BizTimes seeks nominations for the 2010 Bravo! Entrepreneur Awards

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BizTimes Milwaukee is seeking nominations for the 2010 Bravo! Entrepreneur Awards, which salute dynamic company leaders who demonstrate the best traits of entrepreneurship, including innovation, the willingness to take risk and resilience during the Great Recession.

To be considered, the entrepreneur must be part of a closely-held company that has been in business for a minimum of one year and has a minimum of $1.5 million in annual sales.

Other criteria for the Bravo! Entrepreneur Awards includes:
  • Entrepreneur must be the founder of the business or have been critical to its growth.
  • Company must be based in or have been founded in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington, Sheboygan, Racine, Kenosha or Walworth counties.
  • Company must show vision, risk and creativity.
  • Company must be profitable.
  • Entrepreneur should contribute to the community through charitable or leadership roles.
  • Entrepreneur should demonstrate strong corporate culture.
  • Company should have demonstrated significant growth and long-term potential.
  • Committee may honor a separate individual, in addition to the founder, if deemed appropriate.
The Bravo! nominees also will be considered for the Regional Spirit Award, which includes additional criteria:
Nominees for this award can be from a private or public company and should demonstrate commitment to the growth and well-being of the region through good corporate citizenship and promotion of regional ties.
Award may be given to a company, individual or organization.
  • Company must have a significant presence in southeastern Wisconsin.
  • Company should be active in local business groups.
  • Company should demonstrate a commitment to regionalization of southeastern Wisconsin’s economy through strong business activities in the region.
  • Company should promote charitable and civic causes.
  • Company should work to build the region’s workforce and enhance its quality of life.
  • Company should demonstrate commitment to purchase, when possible, significant amount of goods and services from local vendors, thereby contributing to a new level of entrepreneurship.
BizTimes Milwaukee also will consider the Bravo! Entrepreneur Awards nominees for the Lifetime Achievement Award, which includes additional criteria:
  • Nominees should have long, demonstrated track records of entrepreneurial success, strong leadership skills and business innovations.
  • Lifetime Achievement winner should have contributed greatly to the growth of the southeastern Wisconsin business community for at least one decade.
  • Winner should provide inspiration to younger entrepreneurs by examples of risk-taking, community-mindedness and success.
  • Winner should have realized outstanding achievements in business or development of the region’s economy.

The winners of the Bravo! Entrepreneur Awards will be featured in an upcoming edition of BizTimes Milwaukee and will be honored at an awards luncheon on Thursday, April 29, at the sixth annual BizTech Conference & Expo to be held at the Wisconsin State Fair Park.

Nominate your entrepreneur today for the 2010 Bravo! Entrepreneur Awards at Nominations are due March 9.
The BizTech Conference & Expo is the largest business-to-business conference in the state. For additional information, visit

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