For the City Times
One Portage County business and one non-profit organization were singled out for honors Friday, May 1st at the Portage County Business Council’s Small Business Breakfast.
Over 100 people attended the event held at the Stevens Point Country Club.
The Entrepreneur of the Year Award was presented to CrossFit Stevens Point, owned by Scott Keyser, based on four factors: growth and financial stability, dedication to customer service and community needs, personal commitment and innovation efforts to identify a market niche.
CrossFit has shown significant growth since opening their doors in June 2013. The growth, according to a news release from PCBC, can be attributed to member support, an ongoing goal to provide exceptional levels of personal service, and an 89% retention rate. The business started with less than 30 members and presently has 181 members and continues to add new members each month.
CrossFit’s commitment to the community has been demonstrated through donations, involvement and support to many organizations including Operation Bootstrap, Portage County Humane Society, Project Fresh Start, and the Business Council itself.
In May 2014, CrossFit Stevens Point raised $3,800 for the Lone Survivor Foundation to benefit wounded veterans. In October 2014, they raised more than $3,000 for the Saint Michael’s Angel Fund to help uninsured women receive mammograms. In February 2015, they held an event called Love Gone Bad which raised more than $5,000 for the Saint Michael’s Heart Fund which helps place AEDs in public places around Portage County.
“Their dedication to bettering our local community is another element that makes CrossFit Stevens Point a unique and valuable part of the Portage County business community,” said Karen Schanock, director of programs & events for the Business Council.
CrossFit is located at 1400 Contractors Boulevard.
The PCBC’s new award- the Portage County Charitable Community Award- was presented to Community Industries Corporation (CIC).
The group was honored for its work in enriching the lives of Portage County residents.
CIC provides services to adults with disabilities, connecting community residents to programs such as its Transportation Program, which transports rural residents to work and service appointments. Its Supported Employment Program enables people with disabilities to work and contribute to the community.
CIC staff works to develop and maintain relationships with over 80 area businesses that provide job training, work experiences and informational tours to the individuals they serve.
CIC is marking 50 years of enriching lives of community members by fostering community integration, self-determination and independent decision making by the people they serve.
“We congratulate Executive Director Mae Nachman and all the staff of CIC,” Schanock said.
Sheriff Mike Lukas was also in attendance as a guest speaker. He talked about the role of the Portage Co. Sheriff, and how it impacts small businesses.
Sponsors of the event included: Anderson O’Brien, BMO Harris Bank, CliftonLarsonAllen, Community First Bank, First Law Group, Regnier Consulting Group and US Bank.
Kurt Luchs, general manager of NRG Media, was master of ceremonies for the event.
The Small Business Breakfast is an annual celebration of small business success across Portage County. The Portage County Business Council focuses in the areas of business, community, employee and student development to strengthen our area’s quality of life and business climate.