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From the pages of In Business magazine.

By now, I hope you have noticed the upgraded look and feel of In Business magazine. (If not, click here to apply for a free subscription to our print magazine.) To make our magazine covers look better and to give In Business the luxurious feel it deserves, we’ve upgraded to a heavier cover stock with a glossy finish.

We know that our award-winning editorial coverage will continue to be the biggest motivating factor for opening up the magazine each month, and we’ll continue to bring you exceptional coverage of the Greater Madison business market. But we do hope that this change to the cover enhances your reading experience each month.

Commercial Design Award entries due this month

In Business magazine will unveil its eighth annual Commercial Design Award winners this April in a feature article in the magazine and online. This will be accompanied by an awards ceremony in early April (details coming soon). The awards will once again honor the best in commercial architecture and design throughout the State of Wisconsin during the past year.

For a commercial design project to be considered for an award, it must meet these guidelines:
■ Completed between Jan. 1, 2014, and Dec. 31, 2014
■ Built and located in Wisconsin
■ Designed primarily by a company based in one of the following counties: Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Rock, or Sauk (additional design input from companies outside of these counties is allowed)



There are eight categories to consider, including renovation projects and new developments. All submissions will be considered for the “Project of the Year,” which will be featured on the cover of the April issue. Judging will once again be handled by a panel of design/architecture experts. You can get all of the award details and download the application form online at

As a small independent business publication, we can’t possibly keep up to date on all of the great commercial design projects going on throughout the state, so we do rely on you, our readers, to keep us informed and to nominate projects. The deadline to enter is Jan. 30, so please act fast if you’d like to be considered for this prestigious award.

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