Is your business award-worthy?

From the pages of In Business magazine.

In recent years, In Business has made it part of our mission to expand our recognition of the outstanding work being done in the Greater Madison business community, which we do via several awards programs. These include our Commercial Design Awards, CFO Awards, Executive of the Year Awards, and the 40 Under 40. (You can read about this year’s exceptional 40 Under 40 class in this month’s issue.)

As always, I encourage you to reach out to us if you would like more information on getting involved with these programs. However, this month I’d like to focus on a couple of business awards programs that don’t fall under the IB brand but that we’ve long supported because they fit our mission of elevating and connecting the local business community.

Wisconsin Family Business Awards: Now in its 12th year, this awards program recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of the family businesses that make such an important impact on our state’s economy. Running a business is hard enough, but when you add the family element to difficult daily business decisions, it becomes that much harder. The honorees’ stories are truly inspiring, and rarely is there an awards ceremony where tears aren’t shed as the honorees accept their awards with their family members.

To be eligible, your business simply needs to be Wisconsin-based and family-owned, and you must intend to pass ownership to the next generation. This year’s nomination deadline is April 1, and you can find nomination materials online at You should also remember to save the date for the awards ceremony, slated for May 14 at the Edgewater Hotel in Madison.



Dane County Small Business Awards: Now in its 33rd year, this program continues to honor the many great companies that make up the local business community.

We all know that small business is the lifeblood of Dane County, and this program has always done an exceptional job of recognizing the vision, risk, and teamwork that have led to these businesses becoming so successful. And because of the program’s longevity, the list of past winners is basically a “who’s who” of Dane County’s most successful businesses.

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. This year’s application deadline is April 24, and you can get details online at Ten area companies will be recognized at the awards ceremony on June 4 at the Sheraton Madison Hotel. 

If you qualify for either of these awards, I encourage you to visit the websites and fill out a nomination/application form. If you are fortunate enough to receive one of these honors, your entire company (and family) can take well-deserved and endless pride.

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