GCDC is now accepting nominations for special awards to be presented during our Annual Meeting and Recognition Dinner, scheduled for Wednesday, April 24 at Turner Hall in Monroe. These awards are:
• The Outstanding Business of the Year
• The Entrepreneurial Spirit Award
• The Richard B. Schmied Leadership Award
These awards recognize both large and small accomplishments and provides all of the nominees a chance to showcase their businesses. Any individual, group or business may nominate a business or leader, and businesses and leaders may nominate themselves.
Outstanding Business of the Year Award
The Outstanding Business of the Year Award honors an existing business that has demonstrated exemplary commitment to Green County’s economic growth. The award-winner will have made a significant improvement to strengthen its market position or have overcome an obstacle affecting the company’s ability to grow. This could include installing new technology, developing new processes, creating jobs which improve employment opportunities for under-utilized workers, and sponsoring specialized training to enhance the skills of existing employees. The company should also be able to demonstrate a long-term history of supporting other Green County businesses and community initiatives.
Entrepreneurial Spirit Award
The Entrepreneurial Spirit Award honors an entrepreneur who leads the way for their business. This award will be given to the entrepreneur who best demonstrates: a hunger for opportunity, a growth mindset and willingness to learn, a willingness to find solutions to challenges and problems, a strong work ethic, and an example of what a good entrepreneur looks like.
Richard B. Schmied Leadership Award
This award commemorates Richard B. Schmied, remembered for the characteristics of leadership he exhibited. The winner of the award exemplifies the character of a true leader.
Richard represented the Village of New Glarus on the GCDC Board of Directors from November 1995, served as GCDC’s Vice President in 1998 and 1999, and was GCDC’s President at the time of his death in November 2000.
Richard worked with many partners to foster a professional, collaborative mindset in New Glarus and throughout the county. He instituted a planning and organizational structure to bring visions and goals to reality, and worked on all the tough issues: land use and growth management, highway rerouting, the Swiss Center of North America, streetscape planning, infrastructure, parks and recreation planning, historic preservation, establishing a Tax Increment Finance District, industrial park expansion and development, and many more.
He also never lost sight of the other small but vitally important opportunities to teach, reinforce and elevate people.2019 Business Awards Nomination Form Fillable