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BizStarts Milwaukee

BizStarts Milwaukee, a nonprofit that supports entrepreneurs through the stages of business growth, recently recognized Barry Mandel with the BizStarts Inspiration Entrepreneur Award.

Mandel, president of Milwaukee-based Mandel Group Inc., opened the real estate services firm in 1991 and over the past 23 years has guided the development, construction, financing and acquisition of area real estate projects totaling more than $500 million. The BizStarts Inspiration Entrepreneur Award honors his success as an entrepreneur in real estate development. Entrepreneurs previously saluted with the award include Jalem Getz of Wantable Inc.; the late George Dalton of Fiserv Inc.; Joe Bartolotta of The Bartolotta Restaurants; Bob Hillis of Direct Supply Inc.; Andy Nunemaker of Dynamis Software Corp.; Roy Reiman, previously of Reiman Publications; and Gary Grunau of Grucon Group LLC.

Rogers Behavioral Health System

Oconomowoc-based Rogers Behavioral Health System, Wisconsin’s largest nonprofit mental health and addiction services provider, plans to open new obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety treatment centers in Chicago and Nashville. Both new clinics will open in mid-2015. The Chicago and Nashville locations will each offer two approaches to OCD and anxiety treatment: an intensive outpatient program, which consists of treatment three hours a day, four days per week; and a partial hospitalization program, which consists of treatment six hours a day, four days per week. Treatment often lasts four to six weeks. Board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrists will be joined by psychologists and therapists to assist in this intensive, specialized treatment. Future plans include adding services for eating disorder treatment. Rogers opened its first center outside of Wisconsin in Tampa, Fla., in September.

Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee

The Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee honored winners of its 2014 Nonprofit Excellence Awards during its 20th annual Spirit of the Nonprofit Sector ceremony on Dec. 4 at the Italian Community Center. The awards program calls attention to nonprofits that have demonstrated “exceptional organizational performance,” according to the center. Honorees in the award program’s five categories are: Meta House, winner of the Board Governance Award; Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County, winner of the Collaboration Award, which is sponsored by U.S. Bank; League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County, winner of the Community Organizing Award; Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers, winner of the Diversity Award; and SaintA, winner of the Fiscal Integrity Award.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee has recognized William “Bill” Bertha, president of U.S. Bank in Milwaukee, with the 2014 Martin F. Stein Champion for Children Award. The award commemorates Martin Stein, a former board member and Big Brother who is remembered for shaping the lives of area youth. Stein died in 2006 at age 68. The award, created in his memory, recognizes individuals who share his commitment to the kids who benefit from Big Brothers Big Sisters. According to Big Brothers Big Sisters, Bertha was selected for his continued support of the organization.

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