Two Portage County businesses and two industry leaders were honored on Wednesday, January 29 at the Portage County Business Council’s Annual Dinner held at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center, Stevens Point.

Nearly 400 people attended.

Chosen for her dedication to community outreach and participation in activities that promote the mission of the Portage County Business Council, Sarah Agena, entrepreneur and owner of Flexible Nutrition Solutions was selected for the Ambassador of the Year. “Sarah’s enthusiasm and dedication toward volunteering for the Business Council is outstanding. She is a patient, compassionate, and humble leader who is continually an example to others and never seeks recognition for her efforts,” said Karen Myers, Director of programs and events for the Portage County Business Council.

Dance Education Center owner Tori Rogoski was selected for the Small Business of the Year Award for their growth, strength in employer/employee relations, efforts to adapt to market changes, commitment to community service and industry leadership. The Center has donated more than $175,000 to local organizations and is the first Wisconsin chapter of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts.

The Business Council selected Marten Machining for 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. This summer, Martin Machining will be moving into its new 40,000-square-foot manufacturing headquarters on 11.5 acres in the Portage County Business Park.

The company has 40 full- and part-time employees and plan to double its workforce within five years.

Ward Wolff was selected for the President’s Award for his dedication to the Portage County Business Council, the Portage County business community and economic development for our community.

“Ward Wolff is a great example of a Portage County leader. He is truly an executive with a community vision. Through his leadership at First Weber Realtors, as past board member of the PCBC, and through volunteering with the Lions Club, Green Circle Trail and Stevens Point Board of Realtors, Ward has shown that he believes in local economic development and strong community partnerships. Ward is deserving of the 2019 President’s award,” said Todd Kuckkahn, PCBC executive director.