City Times Staff
Two local businesses and industry leaders will be singled out for honors at the Portage Co. Business Council’s annual dinner in February.
Each year business council members, guests and dignitaries gather to celebrate the best of the best in volunteers, businesses, government, education and non-profit organizations. The annual dinner is a celebration of past accomplishments; also an opportunity to recognize the achievements of the past year.
Chosen for his dedication to community outreach and participation in activities that promote the PCBC mission is Dan Blumenstein with Rack Industrial, who will be presented the Ambassador of the Year award.
“Dan is a quiet leader who leads by example and never seeks recognition for his efforts,” said Karen Schanock, Director of Programs & Events for the Portage County Business Council.
Bev’s Floral & Gifts will be awarded the Small Business of the Year for their growth, strength in employer/employee relations, efforts to adapt to market changes, commitment to community service and industry leadership.
The council selected Heartland Farms, Inc. to receive the Decree of Excellence Award based on their contributions to the area’s economic vitality, increase in local employment base and significant contributions in community service.
Lorraine Avery, recent retiree and former Senior Vice President of Associated Bank will be presented the President’s Award for her dedication to the Portage County Business Council, the PCBC Foundation and her economic development efforts for our community.
“Lorraine has been an integral part of our executive committee and impacted the Portage County Business Council in so many different ways,” said PCBC Board President Erik Carlson. “More importantly, she has been fully engaged in the community over her career and truly made a difference in the quality of life in our area.”
The Presenting sponsor of the event is Skyward. Award sponsors include AT&T, CliftonLarsonAllen, Delta Dental of Wisconsin and WoodTrust Bank. The reception sponsors include Marshfield Clinic, Ministry Health Care and The Dirks Group.
“These award winners prove that economic vitality meets quality of life in our community,” said Todd Kuckkahn, PCPC executive director. “These businesses and leaders are changing the business landscape and are exemplary role models. It is always fun to brag about what is good here.”
The Portage County Business Council focuses on business retention and attraction and employee retention and attraction to enhance the economic vitality of the region.
The dinner will be held Thursday, Feb. 2 at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center from 5:50 AM to 8:30 PM.
The event is open to the public. Reservations are due by Jan. 26 at portagecountybiz.com.
For more information call (715) 344-1940.