Vince Cameranesi, left, president of Partnership
Bank, presents the OED’s large Business of the Year award to
Mike Ansay of Ansay & Associates.
a business good or the best? Stockholders may tell you,
companies with the biggest profits. Customers may tell you,
lowest prices or good customer service. Community leaders
may tell you, good employers or strong community support.
Ozaukee Economic Development says that a good business
should have all of those elements.
In 2013, OED
decided to begin a program to recognize “good businesses.” The
program looks at the businesses’ growth in profits or sales,
growth in employment and community service or support. In 2013,
we recognized two businesses as our Businesses of the Year,
Kapco Inc. as our Large Business of the Year and From Scratch
Catering as our Small Business of the Year.
In 2014, we
received a strong pool of applicants. The committee struggled,
looking at the many excellent businesses we have in the county,
before selecting our 2014 winners.
On Sept. 24,
OED honored three businesses as our Businesses of the Year;
Ansay & Associates won in our Large Business Sector, Johnson
Level won in our Mid-Size Business Sector and Shully’s Cuisine &
Events won in our Small Business Sector. All three businesses
personified good businesses showing growth in their business,
employees and strong community support.
Associates, headquartered in Port Washington, was founded in
1946 by Adolph Ansay and continues to remain a family-run
business. Since 1995, the company has been in a
growth-and-expansion mode, opening in new markets as well as
growing its employees from 85 to 200 currently. As a company
that focuses on a relationship of trust and integrity with their
clients, community support is vital to the company and they are
contributors to Port industries, the Luxembourg American
Cultural Center and the Port Washington Historical Society and
located in Mequon, was founded in 1947 and is a leading
manufacturer of professional-quality tools. It is a
third-generation family-owned business that has focused on
improving workforce optimization and international sales to see
both business growth and workforce growth over the past five
Mequon Mayor Dan Abendroth, right, joins Paul
Buzzell, chief financial officer of Johnson Level,
recognized as the medium Business of the Year.
company also gives back to the community, through its
service with the WOW Workforce Development Board,
Mequon-Thiensville Board of Education, Junior Achievement
and the Boy Scouts of America.
Cuisine & Events is located in Thiensville, where it has been
Scott and Beth Shully, holding plaques, accept
the Ozaukee Economic Development award to Shully’s Cuisine &
Events for the small Business of the Year in Ozaukee County.
They were joined, from left, by Karl Hertz, a county
supervisor representing Thiensville; Van Mobley, Thiensville
village president; and Dianne Robertson, Thiensville village
administrator. Scott and Beth Shully, holding plaques,
accept the Ozaukee Economic Development award to Shully’s
Cuisine & Events for the small Business of the Year in
Ozaukee County. They were joined, from left, by Karl Hertz,
a county supervisor representing Thiensville; Van Mobley,
Thiensville village president; and Dianne Robertson,
Thiensville village administrator.
company, which was founded by Scott and Beth Shully, has
seen significant growth in its revenue stream and an
ever-expanding base of clients. Shully’s added a new
permanent event space, The Watermark, in Thiensville in 2012
and has been cultivating relations with other event venue
spaces as well. Shully’s has always been a strong community
partner, working with nonprofits and community organizations
by providing reduced room fees and food costs.
All three of
these businesses exemplify what a quality business should be. At
our breakfast on Sept. 24, more than 200 attendees came to
recognize these businesses.
once said, “A business that makes only money, makes a poor
All three of
these businesses show that a good business can both make money,
as well as be strong employers and good community citizens. OED
is happy to have three such strong businesses in our community.
Kathleen Cady Schilling is executive director of
Ozaukee Economic Development.