Small businesses are leading economy out of the Great Recession

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The 2010 Waukesha County Chamber of Commerce Top 10 Small Businesses of the Year Awards were presented to a group of businesses that are committed to high-quality products and services, as well as exceptional customer and employee relations.
Winners were selected from a list of 50 nominated companies. This year’s winners are:

One company was also selected for the Chamber’s Choice Award: Minuteman Press – Waukesha

The winners were selected by an independent panel of judges based upon criteria that included financial growth, employee growth, customer focus, employee relations and community service.

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“We are thrilled to recognize and celebrate the achievements of these exceptional companies,” said Suzanne Kelley, president of the Waukesha County Chamber of Commerce.

“Small business owners are the economic engine of this community, creating more jobs and employing more people than any other sector. Our award-winning companies exemplify the commitment and passion it takes to be a thriving small business during these challenging economic times,” Kelley said. “In learning about these companies, it became clear that a focus on the “people factor” was a key ingredient of their success. Positive employee relations, a total commitment to customer satisfaction and strong supplier relationships are some of the reasons these winners stand out. Small businesses, defined as those with fewer than 500 employees, comprise about 85 percent of Waukesha County’s business community. We are fortunate that through agility, innovation and some tough decision-making, the vast majority of our county’s small business base has been able to weather some difficult economic conditions. However, our winning companies’ best practices and strategies for growth are useful lessons for any economy.”

Dan Meyer, publisher of BizTimes Milwaukee, said, “Facilitating commerce in southeastern Wisconsin is at the core of our company’s mission. That’s why we’re proud to present the winners of the Small Businesses of the Year Awards. These companies are the bread and butter of the region’s economy. These companies are leading us out of the Great Recession.”

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The winning companies shared some of their best practices and were recognized for their accomplishments at the awards luncheon on Thursday, June 10, at the Country Springs Hotel in Pewaukee.

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