• 2019 Small Business of the Year Award Recipients Named

    The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce named the three 2019 Small Businesses of the Year Award recipients at a ceremony on the morning of Tuesday, April 23 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 and is a part of the Chamber’s annual Small Business Week.  Recipients were named in three categories:

    Business-to-Business category: Luoma Design Solutions Inc was founded by Dan and Leslie Luoma in 2004. The couple operated out of a room in their basement for the first year and have grown to include an office in Brokaw and will open an office in the San Francisco area later this year to service clients on the west coast. The company specializes in project management, as well as 2D and 3D drafting services.

    Business-to-Consumer category: Ruppel Chiropractic LLC opened in 2010. The clinic specializes in a few soft tissue techniques and active rehabilitation found nowhere else in the area. This specialty has propelled the business into an expansion of both their office and staff size. Doctor Steve Ruppel participates in running events and triathlons, helping him to better relate to his patients’ injuries.

    Charitable Non-Profit category: Wausau River District Inc is a Main Street America program that works with more than 220 businesses spanning 34 blocks on the east and west sides of the Wisconsin River. Throughout its 17-year history, the organization has worked with regional entities and local businesses to promote the River District as a place that residents can live, work and play.

    To read the full press release, click here.

  • Past Small Business of the Year recipients:

    Badger International (1984)
    Becher-Hoppe Associates Inc (2010)
    Becker Communications Inc (1988)
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northcentral Wisconsin Inc (2012)
    Boys & Girls Club of the Wausau Area Inc (2013)
    Bridge Community Health Clinic (2014)
    Center for the Visual Arts Inc (2016)
    City Grill Restaurant & Event Space (2017)
    Colby Metal (2018)
    Creative Communication & Design Inc (2016 )
    Crystal Finishing Systems Inc (2000)
    CW Paper (1989)
    Deluxe (FKA Wausau Financial Systems) (1995)
    Evolutions in Design LLC (2005)
    Finishing Touch Signs (2014)
    Fred Mueller Automotive Inc (1987)
    G3 Industries (FKA Wire Maid Manufacturing) (1999)
    Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co, The (2015)
    Grebe’s Inc (2014)
    Griesbach Auto Service Inc (2016)
    Hadley Office Products Inc (1985)
    Home Insulation Company of Wausau Inc (2010)
    Hsu’s Ginseng Enterprises Inc (1991)
    Hurtis Heating & Air Conditioning Inc (2009)
    IROW Shredding, Recycling & Consulting (1998)
    J & D Tube Benders Inc (2005)
    Junior Achievement of Wisconsin Inc - Northcentral District (2017)
    K-tech Kleening Systems Inc (2007)
    Kafka Granite LLC (2011)
    Kinziegreen Marketing Group (FKA Kinzie & Green Inc) (1993)
    Kohlman’s IGA (1983)
    Kulp’s of Stratford LLC (2012)
    L & S Electric Inc (1986)
    LandArt Inc (2008)
    Lewis Construction Inc (2007)
    Major Industries Inc (2009)
    Management Recruiters of Wausau LLC (2004)
    Mint Cafe Inc, The (2006)
    Mutual of Wausau Insurance Corporation (2015)
    Norlen Inc (1997)
    Pepsi Cola Bottling of Wausau (1981)
    Preventive Dental Specialties Inc (2003)
    REI Engineering Inc (2002)
    Riiser Energy (1994)
    RMM Solutions Inc (2013)
    Something’s Brewing LLC (1990)
    Spectrum Insurance Group LLC (2017)
    Stainless Specialists Inc (1996)
    Stine Eye Center LLC (2012)
    TCTeardrops (2018)
    TD Fischer Group Inc (2006)
    United Way of Marathon County Inc (2015)
    Van Der Geest Dairy Cattle Inc (2004)
    Vortex Tool Inc (2001)
    Wausau Carriers Inc (1992)
    Wausau Catering Inc - Rose Garden Banquet & Catering (2003)
    Wimmer Construction Inc (1982)
    Wausau Container Corporation (2002)
    The Women's Community (2018)
    Wynn O Jones & Associates Inc (2008)
    Yach’s Body & Custom Inc (2011)
    Young’s Drug Store (2013)

  • Upcoming Chamber Events