The Wisconsin Family Business of the Year award highlights and celebrates the accomplishments and contributions of family businesses that make an impact on the Wisconsin business community. 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 for the good things you do in your community and your industry. A company’s marketing and employee morale benefit from being involved in recognition programs. In addition, the process of evaluating your company and putting your accomplishments on paper is a beneficial and rewarding exercise.

We received a nomination from a Kenosha company that was started by now ten year old Alex Upendo. Build-A-Bow, LLC makes and sells bow ties, and gives forty percent of their profits to efforts fighting bullying and incurable diseases. This year's judges recommended that the sponsors of the Wisconsin Family Business of the Year Award recognize Alex as an Outstanding Entrepreneur. Below are letters of recognition from our US Senators. The video above recorded Alex's speech at the May 4, 2017 banquet.

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