Secretary of State, Grimes has successfully sought more than ten bipartisan pieces of legislation – more than any other constitutional officer during the same time frame – to make Kentucky more business friendly and safeguard access to the ballot box.


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