This Friday is the deadline to submit nominations for the annual Door County Industry of the Year Award and the Door County Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The awards celebrate businesses that help to create a positive business climate in Door County.
Any Door County resident or business can nominate a business or entrepreneur by contacting the Door County Economic Development Corp. Self-nominations are also encouraged. Nominations are due to DCEDC by Feb. 21. Award winners will be announced at the DCEDC annual meeting this spring.
• The Industry of the Year award recognizes a construction, service or manufacturing business that has made a substantial impact on the community and enjoyed significant accomplishments during the past year. Selection criteria include the firm’s stability within the marketplace, growth through job creation and capital investment, innovations in technology and/or business processes, leadership within the industry and business community and corporate citizenship, including involvement in community affairs and development.
This year marks the 41st year of this prestigious award, first presented by the Door County Chamber of Commerce in 1973. Last year’s award winner was Renard’s Cheese Store and Deli. Other recent winners of the Industry of the Year Award include Wood Orchard, WireTech Fabricators and Roen Salvage Company.
• The Entrepreneur of the Year Award was given last year to the Wienke Family, owners of Wienke’s Market in Southern Door County, celebrating individuals who have taken the initiative to start and grow a successful small business in Door County. Eligible businesses include those with fewer than 50 employees that exhibit recent growth and future potential through job creation, innovation and/or investment in the business, have at least three years of successful business experience and demonstrated civic and community involvement.
“The Industry Award serves to recognize the continuing importance of our manufacturing, service and agriculture businesses to the Door County economy,” DCEDC Board Chairman David Ward said. “The Entrepreneur Award celebrates how important small businesses are for the continuing growth of our local economy. Nationally, small business accounts for 60-80 percent of new job creation. That situation is only magnified in Door County, and it is our pleasure to honor those who are starting and growing small businesses here.”