Red Shoes Inc. was one of eight Wisconsin businesses to receive top honors in the 2019 Marketplace Governor’s Awards competition, which recognizes outstanding businesses owned by minorities, women and service-disabled veterans. Red Shoes won in the Small Woman-Owned Business category.
The awards were presented by Gov. Tony Evers and Missy Hughes, secretary and CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., at Marketplace 2019, the Governor’s Conference on Minority Business Development in Milwaukee.
“To meet the challenges ahead of us, we must recognize how important inclusion, equity and diversity are to a strong economy,” Evers said. “These awards showcase the important contributions that minority-owned, women-owned and service-disabled veteran-owned businesses make to our communities every day and how they are an important part of building an economy that works for all of us.”
The Marketplace Outstanding Business Awards recognize Wisconsin businesses that show overall business excellence in sales growth, product innovation, employment and management. The awards have two categories, one for businesses with more than 25 employees and one for small businesses with 25 or fewer employees.
All winners are Wisconsin-based companies certified as being minority-owned (MBE), woman-owned (WBE) or service-disabled veteran (SDVB) business enterprises.
Other outstanding business award winners were:
- WBE: Coakley Brothers and Brothers Interiors – Milwaukee
- MBE: Greenfire Management – Milwaukee
- MBE: PeroDigm Design Studio LLC – Cambridge
- SDVB: Nagel Architects LLC – Elm Grove
- MBE: LEDSENS LLC dba Safelumin – Oconomowoc
- WBE: Genesis Health Consulting LLC – Milwaukee
- SDVB: Saving Ourselves LLC – Milwaukee
WEDC received more than 150 nominations for the various awards this year. In all, 25 companies were named as finalists in August.