IB takes over small business awards in 2018

From the pages of In Business magazine.

Over the years, In Business has made it part of its mission to shine a light on the outstanding work being done by both individuals and companies in Greater Madison. Whether it’s our Commercial Design Awards, Executive of the Year Awards, Women of Industry Awards, Executive Choice Awards, or the 40 Under 40 (see page 30), we look for new opportunities to showcase shining stars.

On top of our own award programs, we have been a longtime sponsor of the Wisconsin Family Business Awards, as well as the Dane County Small Business Awards. Both programs have a long history of excellence and fit our mission to highlight great business success stories.

With this in mind, we’re excited to announce that In Business will be taking over the Dane County Small Business Awards in 2018. The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at UW–Madison has done a phenomenal job of coordinating this event over the past 35 years, with the help of the following sponsors: MGE, Chase Bank, Wisconsin Business Development Finance Corp., Mid-West Family Broadcasting, the State of Wisconsin Supplier Diversity Council, and In Business. It’s time for a new direction, and IB is thrilled to continue the legacy.

What does that mean for the Dane County Small Business Awards in 2017? The plan is to continue with the same planning committee coordinating event details, which will give IB enough time to start planning the transition for next year’s program.

The time is now to fill out your applications and be considered for one of these prestigious awards. To be eligible, you must have been in business for at least three years, have a minimum of three full-time-equivalent employees, and have annual revenue of $20 million or less. An independent judging panel will then decide which companies are the most deserving of recognition, and we’ll honor the winners during an awards ceremony the morning of June 27 at the Sheraton Madison Hotel.

The application deadline is April 8, and you can get all the details online at http://sbdc.wisc.edu. If your business fits the award qualifications and you aren’t a previous winner, we encourage you to go to the website and start filling out an application. Receiving a Dane County Small Business Award is one of the highest honors a local company can receive, and this is a program IB looks forward to continuing well into future.

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