Dane County Small Business Awards – and tips on how to earn one
(And a stroll down memory lane with 29 years of winners!)

As we come together to present the 29th annual Dane County Small Business Awards on Friday, June 10, we’ll also be hearing some great advice from keynote speaker Christine McMahon. Full engagement. High performance, especially during periods of radical change. Isn’t this what we aspire to? As a trainer, consultant, and columnist, McMahon will draw on her extensive background as a sales exec with Procter & Gamble, Slim-Fast Foods, and Nabisco, as well as her own entrepreneurial experiences. Her clients include Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Baird, Northwestern Mutual, and Rockline – so I think she has the credentials to give you some insights as well as entertain you with the insights they’ve learned.

Specifically, she’ll be talking about how to adapt to rapidly changing conditions in the economy and marketplace. She’s also going to address how businesses can achieve high performance by embracing the process of ongoing renewal. In other words, what gotcha here ain’t gonna get you there, so it’s time to contemplate and embrace change.

Also making brief comments at the opening of the program will be new Dane County Exec Joe Parisi. I’ll be returning emcee of the program, which happens Friday, June 10, at the Sheraton Madison Hotel, 706 John Nolen Dr., from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. And I’m famous for ending on time, so join us by registering today! It’s easy reserve your seat (breakfast included) online at http://sbdc.wisc.edu/DCSBA/aboutdcsba.html.

The real highlight, of course, is the awards program for 10 deserving companies, which will be highlighted in the next issue of In Business magazine. But here’s a preview of who was selected:

Introducing: The winners!

Adesys: A full-serve IT firm in Fitchburg specializing in systems consulting, hardware and software sales, system implementation, network administration, and technical support services.

Connections Counseling: A Madison strength-based clinic focused on creating a safe and supportive environment for young people, families, and adults to find a recovery community conducive to hope and healing for substance use and mental health issues.

CTW Abbey Carpet & Floor: A Madison store offering help selecting the ideal floor products, design of installation, supply of all products and then installation, maintenance, and cleaning for all varieties of flooring.

Full Spectrum Solar: A full-service Madison contracting firm offering solar electric (photovoltaic) and solar water heating and residential and commercial installation.

Ian’s Pizza: Located in Madison, this business sells (inventive) whole pizzas, pizza by the slice, and salad in-store or via delivery.

KEVA Sports Center: This Middleton sports complex offers a variety of classes, leagues, and programs for youth (18 months through 14 years) and adults that follow a progression from motor-skill development to team building and game strategy. For adults, KEVA offers league play in several sports and different activities – as well as birthday parties for all.

Madison NO FEAR Dentistry: Its mission is to be the most patient-friendly, forward-thinking, innovative dental office specializing in children’s programs as well as adult dentistry and orthodontic products.

Rockweiler Insulation: This Madison firm is a residential and commercial insulation contractor specializing in energy savings for residential and commercial application.

Semba Biosciences: This Madison company manufactures and sells instruments and consumables for purification of chemical and biological compounds. Its products, sold worldwide, are used in a variety of fields including drug discovery, nutraceutials, proteomics, and for biomass-to-biofuels research.

United Vaccines: This Fitchburg company is a USDA- and EUGMP-certified manufacturer of veterinary biologics and is the only manufacturer of these products licensed to sell to customers in both North America and Europe.

Join us to congratulate all of these great firms on June 10 – it’s always heartwarming to hear from the owners, and you’ll really enjoy the keynote! Also, you’ll learn how to nominate a company for the 30th annual awards to be held next June. Maybe yours will join this list of impressive former winners – take a stroll with us down memory lane to see if you know any of these recipients!

Small Business Awardees 1982-1989

Suzanne M. Beecher, Publisher, In Business Magazine
Tom Holter, President and General Manager, WLVE-FM Radio
T. Patrick O’Malley, Owner, O’Malley’s Farm Cafe
Lt. Gov. Russell Olson
Worth Tiffany, President, Bank of Deerfield
Cora E. White, President, Madison Minority Business Association
Conrad F. Blau, Owner, Blau’s Meat Market
John A. Gray, UW-Extension
Thomas P. Kinney, Editor, McFarland Community Life
Mary Lang-Sollinger, Owner/Manager, The Peacock
Gary T. Lukens, Owner/Manager, Lakeside Hardware
Michael D. Smith, Vice President, Park Bank
William P. Beckett, Wisconsin MESBIC, Inc.
Robert Boelter, Advertising Boelter and Lincoln
Janice Durand, The Puzzlebox
David Kennedy, Kennedy-Hahn Appliance Center
Duane L. Manley, Vice President, Bank of Sun Prairie
Mardi O’Brien
Roth Schleck, Madison Capital Corporation
Ken Urso, Urso and Associates
Sam and Rose Amato, Amato’s Holiday House
Jan Eddy, Office Solutions
Robert Gorsuch, Park Bank
Dr. Raymond Guenveur, Optometrist (Mount Horeb)
Pamela K. Schultz, Schultz’s Market Place (DeForest)
Joe Silverberg, Qualitemps
Calvin A. Harris III, C.A. Harris III Construction Ltd.
Bill Graham, W.T. Rogers Company (Business to Business Awardee)
Toby Sherry, Vice President, First Wisconsin National Bank
Marty Rifkin, Contact Realty
Carol Schroeder, Orange Tree Imports
Chris Priebe, Heurikon Corporation
Messrs. Robert and Irv Goodman, Goodman’s Jewelers
Joseph Gallina, Alpine Management
John Trager, GPF Office Equipment Company (Mazomanie)
Jean Manchester, Neesvig’s
Herb Redmond, The Voyagers (Deerfield)
George Reuhl, American of Madison
Jack Schutz, Research Products Corp.
William Weh, Blackhawk Express, Inc.
Walter Whitehorse, Chief Auto Parts
Richard Zillman, Zillman Advertising and Marketing
John Wall, DEMCO, Inc.
Richard Slone, Barrymore Theater
Pleasant Rowland, The Pleasant Company
Bill Linton, Promega Corporation
Ellie Lipske, Del Enterprises
Jim Rowe, Rowe Pottery Works, Inc.
Floyd Rose, WI Minority Supplier Develop. Council – Madison (Small Business Advocate)

Small Business Awardees 1990-1995

Katherine Naherny, City of Madison Dept. of Planning & Development (Business Advocate)
Marla Ahlgrimm, Madison Pharmacy Associates
Brad Binkowski and Tom Neujahr, Urban Land Interests
Ben Parks, Ben’s Barber Shop
Julian Barrientos, Barrientos and Associates, Inc.
Tom Hanley, Hanley Implements
Gary Harrop, People’s State Bank of Mazomanie
Tod Florey, State Bar Association of Wisconsin (Wisconsin Veterans Advocate)
Douglas Hartel, Hartel Corp. (SBA Region II, Small Business Person of the Year)
Allen Franklin, F&H Printing
Rena Gelman and Linda Derrickson, Sunprint Cafe and Gallery
Robert Englke, Ultratec, Inc.
Robert Walton, American Breeders Service
Lee Swanson, State Bank of Cross Plains
Donald Helfrect, Madison Gas and Electric Co. (Small Business Advocate)
John Adams, Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (Wisconsin Veterans Advocate)
Michael Larson, Bank One – Madison (District Director Appreciation)
John and Carol Magee, Earth Care Paper, Inc. (SBA Region II, Small Business Award)
Odessa Piper, L’Etoile Restaurant
Drew Howick, Howick and Gray
Jim Gray, Howick and Gray
Scott Simpson, Flad and Associates
Larry Weinstein, General Beverage Sales Co.
Dave Boyer, Placon Corporation
Tom Metcalfe, Sentry Food Store
Mary Strickland, State of Wisconsin DOD (Small Business Advocate)
Steve Schmitt, The Shoe Box, Ltd.
Marilyn Holt-Smith and Kristin Renk, Holt-Smith and Renk
Jun Lee, SRI Design
Joe Krupp, 2020 Group
Scott Winner, Little Norway
Donna Gray, Total Awards
Wayne McGown, UW Research Park (Small Business Advocate Award)
Betty Franklin-Hammonds, The Madison Times
Pete Gunderson, Gunderson Funeral Home
Dan Neviaser, Neviaser Investments
Bill and Betty Von Reutenberg, Mariner’s Inn
Carolyn Creager (Small Business Advocate Award)
McGladrey and Pullen, CPAs (Best In Business Award)
J. H. Findorff and Son, Inc. (Best In Business Award)
Sara Burr (SBA Certificate of Recognition)
Bill Pinkovitz (SBA Certificate of Recognition)
William Meddings, The Baer Agency
Jim Kalscheur, UW Provision Company
Susan Schmitz, MacNeil and Purnell
Brian Mitchell, Mitchell Construction Company
William Kalscheur, Kalscheur’s Fine Foods
Marian Walluks, President, Personnel Advisors, Inc. (Small Business Advocate Award)
Associated Bank (Best In Business Award)


Linda Balisle and Linda Roberson, Balisle and Roberson, S.C.
Dewitt and Peggy Howard Moore, Purlies Cafe
Vince O’Hern, Isthmus Publishing Company, Inc.
Ralph Pondell, The Coating Place, Inc.
Jackie Scott, Scott’s Pastry Shoppe, Inc.
Godwin Amegashie, M&I Madison Bank (Minority Business Advocate Award)
Salli Martyniak, Firstar Bank Madison (Small Business Advocate Award)
John Kavanaugh, Esquire Club
Joyce Boggess, Early Childhood Learning Centers
Doug Madsen, Meridian Group, Inc.
Laurie Hoffman, Valcom – More Than Computers
Peter and Phil Sveum, Sveum Enterprises
John Giegel (SBA Certificate of Recognition)
Joan Gillman (Small Business Advocate Award)
Rico Goedjen, Econo-Print
Susan and Jonathan Lipp, Full Compass Systems Ltd.
Greg Bass, Park Printing House Ltd.
Joe Kuehn, Plastic Ingenuity
Bill Towell, Roundhouse Marketing and Promotions
Rimas Buinevicius, Sonic Foundry
Roger Mills, Tara Software
Ann Doody, Techline
Bruce Thompson, Prairie Athletic Club


Mike Liautaud, Big Mike’s Super Subs
Christian Kammer, Center for Cosmetic Dentistry
Robert Newcomb, Robert M. Newcomb Co., Inc.
Ray Statz, Qual Line Fence Corp.
Tom Pientka, Planning Associates, Inc.
Jim Nonn, Classical Restaurants, Ltd. (Culver’s – Cross Plains)
Daniel Rashke, Total Administrative Services Corp.
William Kasdorf, Impressions Book and Journal Services, Inc.
Wayne Glowac, Orion Advertising and Marketing, Inc.
Nancy Christy, Wilson Street Grill


Jeffrey Hapeman, Network Technology Solutions, Inc.
Scott Rippe and Lucy Keane, Rippe Keane Marketing
Steven Larson, Architectural Building Arts, LLC
Jim Sullivan, Discover Color, Inc.
Nancy Welch, Welch Design Group, Inc.
Scott and Georgia Roeming, The GEO Group
Sandra Bradley, Aesention, Inc.
Drs. Sandra and Will Dahl, Kids Express Learning Center, Inc.
Jim Boda and Doug Birkholz, Inspire Design Group, LLC
Tim Nicholson, Glass Nickel Pizza Company


Brad Bensman, Bensman Advertising Inc.
Ray Smith, Hiring and Staff Services Inc.
James Olson, Jim’s Food Center
Myles Allen, Myles Teddywedgers
Robert A. Steil, Litho Productions Inc.
Jim Garner, Sergenian’s Floor Covering
Nancy Acker-Skolaski and Stan Skolaski, Orchids by the Ackers
Brian Wiegand, Business Filings Inc.
Tim Meixelsperger, Shadow Fax Inc.
Patrick J. Ryan, Ryan Brothers Ambulance Service
Gordon L. Meicher, Meicher & Associates LLP


Farhat Waris, Business Intelligence Technologies (bti360, Inc.)
Amil and Dulce Alarcon, Casa de Lara
Jessica and Neil Peters-Michaud, Cascade Asset Management, LLC
Allison Gritton, Grittin Design, Inc.
Paul and Francine Ernst, Harbor Athletic Club
Betsy Jenkins, It’s Your Party
William R. Kennedy, Kennedy Communications Ltd.
Milam “Buke” Harvey and Nichol Schumacher, Kneaded Relief Day Spa
Cathy and Jeffrey Smith, Mr. Mom’s Transport Services, Inc.
Ed Neumueller, Standard Imaging, Inc.


George and Susan Krug, Ancora Coffee Roasters
Robert Wangard, Cartridge Savers, Inc.
Nancy Denman and Candace May, Denman, May & Associates, Inc.
Sonya Newhouse, Madison Environmental Group
Mike Suter, MTM Incorporated
Michelle Lytle, Music By Mickey
William Montei, PIC Wisconsin
Douglas Dittman, The Neckerman Agency
Jay Loewi, The QTI Group
Scott Haumersen, Wegner LLP


Harry Lum, Convenience Electronics, Inc.
Laurie Tines and Frank Peregrine, CustomCall Data Systems
Troy Berg, Dane Manufacturing Company
Eric Plantenberg and Roger Seip, Freedom Speakers & Trainers
Jim Armstrong, Good for Business
Susan Alt, Kitchen Hearth
Jim Hirsch, Paul Davis Restoration
Robert Heffernan, Total Water Treatment Systems, Inc.
Timothy Lightner, Two Men and a Truck
Bob Tobe, Wisconsin Flooring


Diego Camacho Jr., Ellestad Camacho Funeral Homes
Ben Bartsch, DirectNetworks, Inc.
Larry Bernauer, Jenkins Research & Manufacturing
Amy Paulson, Lasting Skin Solutions
Beth Prochaska, Potter Lawson, Inc.
Nan DiSalvo, Reed, Sendecke & Krebsbach
Joan Sasse, Edge One, Inc.
Michelle Milestone, JG Development
Linda Olson, Loren Imhoff Homebuilder, Inc.
Ed Harris, Precision Information, LLC


Gary Waldhart, AMS
Daniel Guerra Jr., Argus Ventures, LLC
Edward and Carol Knapton, Berry Hill Farms, Inc., dba America’s Best Flowers
Leanne Starr, Drake & Company of Madison, Inc.
Leslie Ballweg, Ever Ready Electric, Inc.
Tamora Miller, Express Fitness Community Health Club
Michael Dix, Michael’s Frozen Custard
Joshua Martin, Orange Shoe Gym
Tina Morschauser, Rejuvenation Spa
Matt Uselman, Wind River Financial
Milele Chikasa Anana, UMOJA Magazine


Janeen Smith, All Creatures Veterinary Hospital, LLC
Kurt Sippel, Applied Tech Solutions
Caroline McCourt and Beth Mielcarek, Beans ‘n Cream Coffeehouse
Gail Ambrosius, Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier Madison
Joel Weitz, George Vitense Golfland, Inc.
Michael Miller, Forrest “Kipp” Thomas, Geral Miller, Eric Studesville, Jay Norvell, Kipp’s Down Home Cookin’
Matt Collins, Mayo Corp.
Laura Meffert, Pineview Veterinary Hospital
Carl Ruedebusch, Ruedebusch Development & Construction (RDC)
Bryan Chan, SupraNet Communications, Inc.
Eric Schroeder, The Payroll Company
Julann Jatczak, Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative (Small Business Advocate Award & National Women in Business Champion)


Jim Blair, Aberdean Consulting, LLC
Andy Garcia and Sue Mowris, Andy Garcia Productions, Inc.
Leonard George, Cquensys
Ed Peck, Filament Marketing, LLC
Robin Pharo, Healthy Home Reports, LLC
Mary Volker, MCV Salon & Spa
Laura Douglass, Next Generation Clinical Research
Svein Morner and Manus McDevitt, Sustainable Engineer Group, LLC
Steven Murphy, The Murphy Insurance Group
Monique Minkens and Kimberly Wilson, The Skin Care Source
Laurie Benson, Inacom Information Systems, (Small Business Advocate Award & National Women in Business Champion)


Arlan Kay, Architecture Network, Inc.
Abe Degnan, Degnan Design Builders, Inc.
David A. Chamberlain, Gaylord Catering Service, Inc.
Scott Storlid, Natural Resources Consulting, Inc.
George R. Kamperschroer, Neider & Boucher, S.C.
Suzanne M. Grundahl, New Self Renewal Center
Angie M. Heim, The Employer Group
Srini Kalluri, PercipEnz Technologies, Inc.
Jeanne Menzel, Prairie Land Towing
DeAngelo Jackson, Urban Construction Administration, Inc.
Frank Staniszewski, (Small Business Advocate Award & National Women in Business Champion)

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