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Headcheese & Speedboat Rides Video - A look back at Seven Former Family Business Award Winners

This is a beautiful video featuring family business owners discussing the origin of their operations, succession, challenges, their legacy, and what it was like to win the Wisconsin Family Business of the Year Award. We produced this to mark the tenth anniversary of the award.

2014 Banquet Highlights

From Past Nominations

Automation Components, Inc.

For a long while we knew there was an aspect that helped us stay competitive in our marketplace. Sure, we felt that our products and customer service provided us an advantage over our competitors in terms of value. However, this award helped us take a bigger and more important perspective on why we are successful. We learned that family values that envelope the entire workforce and having the right mix of people who respect these values is actually what makes us so successful. The Wisconsin Family Business Award helps family based companies step back and reflect on why their situation, or story, should be acknowledged and shared with their employees, community, and customers. It was a great honor to win this award!

- Troy Schwenn, President of Automation Components, Inc.

Endres Manufacturing

Winning the family business of the year award was a great honor. We always believed that our business was special and unique and our commitment to employees and the community are very important to us. For us to be recognized among our peers was a great honor and one that we hold in very high regard.

The process of putting together the application was a great exercise for me. I was still in the early parts of my tenure at Endres and taking the time to write about what is special and unique about our business was a great learning experience. It forced me to put into words the traditions, beliefs, and history of our family and this business. I have pulled out my copy of the application many times to reference important facts or to create other documents for marketing or employee education.

Our trophy sits proudly in our lobby for all to see and we feel is one of the most prestigious awards we have ever received.

State Collection Service

Winning the 2014 Wisconsin Family Business of the Year Award is an accomplishment everyone at State Collection Service is extremely proud of. The entire experience has been humbling and reminds us of the commitment we make each day to our clients and their customers. This award means so much to not only our family, but also to our employees, clients, and friends.


Glorioso Brothers

"My name is Michael A. Glorioso. I am a third generation Glorioso and the son of Ted and Maria Glorioso. My father, Ted, is one of the original partners of Glorioso Brothers Italian specialty food store. I am nominating my family's business as a way of thanking my father and two uncles for providing me a name I can be proud of."

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