Honorees

2018 Business of the Year Honorees include (left to right) Shawn Kline and Jeremy Austrum, Next Generation Automotive (Small Business of the Year); Rob O'Keefe, Past President of St. Croix EDC and program emcee; Steve Schmidt, iMARK Molding (Business of the Year); and Jim Bradac, St. Croix Valley Blow Molding (Emerging Business of the Year). PHOTO SUBMITTED

St. Croix EDC accepting nominations for its 2019 Business of the Year program

Categories include:

Emerging Business of the Year (a start-up business that has operated in St. Croix County for five or fewer years); Small Business of the Year (29 or fewer employees); and Business of the Year (30 or more employees).

Qualifying companies must be involved in manufacturing, distribution, construction, health care, or must be service providers to other companies. Companies must be operated for profit. (Retail companies are not eligible.)

Individuals may nominate a company in any of the categories or a business may place their company’s name in nomination.

Criteria include: Recent Noteworthy Accomplishments: i.e. milestone anniversary, physical plant expansion, new product line, increases in employment, sales increases, pollution control advances, new training programs, export sales, or any other significant advances.

Contributions to Enhance the Community: Contributions to community projects, service to area youth, education programs, and other efforts to increase the quality of life in the area.

The winners will be announced in January and honored at a banquet on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at Kilkarney Hills Golf Course in River Falls.

A nomination form and guidelines can be obtained by contacting Nita Dusek at (715) 381-4383 or nita@stcroixedc.com. The deadline to submit is Friday, December 13, at the close of business.

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2018 Business of the Year Honorees include (left to right) Shawn Kline and Jeremy Austrum, Next Generation Automotive (Small Business of the Year); Rob O'Keefe, Past President of St. Croix EDC and program emcee; Steve Schmidt, iMARK Molding (Business of the Year); and Jim Bradac, St. Croix Valley Blow Molding (Emerging Business of the Year)

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