Smith & Gesteland: April 1, 2011 deadline for nominations! 2011 Wisconsin Family Business of the Year Award

For additional information contact Neil Fauerbach, Partner

Smith & Gesteland

608-828-3110 direct

[email protected]

The eighth annual Wisconsin Family Business of the Year Award is accepting nominations from businesses throughout the state. The award celebrates companies that exemplify the family spirit of doing business together for everyone’s success.

One family business will be selected for Grand Awards in each category of small (under 50 employees), medium (50-99), and large (100 or more) companies. Special awards will also be given to companies excelling in a particular area. Self-nominations are encouraged, or nominations can be made on behalf of the company by consultants, vendors, clients, or friends. An independent panel of judges will select the award recipients. The deadline for nominations is April 1, 2011. Awards will be presented at a banquet to be held in Madison on May 5, 2011.

In the United States, there are more than 10 million family businesses, from “mom and pop” stores to Fortune 500 companies. Their economic influence is enormous, producing an estimated 50 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product and paying 65 percent of all wages. The success of family businesses is also demonstrated in the stock market. A stock analysis of publicly held, family-owned businesses reveals that they significantly outperform the rest of the stock market. Economic growth in Wisconsin clearly is influenced by the health of family-run businesses.

Smith & Gesteland, a Madison based CPA firm, Associated Bank, a large regional bank, and DeWitt Ross & Stevens, a Madison and Milwaukee law firm, co-sponsor the statewide program. The three firms are also founding sponsors of the UW-Madison Family Business Center.

Additional information about the program, including a list of past winners, and Nomination forms can be found at, or by calling 608-836-7500.