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Nominations sought for Superior Business Awards program

Officials from the Chamber, the Development Association, the Northeast Entrepreneur Fund, the Superior Business Improvement District, the Superior Business Center and the University of Wisconsin-Superior Small Business Development Center issued a...

Officials from the Chamber, the Development Association, the Northeast Entrepreneur Fund, the Superior Business Improvement District, the Superior Business Center and the University of Wisconsin-Superior Small Business Development Center issued a call for nominations for the 2010 Superior Business Awards.

"As the oldest business member organization in Superior/Douglas County, the Chamber is honored to participate with our partners in the 2010 Superior Business Awards Program," stated David Minor, President/CEO of the Chamber. "Last year's inaugural Superior Business Awards Program was a huge success."

"Recognizing the success of local businesses and entrepreneurs is an important part of our business retention and expansion efforts," stated Andy Lisak, executive director of the Development Association. "Approximately 80 percent of all jobs created in our community are created by existing businesses. It is imperative that we recognize the businesses that have been responsible for creating a vibrant, local economy," Lisak said.

"Superior and Douglas County have a rich tradition of successful businesses and entrepreneurs," stated Kaye Tenerelli, executive director of the Superior Business Improvement District. "The Superior Business Awards Program is a way for our community to honor both historical and active entrepreneurs and businesses that have contributed to that tradition."

The Superior Business Awards encompasses six award categories:

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Business Hall of Fame (for entrepreneurs in the period for the previous 50 years from the current year)

Historical Business Hall of Fame (for entrepreneurs that operated businesses that existed prior to the last 50 years)

Small Business of the Year (more than 5 years in business with 25 or fewer employees)

Large Business of the Year (more than 5 years in business with over 25 employees)

Emerging Innovative Business (in business for at least 2 years but no more than 5 years with an innovative product, process or technology)

Business Plan Competition (business plan submitted by an entrepreneur for a start-up of a for-profit business or business expansion)

"As we work with aspiring entrepreneurs in Douglas County and throughout the Northland, it is important that these entrepreneurs be able to look to successful businesses and business people as role models to emulate," said Shawn Wellnitz, director of business development for the Northeast Entrepreneur Fund. "The Superior Business Awards is a way to formally recognize these role models."

"The Superior Business Awards Program expands upon the success we have had with the Business Plan Competition," stated Julianne Raymond, director of the UWS-Small Business Development Center. "The Superior Business Awards Program also complements other business award programs that are held on the state, regional and national levels."

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Eligible businesses must be located in, or entrepreneurs must reside in, Douglas County. Hall of Fame nominees must be individuals (living or deceased) who reside/resided in Douglas County or who own/owned and operate/operated a for-profit business in Douglas County. Businesses nominated must be for-profit businesses.

Winners of the 2009 Superior Business Awards included: Captain Alexander McDougall, Harry A. Lurye, William D. Vinje and Albert J. Amatuzio (Superior Business Hall of Fame), Midwest Energy Resources Company (Large Business of the Year), Portable Bore Repair & Jim's Welding (Small Business of the Year and Business Plan Competition Winner), and Clearly Superior (Emerging Innovative Business).

The deadline for nominations is July 16. Awards will be announced at a banquet to be held on September 16. Nomination forms are available on-line at: www.superiorchamber.org/community/awards%20nomination%20form.pdf or by calling the Chamber at (715) 394-7716 or the Development Association at (715) 392-4749.

For more information about Superior Business Awards or to inquire about being an award sponsor, please call the Development Association at (715) 392-4749. The 2010 Superior Business Awards Program is sponsored by The Development Association, the Superior Business Improvement District, The Chamber, the Superior Business Center, Northeast Entrepreneur Fund, UWS Small Business Development Center, Superior Rotary Club 40, Westmorelandflint and the Northland's News Center.

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