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Family businesses are the backbone of Northeast Wisconsin. Many of these businesses have a proven track record of success in terms of sales, innovation, economic impact, profits, and employment. And due to the nature of being a family business, many believe strongly in giving back to the communities in which they live. First Business designed the Family Business of the Year Awards to give proper recognition to these important businesses.

Nominate a Family Business

This is your chance to recognize a family business. Fill out the short survey attached to to nominate a family business for the Family Business of the Year Awards brought to you by First Business. Award winners will be announced at the 20th Annual Wisconsin Family Business Forum Celebration on May 2.

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Want to recognize a family business? Nominate them today! Nominations due March 4, 2016.

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Recognizing top notch Family Businesses

The First Business 2016 Family Business of the Year Award winners will be announced at the 20th Annual Wisconsin Family Business Forum Celebration being held on May 2.

 

Congratulations to our 2015 award recipients – Our 2015 Family Business First Awards event was held on April 27, 2015. Presentation of the awards was held in conjunction with the Wisconsin Family Business Forum 19th Annual Celebration at the Bridgewood Hotel & Resort in Neenah. Keynote speakers Bill and Kim Bassett of Bassett Mechanical kicked off the event with a presentation on Transitioning Leadership in a Family Owned Business.

2015 Family Business First Award Winners

Buechel Stone Corporation

In 1964 Francis and Alyce Buechel founded Buechel Stone Corporation by taking their 125-acre farm in the Chilton, Wisconsin area and converting it into a working quarry. Their quarries now span more than 700 acres of land in east central Wisconsin and produce over 100 types of natural stone.

Perfect Patterns

Perfect Patterns has been a leader in precision tooling in the Waupaca and Fox Valley area for over 60 years. Under the leadership of founder, Scott Gauerke, Perfect Patterns operates in four locations with over 160,000 square feet of modern manufacturing space and over 50 state-of-the art CNC machining center.

Faulks Brothers Construction

Faulks Brothers Construction has been shaping central Wisconsin since 1946. Starting as a two-man undertaking by co-founders Syd and Oliver Faulks, the Faulks brothers began what is now one of Waupaca’s largest employers.

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Deadline: March 4, 2016

The Family Business First exists to support and recognize family businesses in our area. At First Business, we believe family businesses are the backbone of Northeast Wisconsin. With these views in mind we have partnered with the Wisconsin Family Business Forum to create an annual awards event recognizing family businesses.

Nominate a Family Business

2016 nominations are now open. Do you know a family business that is doing business right in northeast Wisconsin? Nominate them for a 2016 Family Business of the Year Award. Nominations can be made directly by the family business, or by any third party including accountants, attorneys, or customers.

 

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ELIGIBLE COMPANIES INCLUDE:

  • Family owned and managed businesses with at least one location in one of the 18 Wisconsin Counties defined as “The New North”
  • Family businesses with a success story in sales, innovation, economic impact, profits, employment, those that have built a reputation for being a good place to work
  • Family members are actively involved in the business
  • The family business has a history of giving back to the community or communities in which it operates

 

CATEGORIES

There are no specific categories for winners as each family business has its own unique characteristics. There may be several winners each year with the categories varying from year to year. There may be categories based on size, or industry or generation leading the business, or unique characteristics of the business (e.g., being a great place to work for all employees, a focused business strategy that has resulted in many innovations).

 

WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Winners will be recognized on May 2, 2016 at the 20th Annual Wisconsin Family Business Forum Celebration.

 

 

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NOMINATION DEADLINE
MARCH 4, 2016

Winners will be chosen by an independent panel of judges.

 

To download a nomination form, click the link below.

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The following is the criteria required to be nominated for the 2016 Family Business of the Year Awards, a Family Business First event, brought to you by First Business:

 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

 

  • Company (Nominee)
  • President & CEO
  • Title
  • Street address
  • City, State, & Zip
  • Phone number
  • Email
  • Website
  • Principal Owners
  • Year founded
  • Total number of employees
  • Number of family members employed by the business
  • Generation currently leading the business
  • Name of the Nominator
  • Relationship to Nominee
  • Nominator’s Company Name
  • Nominator’s Phone Number
  • Nominator’s Email

SHORT ESSAYS:

  • In 300 words or less, what is the history of the business being nominated? (Be sure to discuss the competitive advantages at the time the business started.)
  • In 300 words or less, what have been the indicators of success and how have they increased or decreased over time?
  • In 300 words or less, how has the business given back to its community/communities?
  • In 300 words or less, what role does the family play in the business?
  • In 300 words or less, what indicators are there that this business is a good place to work?
  • In 500 words or less, why should this business be recognized with a Family Business First Award?

Please gather and draft the above in a Word document. When you’re ready to submit your information, simply click the button below to cast your vote.

Cut and paste from your Word document to complete the survey in one site visit.

 

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First Business has gone BEYOND THE AWARDS and developed a series of interactive educational workshops driven by the needs of family businesses like yours. Northeast family businesses will be able to attend any workshop, a-la-carte, without an annual membership fee. We would love your input on the topics you want to hear about. Take the brief survey to share your topic opinions, then sign up for our Family Business First newsletter to be updated on upcoming workshops that aim to grow success BEHIND THE FAMILY BUSINESS.

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Six Characteristics of successful family-owned businesses
Eric Allyn
4th Generation Owner of Welch Allyn

About the Speaker

Eric Allyn is a 4th generation owner of Welch Allyn, where he is Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors, and Chairman of the company’s Voting Trust. Welch Allyn is a 100-year old Medical Device manufacturer, 100% owned by the Allyn family, employing some 2,600 people world-wide. On June 17 of this year, Welch Allyn announced that it was being acquired by Hill-Rom for over $2 billion, in a combination of cash and Hill-Rom shares. The transaction is expected to close in September 2015. Welch Allyn family members will be the largest shareholders in Hill-Rom, and are confident that the two companies together will be a substantially stronger force in the consolidating health care industry.

Eric’s Welch Allyn career began in 1982, and included a variety of executive positions worldwide within the operating company, ranging from sales, to marketing, to business development and country management. He was also Managing Director of the Allyn Family Office, before moving to the Board of Directors in 2010. Outside of Welch Allyn, Eric serves on the Board of Directors of GOJO (makers of Purell), Pharma Tech Industries, and Diffinity Genomics. He is also on the Board of Trustees of Auburn Community Hospital (past-Chairman), Hospital Trustees of NYS (Vice Chairman), The Gifford Foundation (Investment Committee Chairman), The Allyn Foundation (Investment Committee Chairman), the NYS Business Council, Family Firm Institute (FFI), and is an advisor to Armory Square Ventures. In addition, he is Founder and Managing Partner of two private Investment Funds.

Eric graduated from Dartmouth College, and earned his MBA from University of Virginia. He lives in Skaneateles NY with his wife Meg O’Connell, and they have three lovely college-aged daughters

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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR FAMILY BUSINESS FIRST AWARDS

APPLETON, WI – March 19, 2015 - First Business Financial Services, Inc. (Nasdaq: FBIZ) The Family Business First Initiative of Northeast Wisconsin is accepting nominations for the 2015 Family Business First Awards, recognizing companies and the family members who make them succeed. Winners will be announced on April 27, 2015 at the 19th Annual Wisconsin Family Business Forum Celebration.

 

Family businesses are the backbone of Northeast Wisconsin. Many of these businesses have a proven track record of success in terms of sales, innovation, economic impact, profits, and employment. Due to the nature of being a family business, many believe strongly in giving back to the communities in which they live. Family Business First Awards have been designed to give proper recognition to these important businesses.

 

The deadline for nominations is March 31, 2015. More information on past winners and access to the nomination form may be found at: www.familybusinessfirst.com

About First Business Bank - Northeast

First Business Bank - Northeast is headquartered at 3913 W. Prospect Avenue in Appleton. In addition to offering commercial loan products, First Business Bank - Northeast offers a full line of deposit, investment, and equipment finance products through its affiliates First Business Bank - Madison and First Business Trust & Investments. Among these products are: remote deposit, treasury management, Internet banking, retirement plans, investment management services, trust services, asset-based lending, and equipment finance and leasing. For additional information, visit www.firstbusiness.com or call 920-734-1800.

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