Winners in competition for top minority, woman and service-disabled veteran-owned businesses to be announced at MARKETPLACE conference Dec.8
MADISON, WI. NOV. 25, 2020– Twenty-three Wisconsin companies from 18 communities, have been named finalists for the 2020 MARKETPLACE Governor’s Awards, which honors outstanding Wisconsin businesses owned by minorities, women and service-disabled veterans.
More than 81 nominations were received this year recognizing the achievements of Wisconsin businesses of all sizes and industries. Winners will be announced Tuesday, Dec. 8 at the 2020 MARKETPLACE: the Governor’s Conference on Diverse Business Development. The event will be held virtually with the support of 15 sponsors, including Keystone Sponsor U.S. Bank and Governor’s Award Sponsor Milwaukee Business Journal.
Businesses will be honored in three categories: the Outstanding Large and Small Business Awards, which recognize established businesses that have demonstrated the capacity to grow over the past years and have plans for continued expansion in the future; and the Rising Star Award, which honors businesses established after 2016 that have demonstrated strong growth potential.
Awards are given to Wisconsin companies that are certified as a minority-owned business enterprise (MBE), woman-owned business enterprises (WBE) or service-disabled veteran-owned businesses (SDVB).
The finalists with over 25 employees in the Outstanding Large Business Award category for MBE, WBE or SDVB are:
Fair Oaks Farns LLC, Pleasant Prairie
Hurt Electric Inc., Menomonee Falls
Premier Medical Staffing Services LLC, West Allis
RHD Plumbing Inc., Stoughton
Security Officer Services Inc., Milwaukee
Southern Wisconsin Interpreting & Translation Services Ltd. DBA SWITS Ltd., Delavan
The finalists with 25 or fewer employees in the Outstanding Small Business Award category for MBE, WBE or SDVB are:
Amigo Construction LLC, Cambridge
Athena Communications LLC, Milwaukee
B & D Contractors Inc., New Berlin
Cartridge Savers Inc., Madison
Crawford Evaluation Group, Waukesha
Reynolds Packaging LLC, Green Bay
Rivera & Associates Inc., Milwaukee
SPEARity LLC, Milwaukee
Vendi Advertising LLC, La Crosse
Your Personal Gardener LLC, Mukwonago
The finalists in the Rising Star Award category for MBE, WBE or SDVB (established since 2016) are:
De Vor Communications LLC, Germantown
DK-39 Management and Consulting LLC, Middleton
Heather Hernandez Enterprises DBA Brothers Painting Sheboygan
MAID in Lake Geneva Inc., Lake Geneva
The Communication Strategist LLC, Milwaukee
SUR Natural Health Brands LLC, Shorewood
Volley Life LLC, Milwaukee
MARKETPLACE 2020, which takes place online Dec.8-10, is the premier business capacity-building conference of the year for minority-, woman- and veteran-owned businesses pursuing contracts with state, federal and local agencies as well as corporations.
For 39 years, the conference has brought together businesses, agencies and business development resources to create new opportunities for companies certified by the State of Wisconsin. Over 50 exhibitors, including lenders, business resources, certifying agencies and businesses, will be featured in the Virtual MARKETPLACE Exhibit Lobby during the conference.
The individual cost to attend is $25 for the three days. Buyers and supplier diversity managers from government agencies and private corporations attending to meet potential suppliers can register at no charge.
Registration and detailed information are available at MarketplaceWisconsin.com.
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