Trailblazing Women

The 2016 Governor’s Trailblazer Awards for Women in Business ceremony held June 22 recognized 15 women business owners from across Wisconsin, including five from Dane County, who represent the legacy of women’s business ownership in Wisconsin. The five women recognized from Dane County are Joan Collins, Joan Collins Publicity; Melanie Lichtfeld, Lichtfeld Plumbing Inc.; Laura Gallagher, The Creative Company Inc.; Laura Groenier, Silver Leaf Interiors Inc.; and Nan Zimdars, Nan M. Zimdars Inc. Since it was established in 2007, 71 Wisconsin woman-owned businesses across 24 counties have received the Trailblazer Award. Photo credit: Bruce Fritz, Fritz Photography. (For information on getting your event featured in the IB Gallery, email