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12th Annual Wisconsin Family Business of the Year Award

Winners Announced!

Grand Awards

  • C. G. Schmidt, Inc., Milwaukee Large Company - Profile
  • Breuer Metal Craftsmen, Beaver Dam Medium Company - Profile
  • Gellings Implement, Inc., Eden Small Company - Profile

Special Awards/Title

  • Kalahari Resorts & Conventions, Wisconsin Dells “Fire Driven Passion” - Profile
  • Milk Source, LLC, Freedom “Innovation and Sustainability” - Profile
  • Moyer’s Landscaping, Stoughton “Deep Family Roots” - Profile
  • Nasonville Dairy, Marshfield “You Feta Believe” - Profile
  • Stan’s Fit for Your Feet, Milwaukee “Sole of the Family” - Profile
  • Yahara Bay Distillers, Inc., Madison “Spirits of Madison” - Profile

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 was held on May 14, 2015 at the New Edgewater Hotel in Madison for the nominees, their employees, nominators, family and friends.


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Size Categories

Small Company: 1 - 50 Employees

Medium Company: 51 - 100 Employees

Large Company: Greater than 100 Employees

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 1, 2015.


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.

Acceptance Speeches - A Night to Remember

Gellings Implement, Eden - Grand Award - Small Company

Breuer Metal Craftsmen, Beaver Dam - Grand Award - Medium Company

C. G. Schmidt, Milwaukee - Grand Award - Large Company

Photos from the Banquet

There are some great photos from the May 14 Banquet. Take a look. Download what you want. If you would like a high resolution version of a photo, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  


2015 Banquet Keynote Speaker

We are excited to announce that our keynote speaker is Carl Corey. Carl is a Wisconsin-based author and photographer who published a book titled "For Love and Money - Portraits of Wisconsin Family Businesses". Carl will tell stories of the many family businesses he has encountered in his travels. 

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