Biz Notes

Pinnacle XL

Pinnacle XL, Milwaukee, recently received certification as a woman-owned business enterprise (WBE) through the Wisconsin Department of Commerce. The designation is pursuant to the state administrative rule requirements, which provides validation that Pinnacle XL meets the requirements of being at least 51 percent woman-owned, controlled and managed. It qualifies Pinnacle XL to be considered for contracts with corporations and government entities that seek vendor relationships with businesses owned and operated by women.

Medical College of Wisconsin

Zeljko Bosnjak, professor of anesthesiology and physiology and vice chairman of research in the department of anesthesiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Wauwatosa, recently received the American Society of Anesthesiology (ASA) 2008 Excellence in Research Award. The national award is given annually to one candidate in recognition of research that has led to the advancement of the science and clinical practice of anesthesiology. Dr. Bosnjak’s body of research, conducted over the last 30 years, has led to a better understanding of the cellular mechanisms of anesthetic action and the cardiovascular response to anesthetic drugs.

Nashaat Gerges, Ph.D., assistant professor of cell biology, neurobiology and anatomy at The Medical College of Wisconsin, also recently received a two-year, $100,000 New Investigator Research Grant from the national Alzheimer’s Association. His goal is to learn how a substance called beta-amyloid, which accumulates in the brain in Alzheimer’s disease, alters the function of neurogranin, a protein essential for learning and memory. His research may lead to new therapeutic strategies for the disease.

F. Dohmen Company Foundation

Three charitable organizations that concentrate on providing health care products and services to the neediest parts of the world will receive donations totaling $750,000 from The F. Dohmen Co. Foundation. Each charity will receive $250,000. The donations are being made in conjunction with The F. Dohmen Co’s. 150th anniversary. The beneficiaries include: MAP International, IMA World Health and Vitamin Angels

Wisconsin State Fair Park

Wisconsin State Fair Park recently received the 2008 Outstanding Partner Award from Potawatomi Bingo Casino. The award was presented in appreciation of the partner that helped Potawatomi meet and exceed each of its sponsorship goals that include: “exceptional levels of ROI, extensive activation elements, creative branding opportunities; excellent co-promotional elements, outstanding signage and advertising.” Wisconsin State Fair Park has continued to work with Potawatomi Bingo Casino to achieve its goals and strengthen the partnership each year.

Enviro-Safe Consulting, LLC

Enviro-Safe Consulting, Brookfield, an environmental, safety and resource recovery firm, was recently recognized nationally by INC. magazine as an INC. 5000 company. This award is provided to the fastest growing privately held companies in the country that exceed certain revenue, growth and employment criteria.


Versant, Milwaukee, was recently recognized for creative excellence on the web by the International Academy of the Visual Arts with a Silver 2008 W³ Award for the Thomson Reuters Careers Web site.

The W³ Awards honors outstanding Web sites, Web Marketing and Web Video created by some of the best interactive agencies, designers, and creators worldwide. Versant’s interactive work for Thomson Reuters Careers was also recently recognized by Ektron as an Ektron All-Star: Best Services Site. The Web site was honored for excellence in site design, navigation, use of content, and other Web elements. This is Versant’s second consecutive Ektron All-Star Award.

Froedtert and Communty Health

Froedtert & Community Health, Wauwatosa, recently awarded a $200,000 grant to the Washington County Youth Hockey Association, a 501(c) 3 registered non-profit organization, that will help fund construction of a fitness center at the Kettle Moraine Ice Center. The grant also marks the beginning of a capital campaign by the association that will support expansion of athletic and fitness offerings to the community. The grant is part of an ongoing commitment by Froedtert & Community Health to support community health initiatives and will be made through the St. Joseph’s Community Foundation. Three initial grants were made in October to Kewaskum High School, the West Bend School District and the West Bend Police Department. The Washington County Youth Hockey Association’s capital campaign is seeking to raise funds that will finance equipment and facility upgrades to the Kettle Moraine Ice Center, including construction of a fitness center. Upgrades to the Ice Center are expected to allow the facility to be operational up to 10 months of the year as opposed to the current eight-month period that it is open.

Finn Digital LLC

The International Academy of the Visual Arts has awarded Finn Digital LLC, Milwaukee, with a 2008 Silver International Davey Award for the promotion and branding of the Briggs & Stratton Corporation’s “Diamonds in the Rough” contest microsite.

The Davey Awards honor outstanding creative work from the best small marketing firms worldwide, recognizing the strength that comes from ideas, intelligence, and out-of-the-box thinking rather than large budgets. The awards are organized by the International Academy of the Visual Arts and sponsored by AdAge Magazine. Finn Digital partnered with Briggs & Stratton Corporation and CKPR to redesign and develop the interactive, community-outreach contest microsite that allowed kids ages 7-14 to enter an essay along with photos or video about how baseball helped them achieve “the power within.” Twenty regional winners were selected from the entries, each receiving $5,000 and lawn equipment powered by Briggs & Stratton engines for their home fields. America then voted for their favorite entry, with the winning submission taking home $10,000 for their home field and a trip for four to New York to attend a Yankees game. The redesigned website featured online entry submission with strict adherence to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) to safeguard the information of the entrants. Interactive features including the “Create My Baseball Card” feature and prominent “Tell a Friend” links placement assisted in increasing overall website traffic 2,100 percent over the previous year and entry submission by 6 percent. This is Briggs & Stratton’s fifth year in sponsoring the contest, and Finn Digital’s first year in partnership for website design and development.

Lupus Foundation of America, Wisconsin Chapter

Lupus Foundation of America, Wisconsin Chapter, Milwaukee, recently received a $10,000 grant from the Northwestern Mutual Foundation on behalf of Tiffany Sutton, a Northwestern Mutual employee and active supporter of Lupus Foundation of America, Wisconsin Chapter. The gift is part of the company’s second annual community giving program, Days of Sharing, which encourages all employees to nominate local nonprofits for grants. The Lupus Foundation of America, Wisconsin Chapter, estimates that 1.5 – 2 million Americans have a form of lupus, but the actual number may be higher. More than 90 percent of people with lupus are women.  Symptoms and diagnosis occur most often when women are in their child-bearing years, between the ages of 15 and 45.


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