Smith & Gesteland: Wisconsin Family Business of the Year Award Draws 35 Nominations

For additional information contact


Neil Fauerbach, Director of Marketing


Smith & Gesteland


608-828-3110[email protected]


 


 


 


 


MADISON, WI March 20, 2006: An award honoring family businesses in Wisconsin has drawn nominations from across the state. Thirty-five companies are competing for the Wisconsin Family Business of the Year Award in three categories. Awards will be given to Small (1-49 employees), Medium (50-99) and Large (100+) companies.


 


Nominees include a bank, a funeral home, grocery stores, automobile dealerships, construction companies, manufacturers and a wildlife park. The nominees come from all corners of the state and represent first through fifth generation companies.


 
















































































































Company Name


City


ABC Supply Co. Inc.


Beloit


AGT Enterprises/Star Iowa, Inc.


Prairie du Chien


All About Packaging, Inc.


Appleton


Alsum Produce, Inc.


Friesland


Becker Communications, Inc.


Schofield


CG Schmidt


Milwaukee


Concours Motors


Milwaukee


David Hobbs Honda


Waunakee


Endres Manufacturing Company


Waunakee


Gold Star Coffee


Madison


Havegard Farms, Inc.


Algoma


J.F. Ahern Co.


Fond du Lac


J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc.


Neenah


Jaeckle Wholesale Inc.


Madison


K-tech Kleening Systems


Weston


Kundinger Fluid Power


Neenah


Laser Pros International


Rhinelander


Malcore Funeral Homes & Crematory


Green Bay


Management Recruiters of Wausau LLC


Wausau


McFarland State Bank


McFarland


Metcalfe Sentry Foods


Madison


Norlen, Inc.


Schofield


Port Side Builders


Sturgeon Bay


Rechek’s Food Pride


Beaver Dam


Reliable Plating Works, Inc.


Milwaukee


Security MicroImaging


Milwaukee


Tewes Plastics Corporation


Waukesha


The Bentley Company/Bentley World Packaging


Milwaukee


The Learning Shop


Appleton


The Tribute Companies Inc.


Hartland


Torrance Casting, Inc.


La Crosse


Tri City Glass & Door


Appleton


Westphal & Company, Inc.


Janesville


Wildwood Wildlife Park & Nature Center


Minocqua


World Class Wire & Cable


Waukesha


 


The winners will be selected by a panel of independent judges based on criteria including: positive links between family and business, contribution to community and industry, and innovative practices.  The winners will be announced at a banquet on April 27th at the Madison Marriott West in Middleton.  Mary Burke, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Commerce will deliver a keynote address.


 


According to the Family Firm Institute, family firms comprise 80 to 90% of all businesses in North America.  Contrary to most expectations, family businesses are not limited to small, “mom and pop” operations.  In the United States, some 37% of Fortune 500 companies are family-owned, while 60% of publicly-listed companies are family-controlled.  Their economic influence is enormous, producing an estimated 64% of the nation’s gross domestic product and employing 62% of the U.S. workforce.  According to Ann Kincaid, the Director of the Family Business Center at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, family run businesses will play a large part in the economic growth of Wisconsin for many years to come.


 


The award program was developed by Smith & Gesteland, a Madison-based CPA and consulting firm. Other co-sponsors are Associated Bank, and the law firm Dewitt Ross & Stevens. All three companies are founding sponsors of the Family Business Center and have a focus of serving family businesses.


 


For more information on the program you can call Neil Fauerbach at 608-836-7500, or visit www.familybusinessaward.com.