Indiana Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman joined business leaders from across the state on Jan. 6 to award Valley Screen Process Co. Inc. in Mishawaka, Ind., along with 19 other outstanding companies, the Indiana Small Business Development Center Network’s Economic Development through Growth and Entrepreneurship (EDGE) Award during a Statehouse ceremony.

Sponsored by the Indiana Economic Development Corp.’s Small Business Development Centers, the awards recognize clients of the agency’s 10 regional centers located throughout the state in two categories – emerging and established.

“We know the foundation of the Indiana economy is built on the ideas of entrepreneurs across the state,” said Skillman. “These 20 small businesses have continued to grow and create jobs for Hoosiers despite a very challenging national economy.”

During 2009, Valley Screen added nine jobs and continued its diversification efforts, showing remarkable sales growth in the third and fourth quarters of 2009. The Mishawaka company specializes in providing large format decorative graphics for recreations products, vehicles and fleets, and office, healthcare and retail spaces.

The company’s newest venture is a consumer-oriented website specializing in decorative graphic packages for children’s spaces and life-size wall decals made out of a digital photograph.

Valley Screen President Karen Barnett stated: “We are honored to receive the 2009 EDGE award from the SBDC. The Northern Indiana SBDC staff helped us with our diversification efforts during an extremely challenging year. As a supplier to the RV industry, we were hit hard by the economic downturn, and utilized the services of the SBDC to help us break into new markets. We were able to finish the year in a very strong position. We look forward to 2010 as we continue to grow our business into new areas including architectural graphics and consumer removable wall decor.”