Awards

MARKETPLACE runs a competitive awards program to recognize Wisconsin companies that exemplify growth excellence, with dedicated award categories for larger and smaller, newer and more established businesses. In addition, the conference honors individuals and organizations that are providing leadership in the business communities served by MARKETPLACE.

For 2019, awards have been expanded to include Wisconsin-based minority, woman and service-disabled veteran-owned businesses certified by the agencies listed below. Applications are due Thursday, Aug. 1. To receive an application, please contact Seyoum Mengesha.

Certifying agencies

State of Wisconsin

DOA Supplier Diversity Program
(MBE, WBE, DVB)

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

Vets First Verification Program

Wisconsin Department of Transporation

Unified Certification Program
(DBE)

Award categories

Outstanding Large Business Awards

For companies with more than 25 employees  (full- and part-time)

Recognizes Wisconsin-based certified business enterprises with 25 or more employees that have demonstrated the capacity to grow over the past five years, with plans to continue expanding in the future

Outstanding Small Business Awards

For companies with 25 employees or fewer (full- and part-time)

Recognizes Wisconsin-based certified business enterprises with 25 or fewer employees that have demonstrated the capacity to grow over the past five years, with plans to continue expanding in the future

Rising Star Awards

Recognizes Wisconsin-based emerging certified business enterprises established on or after Jan. 1, 2015, that have strong growth potential by virtue of their past performance, innovative products or services, business team or other distinct competitive advantage

To be eligible for an award in the current year, the company cannot have won that same award category under the same certification in the past five years.

2018 Business Excellence Award Winners

Outstanding Large Business Awards

For companies with 25 employees or more

Winner: MARS IT Corp.dba MARS Solutions Group of Wauwatosa – MBE

Runner-Up: Convenience Electronics, Inc. of McFarland – MBE

Runner-Up: ALLCON, LLC of Butler – MBE

Winner: Duwe Metal Products, Inc. of Menomonee Falls – WBE

Runner-Up: Premier Medical Staffing Services, LLC of Milwaukee – WBE

Runner-Up: Security Officer Services, Inc. of Milwaukee – WBE

Winner: U.S. Vet General Contracting, LLC of McFarland – DVB

Outstanding Small Business Awards

For companies with 25 employees or fewer

Winner: Quintec Integration, Inc. of Waukesha – MBE

Runner-Up: Great Impressions LLC of Milwaukee – MBE

Runner-Up: PeroDigm Design Studio, LLC of Cambridge – MBE

Winner: Stormwater Solutions Engineering, LLC of Milwaukee – WBE

Runner-Up: Superior Structural Corp. of New Berlin – WBE

Runner-Up: Top Tier, LLC of Reedsburg – WBE

Winner: STATZ Corporation of Cross Plains – DVB

Runner-Up: Your Personal Gardener, LLC of Mukwonago – DVB

Runner-Up: Luxury Massage Therapist, LLC, dba Spa Massage on the Go of West Allis – DVB

Rising Star Awards

Winner: Dakonte Product Group, Inc. of Milwaukee – MBE

Runner-Up: AgriStaff USA, LLC of Kiel – MBE

Runner-Up: Derute Consulting Cooperative of Milwaukee – MBE

Winner: Brainchild Studios LLC of Milwaukee – WBE

Runner-Up: adBidtise LLC of Milwaukee – WBE

Runner-Up: Easier Living Consultants, LLC of Camp Douglas – WBE

Winner: Aeroforce Logistics, LLC of Milwaukee – DVB

Runner-Up: Full Spectrum Health Services LLC of Madison – DVB

2018 Community Economic Development Awards

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Aggo Akyea

State Diversity Development and Advocacy Award

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Gary Mejchar

Community Economic Development Award

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Aina Vilumsons

Mentoring Small Business in Government Contracting Award

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Nelson Solar

Minority Business Development Award

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Curtiss Harris

Minority Business Community Service Award

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Maria Watts

Business Community Collaboration Award