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Mount Mary College
Milwaukee-based Mount Mary College’s “College in the Community” program has been awarded the 2009 Program Innovation Award from ProLiteracy America, the nation’s largest adult literacy organization. The award recognizes new and innovative strategies that are improving the quality of literacy services offered to adult learners.
Founded in 1998, “College in the Community” is a collaborative learning program for Milwaukee’s urban adults by Mount Mary College, Milwaukee Achiever Literacy Services and Journey House. College-level classes are held weeknights and Saturday mornings and are taught by the participating organizations’ faculty. Computer-intensive language arts coursework provides students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to help secure or advance their employment.
The Award will be given during the opening day of the first joint conference between Conference on Adult Basic Education and ProLiteracy on March 12, 2010 in Chicago.

RitzHolman CPAs

RitzHolman CPAs, Milwaukee, has received the Affiliate Organization of the Year award from the Milwaukee Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). The award honors a member company – not directly in the home improvement and remodeling industry – that has supported the local association in its business activities and has enhanced its operations. This is the first time that RitzHolman CPAs won an award in the Local Achievement and the Wisconsin Remodeler of the Year Awards competition, which is conducted annually by Milwaukee/NARI, the area’s leading home improvement and remodeling industry resource for more than 48 years.

Joe Wilde Company Inc.

Joe Wilde Company, New Berlin, has been awarded the 2009 Angie’s List Super Service
Award. Celebrating its 11th year, the Super Service Award is given to companies who have achieved and maintained a superior service rating on Angie’s List – the nation’s leading provider of consumer ratings on local service companies – throughout the past year. Fewer than 5 percent of the companies on Angie’s List meet the eligibility requirements to be considered for the award. Joe Wilde Company, Inc. sells, installs and services both residential and commercial garage doors and openers. The company also installs exterior building products including awnings, railings, storm doors and service doors. This is the ninth straight year Joe Wilde Company has received the award.

Wheaton Franciscan Health Care

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare in Southeast Wisconsin has been recognized as one of the nation’s top 100 most efficient, best-performing health care networks by SDI, the nation’s premier integrated health network evaluation system. This year, the Southeast Wisconsin region was ranked 28th in the nation. The award is based on integration in areas such as managed care, information systems, and physician affiliations. In the areas of physician participation, outpatient utilization, integration, and integrated technology Wheaton scored above the nation’s top ten integrated health network’s average score. This is the ninth year the system has received this recognition.

Market Probe

Market Probe, was recently ranked the #1 top Indian-American Privately held Firm in Wisconsin by the 2009 News India Times – VII 100. This is the 14th year for this annual listing, which was created to chronicle the emergence and growth of businesses owned by Indian Americans. Additionally, Market Probe was ranked #3 on the Top 50 Women-Owned Businesses in Wisconsin and #4 on the Top 50 Diversity-Owned Businesses in Wisconsin listing compiled by is the nation’s largest business-to-business portal for more than 36,000 diversity-owned businesses throughout the United States that provide goods and services to Fortune 1000 companies, government agencies and colleges and universities. This is the 10th annual listing of Wisconsin’s top 50 diversity and women-owned businesses in sectors such as technology, manufacturing, food service and professional services.
The companies listed on the list represent Wisconsin’s top multicultural earners and challenge the long-held notion that a diversity-owned business is small or insignificant. Large organizational buyers throughout the country that do business with multicultural and women-owned businesses use the list to increase spending with diversity-owned companies. Market Probe is a leading full-service global research firm with offices in 10 countries.
Connecture Inc.
Waukesha-based Connecture, Inc., provider of Web-based sales, service and process automation solutions to the health insurance industry, announced a marketing, technology, and reselling partnership with MedicareCRM. Through this partnership, Connecture and MedicareCRM can offer customers an integrated solution through a series of real-time integration points between their online software platforms. The agreement also allows Connecture to resell MedicareCRM as part of the InsureConnect sales automation suite. The joint offering addresses the health insurance industry’s need for data-driven automation across all marketing, sales, and enrollment operations. The advantage for health plans is that the combined end-to-end solution will dramatically reduce acquisition costs and processing time while improving accuracy and increasing customer satisfaction. MedicareCRM provides Medicare Advantage plans with a complete end-to-end member acquisition platform.

Power Test Dynamometers

Sussex-based Power Test Dynamometers, has been named Business of the Year for 2009. The Sussex Area Chamber of Commerce awards an outstanding local business this honor on a yearly basis. Some of the criteria for this award includes: the ability to overcome adversity; a proven record of growth and performance — particularly over the last 12 months; demonstration of an “employee relations philosophy,” and local, regional or national recognition in their respective industry. Despite the economic hardship felt by most of the country last year, Power Test was able to meet and, in some cases, surpass the requirements necessary to win this award. In addition to continued monitoring of the economy, Power Test planned a systematic multi-step action plan to protect its market and the welfare of its employees, which highlighted continuous honest communication with its employees. The company has a staffing level about 12 percent greater than when they moved to Sussex in January 2008. In an environment in which many manufacturers have found it necessary to cut jobs, Power Test continues to look to grow. While some cost cutting measures where necessary in 2009, programs for improving employee welfare were further developed.

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