Several southeastern Wisconsin businesses recognized by the SBA

Special to The Freeman

April 3, 2014

MILWAUKEE – 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 announcement.

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 announcement.

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 announcement.

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 financial literacy.

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) 297-1093 or