The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is seeking nominations for the 2019 Marketplace Governor’s Awards that recognize outstanding Wisconsin businesses owned by minorities, women and service-disabled veterans. 

The nomination deadline is July 15. The online nomination form and more details can be found at Marketplace

 Small and large businesses will each be honored in two categories: the Outstanding Business Award, which recognizes established businesses that have demonstrated the capacity to grow over the past five years and have plans for con-tinued expansion; and the Rising Star Award, which honors businesses established after 2015 that have demonstrated strong growth potential. 

Winners will be honored at Marketplace 2019, the Governor’s Conference on Diverse Business Development, at the Potawatomi Hotel and Conference Center in Milwaukee. The event is scheduled for Oct. 23-24. 

The Marketplace 2019 awards are open to Wisconsin-based companies that have been certified as a minority-owned business enterprise (MBE), woman-owned business enterprise (WBE) or service-disabled veteran-owned business (SDVB) by the State of Wisconsin or equivalent programs listed on the nomination form. Companies that have not yet been certified will be connected with the agencies providing these certifications. Companies that have won these awards in the past five years are not eligible for a 2019 award, but runners-up may apply. 

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