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Family Business of the Year Award

14th Annual Wisconsin Family Business of the Year Award is now open and accepting nominations!

The award celebrates the accomplishments and the impact that family-owned businesses have on our communities, our economies, and our lives.

Since the beginning of the program, the award has recognized department stores, lumber yards, funeral homes, grocery stores, coffee shops, auto dealers, and construction companies. Businesses as small as two employees to as large as 6000 employees have been nominated. Businesses that represent what we think of as family businesses.

Each nomination is reviewed in-depth by a panel of judges composed of independent business leaders. The judges consider the family business' contribution to its community and industry, its positive links between family and business, and innovative practices it may use, among other things.

An awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center in Madison for the nominees, their employees, nominators, family and friends. 

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Why Nominate Your Family Business?

A nomination alone is an honor to the business and the family. Award programs are an effective way to bring positive recognition to the good that you do in your community. A company's marketing and its employee's morale all benefit from being involved in recognition programs. And, the process of evaluating your company and putting your accomplishments on paper is a great exercise.


Where have our Nominees Come From? Check the Map.

Size Categories

Small Under 25 Employees

Medium 25 - 99 Employees

Large 100+ Employees

What Does a Winning Nomination Look Like? 

Several past winners have graciously offered to share their past nominations with perspective nominees. Go HERE to view and download them. 

Recommend a Family Business for the Award 

If you know of a Wisconsin Family Business that deserves recognition, let us know and we will encourage them to nominate themselves. They could be large or small, may be in manufacturing, agriculture, service, or construction. Every industry has been influenced by the family values of family businesses. Click HERE to recommend a family business

Tips from the Judges

Winner Selfies

Empire Screen Printing - 2016
Badger Basement Systems - 2016
Botham Vineyards - 2011
Dave Jones Plumbing - 2013
Peterson Wood Treating, Inc.
Yahara Bay Distillers - 2015
State Collection Service - 2014
O'Leary Plumbing & Heating - 2008
Glorious Malone's Fine Sausage - 2012
Friede Construction - 2012
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