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Local BIZ Awards 2021
October 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Celebrating small business ownership by recognizing businesses who are doing great things in the community and with Dane Buy Local was the theme of the annual Biz Awards held Thursday, Oct. 7. At a time when the very existence of small businesses has been threatened by the pandemic, Biz Awards acknowledged the successes of local small businesses who in the face of tough times found ways to not only persevere, but to continue to serve their community.
The live virtual event held at Holy Wisdom Monastery, Madison, Wis., helped small business owners visualize through the power of the zoom format that while they’re independently owned, together they’re an important part of something much larger. The combined presence of local businesses in our county set it apart and ensures that uniqueness is preserved as a part of our community. We wouldn’t be the us we are without the small, independent businesses who see that our needs and wants are met, day in and day out. Successful small businesses can be found just around the corner in the business districts around the community.
A video highlighting small business owners helped by the Dane County Grant Program showed gratitude to Dane County and County Executive, Joe Parisi, for valuing small businesses and helping business owners feel they mattered and that their needs were heard. Since April 2020, the grant program put $29 million back into the economy of Dane County and into the pockets of small local businesses. Notably, 34% went to businesses in under-served communities.
The fun night featured a wine pull and chance-to-win tickets, although we all win when you think local first. Participants received a welcome bag and $15 meal ticket to 1 of 4 restaurants, and enjoyed a virtual after party celebrating the winners.
The Dane Buy Local Biz Awards shined a light and elevated the following businesses for making significant contributions to their community and Dane Buy Local:
Above and Beyond Award: Bunky's Catering – Teresa Pullara Ouabel
Sustainability Award Winner: Green Cab
Community Supporter Award: Fitchburg Family Pharmacy – Thad Schumacher
New Member Award: Devil Radio
Citizen Supporter Award: Lisa Abler
Lemonade Maker: Goodman Jewelers – John Hayes
Staff Pick Award: At Your Core Communications – Jason Hafeman
Look for the Helper Award: The River Food Pantry
Legacy Award: Group Health Cooperative
Outstanding Innovator Award: IH Concepts – Ibrahim Harun