Award Program Overview
The Marketplace awards are open to Wisconsin-based companies that have been certified as MBE, WBE or DVB businesses one of the recognized certifying agencies. Past Marketplace award winners in the past five years are not eligible.

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, 2014, 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.

Certification Program Details

To learn more about the State of Wisconsin Certification Programs available, follow the link below. Additional certification agencies can be found here.

Click for State of Wisconsin Business Certification Info


Interested in finding certified firms to expand your supplier base?

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Please contact the Award Coordinator at 
or 414-727-2095.
(Heartland Information Research, Inc is the 2018 Award Coordinator Team)