This year marks the 38th year of this prestigious award, first presented by the Door County Chamber of Commerce in 1973. Last year’s award winner was Roen Salvage Company. Other recent winners of the Industry of the Year Award include Door Peninsula Winery, N.E.W Industries, Inc., and Washington Island Ferry Line.
The Entrepreneur of the Year Award — last year given to Northern Door restaurateurs JJ and Kristine Johnson — celebrates those individuals who have taken the initiative to start and grow a successful small business in Door County. Eligible businesses include those with fewer than 50 employees that exhibit recent growth and future potential through job creation, innovation and/or investment in the business, have at least three years of successful business experience and demonstrated civic and community involvement.
According to DCEDC Board Chair Roger Kinnard: “The Industry Award serves to recognize the continuing importance of our manufacturing, service and industrial businesses to the Door County economy. The Entrepreneur Award celebrates how important small businesses are for the continuing growth of our local economy. Nationally, small business accounts for 60-80% of new job creation. That situation is only magnified in Door County, and it is our pleasure to honor those who are starting and growing small businesses here.”
Any Door County resident or business can nominate a business or entrepreneur by contacting DCEDC. Self-nominations are also encouraged.