– Several southeastern Wisconsin businesses have been
recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration for the
contributions they have made to America’s economy.
This year, five small businesses and seven individuals and
organizations that support entrepreneurial success will
receive awards from SBA’s Wisconsin District office.
Jagemann Stamping Company in Manitowoc was named the
Small Business of the Year. Owned by Tom Jagemann and
Ralph Hardt, Jagemann is a third-generation family owned
business which has successfully managed an expansion
enabling it to increase its product offerings, according to
The Small Business of the Year Honorable Mention is
Enterforce Inc. in Pewaukee. Marie L. O’Brien is the CEO of
Enterforce, a woman-owned managed service provider providing
a variety of staffing options for businesses.
The Small Business Exporter is Optimum Vehicle
Logistics, LLC in Milwaukee. OVL is an exporter of spare
parts for military vehicles. Stephane Dermond has worked
collaboratively with manufacturers, foreign companies and
other firms interested in export to deliver to their
markets, according to the announcement.
American Deposit Management Company in Delafield was named
the Emerging Small Business. ADM is unique in the
U.S. for its structure and service offerings in the Treasury
management and financial services industry, according to the
District Director Award was given to Wisconsin SCORE
Chapters. There are 17 SCORE locations throughout Wisconsin.
SCORE volunteer counselors help thousands of small
businesses start, grow and succeed.
Dan Steininger of BizStarts Milwaukee was named the
Financial Services Champion. As the co-founder of
BizStarts, Steininger has worked diligently to create a
community and resources for small businesses and startup
firms in need of equity, according to the announcement.
Women in Business Champion is Karman Briggs of
Western Dairyland Women’s Business Center in Eau Claire.
Briggs has been the driving force behind the highly
successful Women’s Business Conference in Eau Claire, which
attracts more than 500 attendees annually and which is
celebrating its tenth year in 2014, according to the
Minority Small Business Champion is Kate Hill from
Heartland Information Research in Wauwatosa. Hill works
tirelessly in her business and as a volunteer to advance
minority businesses in the region.
District Director Award: Young Entrepreneur Champion
award will be given to ReDonna Rodgers with the Center
for Teaching Entrepreneurship in Milwaukee. Rodgers has
worked with Milwaukee youth for more than 20 years to teach
them entrepreneurial skills and thinking as well as
Small Business Development Center Service Excellence
award was given to Ryan Kauth, University of
Wisconsin-Green Bay SBDC in Green Bay.
Wendy Baumann, president and chief visionary officer with
Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation in
Milwaukee will be given the award for Women’s Business
Center Service Excellence. WWBIC is a statewide
organization focused on business creation, expansion and
sustainability, and was awarded SBA’s national award in this
category in 2013.
The 29th annual SBA Awards Breakfast will take place June 6
at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee.
The keynote speaker will be Gary Zimmerman, co-owner of
Creative Business Interiors in Madison. To register for the
event or to sponsor a table, contact Mary Trimmier at (414)