Over 200 businesses were nominated for a MARKETPLACE 2016 Award!
Stay tuned for announcements on the finalists in the
MBE, WBE and Service-Disabled Veteran Business Categories!
Click HERE to see past award winners
Award Program OverviewThe MARKETPLACE 2016 Awards Luncheon will take place Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. The MARKETPLACE Conference Awards are competitive awards recognizing the achievements of Wisconsin-based businesses certified by Wisconsin Department of Administration as MBE (minority-owned), WBE (woman-owned) and DVB (disabled-veteran owned) businesses. To be eligible for a 2016 award, the company cannot have won in the same category for the same certification since 2012.
Outstanding Business Award
Large Company Award (more than 25 employees)
Small Company Award (less than 25 employees)
The Outstanding Business Award recognizes a state certified business enterprise that has demonstrated the capacity to grow over the past five years, with plans to continue expansion in the future. Judges will consider revenue growth, employment growth, the company's strategy for pursuing new opportunities, ability to overcome challenges, and past investments in employee development, business systems, marketing, equipment and other company assets.
The Rising Star Award
The Rising Star Award recognizes an emerging certified business, established on or after January 1, 2012, that has strong growth potential by virtue of its past performance, innovative products or services, business team or other distinct competitive advantage. Judges will consider past revenue growth along with one or more of the following factors: innovation in product and services, strength of business team and company advisers, competitive advantages, and future growth plans.