Community honors The Productive Assistant

Written on 07/09/2024
Patrick Munsey

Girton's business lands three awards from chamber, city, statehouse

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The hardware piled up for The Productive Assistant recently, as the business was honored with three awards for its work in the community.

Business owner Lisa Girton and her staff welcomed members of Greater Kokomo Chamber of Commerce and Mayor Tyler Moore to their new location along South Plate Street in order to receive the awards.

The Productive Assistant was named the chamber's Business of the Month for June 2024, and chamber manager Courtney Butler was all smiles as she announced the award.

"We're so excited to be able to be here and celebrate The Productive Assistant," said Butler. "You've done an amazing job in our community, and to see you thrive and give back has been awesome."

John Fansler, owner of Budget Blinds and co-sponsor of the Business of the Month program, gave a little background on The Productive Assistant. Founded 13 years ago by owner Lisa Girton, the business assists other small businesses with a variety of services, such as simple to high-end bookkeeping, accounts receivable and payable management, budgeting and cashflow management, and operations training.

"The Productive Assistant is rapidly becoming a go-to referral partner for several accounting firms and professionals," said Fansler. "They are community-minded and actually got their start at Inventrek (Greater Kokomo's business incubator)."

Mayor Moore then stepped up to hand out another honor, giving the city's Community Cornerstone Award to The Productive Assistant.

"We love our Inventrek graduates," said Moore. "The whole idea of the technology park is to allow these small businesses to spread their wings and fly. So, we thank you that you've flown.

"You've done a lot for the community. Your small business has supported so many others. Small business is the foundation of every community's economic development efforts. You are the epitome of this award."

A third award, the Hardworking Hoosier Award, was also bestowed upon The Productive Assistant. Indiana Rep. Mike Karickhoff was responsible for generating the award and having it announced on the Statehouse floor.

The attention was almost overwhelming for Girton, who humbly accepted the accolades while quickly acknowledging those who helped the business to success.

"Little did I know when I put this idea in motion that this would be happening," said Girton. "We wouldn't be here without our clients because it's always been about taking care of them first.

"And I definitely would not be here where I'm at today without my staff. They're just amazing every day. I thank you for everything you do. And our referral partners have always been fabulous. I'm truly grateful for where we are."