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Nominees Announced for 2015

12th Annual Wisconsin Family Business of the Year Award

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

ADVENT - Advanced Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists Milwaukee
AppleWood Storage, LLC Madison
Badger Basement Systems Fort Atkinson
Brakebush Brothers, Inc. Westfield
Breuer Metal Craftsmen Beaver Dam
C.G. Schmidt, Inc. Milwaukee
Dental Associates Milwaukee
Enviro-Safe Resource Recovery Germantown
Fox Brothers Piggly Wiggly, Inc. Hartland
G&V Machine Company, Inc. Ixonia
Gellings Implement, Inc. Eden
Glacier Valley Ford Baraboo
HM Graphics, Inc. Milwaukee
Kalahari Resorts & Conventions Wisconsin Dells
Lake Arrowhead Campgrounds, Inc. Montello
LMI Packaging Solutions Pleasant Prairie
Milk Source LLC Freedom
Moyer's Landscape Services & Hometown Nurseries Stoughton
Nasonville Dairy Marshfield
North Central Group Middleton
R&R Insurance Services Waukesha
Remis Power Systems, Inc. Onalaska
Saris Cycling Group Madison
Shorewest Realty Milwaukee
Stan's Fit For Your Feet and New Balance Milwaukee Brookfield
Stebnitz Builders Elkhorn
Superior Die Set Corporation Oak Creek
The Roberts Group, Inc. Waukesha
Valley Cartage Company, Inc. Hudson
Yahara Bay Distillers, Inc. Madison



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 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.

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.

New Location for the 2015 Banquet! 


The Edgewater Hotel

Thursday, May 14, 2015

6:00 pm Cocktails
7:00 pm Dinner
8:00 pm Awards


Our 2015 Banquet will be held at the beautiful NEW Edgewater Hotel on Lake Mendota in Madison. Rooms are available if you plan to stay the night. Call 800-922-5512. For information about the banquet, call us at 608-836-7500, or email 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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