Nominees Announced for 2014

11th Annual Wisconsin Family Business of the Year Award

Nominees for the Wisconsin Family Business of the Year Award are in! 

Automation Components, Inc. Middleton
Bergey Jewelry Mount Horeb
CCB, Inc. Racine
Dennis' Mobil Mart Brookfield
Find Accounting Software Milwaukee
Grimm Book Bindery, Inc. Madison
HM Graphics Milwaukee
Masters Gallery Foods, Inc. Plymouth
Michael F. Simon Builders, Inc. Waunakee
Mid-State Equipment Columbus
Mill Haven Foods New Lisbon
Peterson Wood Treating, Inc. Superior
Professional Construction, Inc. Waukesha
S&L Companies (Culver's Franchisee) Portage
Schmalz Custom Landscaping & Garden Center Appleton
Standard Process Palmyra
State Collection Service, Inc. Madison
Super Steel Milwaukee
US Venture, Inc. Appleton


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

Since the beginning of the program, the award has recognized businesses including 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 take place on May 1, 2014 at the Marriott West in Middleton for the nominees, their employees, nominators, family and friends.

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Nomination criteria

To be considered for this award, the nominee must be a Wisconsin-based family-owned private company and have intentions of passing ownership to the next generation.

Self-nominations are encouraged. Nominations can also be submitted by anyone close to the business, such as a client, banker, accountant, attorney, or other advisor. All nominations must be received by April 3, 2014.

Why nominate

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.

Want to Attend the Banquet?

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Ron's Refrigeration & Air Conditioning
Award Acceptance Speech

J.F. Brennan Company
Award Acceptance Speech

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