( PRESS RELEASE ) WAUSAU — The Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce has rescheduled their annual Business Week events for the week of Monday, August 24 to Friday, August 28. The Chamber’s Business Week features a variety of free virtual events, open to both members and non-members, along with the announcement of the 2020 Small Business of the Year Award recipients.

“Our Business Week offers an opportunity for everyone in our community to celebrate our businesses.” said Dave Eckmann, President/CEO of the Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce. “We are excited to offer a series of virtual events which offer opportunities for networking, recognition, education and entertainment.”

The week will begin with a Virtual Town Hall Meeting for Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District. Congressman Tom Tiffany will offer an update from Washington, DC and cover topics relevant to businesses and constituents in the District. The live webcast begins at noon on Monday, August 24.

Also scheduled for Monday, August 24, a Virtual Nothing But Networking program offers individuals an opportunity to grow their network during this Zoom meeting to be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

A program scheduled from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 25 will outline how the Wausau region can accelerate positive change and build a brighter future. What’s Next for Greater Wausau? will include presentations from featured speakers Jon Roberts and John Karras, both with TIP Strategies Inc, the agency which produced the Greater Wausau Economic Development Strategic Plan in early 2019.

The Small Business of the Year Award recognizes business growth, community involvement, and innovative efforts in the Wausau Region. The recipients of this year’s award will be named during the 2020 Small Business of the Year Awards event which will be broadcast on Central Wisconsin The CW WAOW 9.2 and streamed on the News 9 WAOW Facebook page at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 26. The 2020 recipients will be presented with their awards at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. the same afternoon in a series of Facebook live videos on the Chamber’s Facebook page.

The finalists in each of three categories are:

Business-to-Business category: Fully Promoted – Wausau and LB Medwaste Services Inc
Business-to-Consumer category: Buska Retirement Solutions Inc, Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning, Health in Motion, Tommy Dock Products LLC, Wausau Country Club Inc and Wausau Smiles Dental LLC
Charitable Non-Profit category: Achieve Center Inc, K-tech Charities Inc, McLit: Marathon County Literacy Council Inc and The Open Door of Marathon County Inc

A Small Business of the Year Recognition Ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 26. Each of the 2020 Small Business of the Year recipients will describe their paths to success during this live webcast.

The week will wrap-up with a Name That Jingle Virtual Game Show which will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 28. Watch as contestants attempt to identify the member business by listening to just a few notes of their jingle. A pool of contestants will be assembled following a contest to be held in August on the Chamber’s Facebook page.  These players will compete for a variety of prizes.

The 2020 Business Week is presented by Marshfield Clinic Health System and sponsored by Sam’s Club at the platinum level, Aspirus and Aspirus Arise at the gold level, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, Ruder Ware LLSC and Wipfli LLP at the silver level, The Dirks Group?, Fully Promoted, Ho-Chunk Gaming – Wittenberg, Wisconsin Public Service Corp and Yach’s Body & Custom at the bronze level. Media sponsors for the week include Midwest Communications?, The Business News and WAOW Newsline 9?. The live production sponsor is JEM Productions

For more information on the 2020 Small Business of the Year Awards, including a list of past recipients, visit WausauChamber.com.

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