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MADISON – Governor Scott Walker recognized the achievements of Wisconsin’s female business leaders today at the 2018 Governor’s Trailblazer Awards for Women in Business ceremony at the Wisconsin State Capitol.

“Wisconsin’s economy continues to thrive thanks to the accomplishments of women from across the state,” said Governor Walker. “These exemplary business leaders are a big reason why Wisconsin has a record-low unemployment rate and more people working than ever before. Their leadership is helping move our state forward.”

Trailblazer awards recognize the rich legacy of women's business ownership in Wisconsin and highlight the positive impact it has on Wisconsin’s economy. This year, the Trailblazer Awards program has launched the Forward Award – recognizing majority woman-owned businesses with over 100 employees. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, fewer than one-percent of women-owned businesses nationwide have 100 or more employees.

2018 Governor’s Trailblazer Awards for Women in Business:

COLUMBIA COUNTY

Juliet Nowak
Managing Owner
Angels Loving Care, Inc.
Columbus | Special Recognition

DANE COUNTY

Mary Beth Growney Selene
Founder & President
Ryan Signs, Inc.
Madison | Pioneer Award

Kim M. Lobdell, P.E.
President
KL Engineering, Inc.
Madison | Pioneer Award

Jocelyn Riley
President
Her Own Words, LLC
Madison | Pioneer Award

Charlene Blohm
President & CEO
C. Blohm & Associates, Inc. (CB&A)
Monona | Pioneer Award

EAU CLAIRE COUNTY

Nancy Orth
Owner
Starr’s Sister Salon
Eau Claire | Pioneer Award

MANITOWOC COUNTY

Lynn Seidl-Babcock, RN BSN
Owner & Administrator
HomeCare Health Services & Hospice and Manitowoc HomeCare
Manitowoc | Forward & Pioneer Award

Mary Floyd
Owner
Country Styler
St. Nazianz | Pioneer Award

MILWAUKEE COUNTY  

Erica Herrera
President & Owner
EFH Trucking LLC | Special Recognition

Anne K. Maedke, DC, DABCI
Owner
Maedke Chiropractic Center
Milwaukee | Pioneer Award

Jane A. Svinicki
President
Svinicki Association Management Inc.
Milwaukee | Pioneer Award

OZAUKEE COUNTY

Laurie W. Ziegler
Managing Member
Sass Accounting, LLC
Saukville | Pioneer Award

POLK COUNTY

Kathleen Gionis
Owner
Gionis & Murtaugh Law Office, LLC
St. Croix Falls | Pioneer Award

ROCK COUNTY

Diane Everson
Publisher
The Edgerton Reporter
Edgerton | Pioneer Award

WAUKESHA COUNTY

Angela Goff Chmura
Owner
Goff’s Collision Repair Centers
Waukesha | Forward Award

WINNEBAGO COUNTY

Tammy Dannhoff
Owner
Kids Are Us Family Child Care
Oshkosh | Pioneer Award

Diane Penzenstadler
President & Owner
44° North Advertising & Design, LLC
Oshkosh | Pioneer Award

To-date, 88 Wisconsin women-owned businesses, across 28 Wisconsin counties, have been recognized with Governor’s Trailblazer Awards.

Forward Awards

New this year – honors the owners of majority women-owned businesses with over 100 employees. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, fewer than one-percent of women-owned businesses nationwide have 100 or more employees. Nationally, two-thirds of all female- and male-owned businesses with employees (other than the owner) have fewer than five employees; over 90 percent have fewer than 20.

Pioneer Awards

Honor the owners of majority women-owned Wisconsin businesses, that have been in continuous operations for the past 25 years or more. Women who started and sustained businesses when there were few resources or role models to do so, and who continue to succeed today.

Special Recognition Awards

Through a partnership with the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) – honors women, who through their trailblazing entrepreneurial spirit – evidenced by business innovation and success, overcoming obstacles, and a personal commitment to giving back to their industry and community – found their path to business ownership.

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