Each year, the Chamber recognizes businesses and organizations in the Fox Cities that help make it a vibrant, innovative and dynamic community.
The awards given are based on leadership, dedication and achievement. While the coronavirus pandemic has shifted the way we are able to safely celebrate in-person, the Chamber will recognize this year’s esteemed businesses through a virtual campaign this fall. The Chamber encourages the community to rally together to support these award recipients as well as all business success in the Fox Cities.
- Business of the Year - Fox Cities Performing Arts Center (large employer); Fox Cities Sign (small employer)
- Company Innovation - Sure-Dry Basement Systems (large employer); Appleton International Airport (small employer)
- Corporate Citizen Leadership - Community First Credit Union (large employer); Wisconsin Veterans Village Association (small employer)
- Rising Star - Little Critter Pediatric Dentistry
- Entrepreneur of the Year - Patti Purcell, Writing by Design
The 2020 Business Awards are sponsored by:
Business of the Year
Recognizes businesses for outstanding performance, growing and/or increasing jobs, increasing sales, overcoming adversity and community contributions.
2020 Recipients: Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, Fox Cities Sign
2019 Recipients: Tundraland Home Improvements, The Chiropractic Advantage, Neenah Foundry
2018 Recipients: Best Western Premier Bridgewood Resort Hotel & Conference Center, ABT Foundation Solutions, Inc., JP Graphics, Inc.
2017 Recipients: McMAHON Associates, Inc., CopperLeaf Boutique Hotel & Spa
2016 Recipients: Amerequip, Good Company Restaurant Group, Miron Construction, Weidert Group
2015 Recipients: Menasha Corporation, Alpha-Prime, McClone and Midwest Restoration
2014 Recipients: Advanced Physical Therapy, Frank's Pizza, Galloway Company, Jewelers Mutual, Valley Bakers
Recognizes relatively new "up and coming" small businesses with a unique blend of vision, energy, perseverance and skill. It is for ventures that have been in business less than five years, and has had a strong start with the potential for growing into a prosperous enterprise in the future.
2020 Recipient: Little Critter Pediatric Dentistry
2019 Recipient: NOVO Health
2018 Recipient: JumpStart Auto Repair
2017 Recipient: Inspire Spa
2016 Recipient: Candeo Creative
2015 Recipients: R3NEW, LLC, Nutritional Healing, LLC and Green Gecko, Inc.
2014 Recipients: J&J Machine, BConnected, Wisconsin Self Storage
Entrepreneur of the Year
Recognizes an individual who, through his/her own risk and initiative, has established a thriving and successful business. (This award was previously recognized at the annual Pinnacle Awards Gala.)
2020 Recipient: Patti Purcell - President/Owner, Writing by Design
2018 Recipient: Kimberly Stoeger - Owner/Clinical Nutritionist, Nutritional Healing, LLC
2017 Recipient: Doris & Alice Ng - Co-owners, GingeRootz Asian Grille
2016 Recipient: Dave Willems - CEO and Principal, Willems Marketing and Events
2015 Recipient: Brian Gottlieb - Owner, Tundraland
2014 Recipient: Jim Bere - Alta Resources
Acknowledges organizations that identify opportunities and execute creative-thinking and calculated risk-taking to bring innovation to the marketplace.
2020 Recipients: Sure-Dry Basement Systems, Appleton International Airport
2019 Recipients: The Boldt Company, clearTREND Research, LLC
2018 Recipient: Blue Door Consulting
2017 Recipients: Miron Construction Co., Inc., Make I.T. SOAR A Program of SOAR Fox Cities
2016 Recipients: Crane Engineering, BConnected, LLC
2015 Recipient: AeroInnovate
2014 Recipients: Optimal Digital Marketing, Omni Resources
Exemplary Marketing Performance
Recognizes organizations that have taken risks around their marketing and promotional practices that have ultimately improved revenue, communication, customer relationships, market share or visibility.
2019 Recipient: Coalesce Marketing and Design
2018 Recipients: Security Luebke Roofing, Nutritional Healing, LLC
2017 Recipients: Verve, a Credit Union, Appleton Ice, Inc.
2016 Recipients: Tundraland, A-mazing Events
2015 Recipients: Fox Valley Technical College and SOAR Fox Cities
2014 Recipients: Petit & Dommershausen, Affinity Medical Group
Corporate Citizen / Leadership
Recognizes organizations with a philosophy of giving and community involvement that have made significant differences in the health and well-being of the Fox Cities. The award encourages and supports corporate social responsibility and community leadership.
2020 Recipients: Community First Credit Union, Wisconsin Veterans Village Association
2019 Recipients: Fox Communities Credit Union, American National Bank Fox Cities
2018 Recipients: Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction, Inc., A2Z Design, LLC
2017 Recipients: Miller Electric Mfg. Co.,The Family-91.9 FM
2016 Recipients: SECURA Insurance, Old Glory Honor Flight
2015 Recipients: Innovative Services, Inc. and Stellar Blue Technologies
2014 Recipients: United Way, US Venture