The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce will host Small Business Week from Monday, April 17 to Friday, April 21, 2017.
The week includes a variety of events:
2017 Small Business of the Year Finalists Named
WAUSAU — The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce has announced the finalists for the 2017 Small Businesses of the Year Awards. Seventeen businesses and organizations have been named as finalists.
The Small Business of the Year Award recognizes business growth, community involvement, and innovative efforts in the Wausau Region and is a part of the 2017 Small Business Week. Applications will be judged by a secret committee and the recipients of this year’s award will be named at the 2017 Small Business of the Year Awards event to be held from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 18 at Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center in Rothschild. The cost for attending this program is $35 online.
The finalists in each of three categories are:
Business-to-Business category: Executive Cleaning LLC, Spectrum Insurance Group LLC – Weston
Business-to-Consumer category: Auto Select Inc, Buska Retirement Solutions Inc, City Grill An American Bistro, Clements Insurance Agency Inc, Featherstone Cabinetry and Design - Rothschild, Lightning Lube Auto Care Center, Sconni’s Alehouse & Eatery, Surgical Associates SC, Thunder Lube, U Paint & Party LLC
Charitable Non-Profit category: Junior Achievement of Wisconsin Inc – Northcentral District, Marathon County Historical Society, MCDEVCO Inc, St Vincent de Paul - Cabrini Conference, The Open Door of Marathon County Inc
To read the full press release, click here.
2016 Small Business of the Year Award Recipients Named
WAUSAU — The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce named the three 2016 Small Businesses of the Year Award recipients at a ceremony on the morning of Tuesday, April 19 at Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center in Rothschild.
The Small Business of the Year Award recognizes business growth, community involvement, and innovative efforts in the Wausau Region. Recipients were named in three categories:
Business-to-Business category: Creative Communication & Design is a Wausau-based, full-service advertising agency dedicated to growing Marathon County businesses since 1990. Owners Chris Liedtke and Cindy Baumann have forged their dream into a regional marketing leader serving national and international clients in diverse industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, consumer products, technology, and financial services.
Business-to-Consumer category: Jon Griesbach opened Griesbach Auto Service Inc in 1996 with the goal of providing the best customer and automotive service. Griesbach Auto Service maintains today’s automobiles and light trucks and offers quality pre-owned vehicles for sale at a pair of locations, offering exceptional client service and a system for superior client follow-up.
Charitable Non-Profit category: The Center for the Visual Arts Inc is a non-profit organization organized in 1982 that works to engage people in the visual arts, adding to the livability of the community. This is accomplished through free exhibits in three professional galleries, through art classes for children and adults, through the sale of original artist work in a gift shop, and by collaborating with other local organizations.
To read the full press release, click here.
Past Small Business of the Year recipients:
1981: PEPSI COLA BOTTLING OF WAUSAU
1982: WIMMER CONSTRUCTION
1983: KOHLMAN’S IGA
1984: BADGER INTERNATIONAL
1985: HADLEY OFFICE PRODUCTS INC
1986: L & S ELECTRIC INC
1987: FRED MUELLER AUTOMOTIVE INC
1988: BECKER COMMUNICATIONS INC
1989: CW PAPER
1990: SOMETHING’S BREWING
1991: HSU’S GINSENG ENTERPRISES INC
1992: WAUSAU CARRIERS INC
1993: KINZIE & GREEN INC
1994: RIISER ENERGY
1995: WAUSAU FINANCIAL SYSTEMS
1996: STAINLESS SPECIALISTS INC
1997: NORLEN INC
1998: IROW SHREDDING, RECYCLING & WASTE SERVICES
1999: G3 INDUSTRIES (FORMERLY WIRE MAID MANUFACTURING)
2000: CRYSTAL FINISHING SYSTEMS INC
2001: VORTEX TOOL INC
2002: REI ENGINEERING, WAUSAU CONTAINER CORPORATION
2003: PREVENTIVE DENTAL SPECIALTIES INC, WAUSAU CATERING INC-ROSE GARDEN BANQUET & CATERING
2004: VAN DER GEEST DAIRY CATTLE INC, MANAGEMENT RECRUITERS OF WAUSAU LLC
2005: J & D TUBE BENDERS, EVOLUTIONS IN DESIGN
2006: TD FISCHER GROUP, THE MINT CAFÉ
2007: LEWIS CONSTRUCTION INC, K-TECH KLEENING SYSTEMS INC
2008: WYNN O JONES & ASSOCIATES INC, LANDART INC
2009: MAJOR INDUSTRIES INC, HURTIS HEATING & AIR
2010: HOME INSULATION OF WAUSAU, BECHER-HOPPE ASSOCIATES INC
2011: KAFKA GRANITE, YACH'S BODY AND CUSTOM INC
2012: KULP’S OF STRATFORD, STINE EYE CENTER, BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF NORTHCENTRAL WISCONSIN
2013: RMM SOLUTIONS, YOUNG’S DRUG STORE, THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF THE WAUSAU AREA
2014: GREBE’S INC, FINISHING TOUCH SIGNS, BRIDGE COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINIC
2015: GREAT DANE PUB AND BREWING COMPANY, MUTUAL OF WAUSAU INSURANCE CORPORATION, UNITED WAY OF MARATHON COUNTY INC