Deputy Mayor Mark Becker, New Haven Mayor Terry McDonald and Allen County Commissioners Linda Bloom, Marla Irving and Nelson Peters will recognize area businesses for their 2005 contributions to Allen County's economic vitality at the 12th annual Business Expansion Awards Breakfast. The event, sponsored by Grabill Bank and Dahm & Elvin, LLP Attorneys at Law, will be held from 8-9:30 a.m., Thursday, May 11 in the Marquis Ballroom of the Fort Wayne Marriott, 305 E. Washington Center Rd.

Business Expansion Awards will be presented to 72 businesses that announced expansions of their operations in 2005. The award-winning companies announced over $400 million in new investments in 2005. These projects will retain over 8,700 employees and create over 1,700 jobs.