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KeeFORCE, a leading corporate I.T. service provider in western Kentucky for 18 years, has announced Owensboro Music Center as the winner of the 1st annual Owensboro Xtreme Business Makeover.  The Xtreme Business Makeover represents a partnership of 20 successful, regional companies dedicated to helping other businesses grow and prosper in the Owensboro area.  The project will provide Owensboro Music Center with a “business makeover package” to help energize and enhance their current business operations.

Applications were accepted during a six-week period in January and February from businesses in Daviess, Hancock and McLean Counties of Kentucky.  Twenty local businesses applied for the $70,000 grand prize package. Each applicant then submitted a questionnaire related to their history and current business operations.  A panel of independent judges from the region determined the top-3 applicants and the ultimate Grand Prize Winner.  The judges where asked to make their determination based upon the criteria of “which business will benefit the most in the long term from the prize package being offered”.   Top-3 finalists as determined by the panel of judges for the 2016 Owensboro Xtreme Business Makeover (in alphabetical order) were:   Owensboro Music Center, Smith Hearing Healthcare, PLLC, and Wonder Whip.

Owensboro Music Center opened its Owensboro location in 1973.  The business provides sales and service of a wide selection of musical instrument and accessories. They offer music instruction of 10 instruments and voice to over 140 students ranging from 6-70 years of age. Additionally, they specialize in design and installation of audio/video systems for houses of worship, schools, auditoriums and businesses.

“Owensboro Music has shared the benefits and joys of making music for 43 years and we’re just getting started”, stated Gordon Wilcher, CEO of Owensboro Music Center. “Research shows that music improves lives in many areas including students who score better in math and other life skills. We are so honored to be selected as the winner of this $70,000 Xtreme Business Makeover.  The prize will definitely help us to continue to grow and expand the impact we have in the Owensboro Community.”

Owensboro Music Center will receive A Grand Prize worth $70,000 in free business products and professional services.   The 2016 prize package includes valuable business products and services from the following 20 organizations; The Cromwell Group, Dialog Telecommunications, Ebelhar-Whitehead PLLC, EM Ford, First Security Bank, GO Business, Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce, KeeFORCE, Greenwell-Chisholm, the Kentucky Mavericks, Lapekas HR, Media Works Advertising, Messenger – Inquirer, Money Concepts, Office Equipment Company, Owensboro Community & Technical College’s Workforce Solutions, Owensboro Convention Center, Red Pixel Studios, Thacker, Hodskins, Searcy & Knight, LLP, and WFIE 14 News.

For more information about the Xtreme Business Makeover, contact Joni Goodman at KeeFORCE at (270) 366-0646 or by email to