The Greater Milwaukee Committee (GMC), in collaboration with Generation Growth Capital, Inc. and The Business Journal, honored the recipients of the 2010 Inner City Business Awards in a ceremony held on Monday, March 8th at the Pfister Hotel. Now in their seventh year, these awards are intended to drive innovation and action, transform thinking and accelerate inner city business investments by recognizing businesses making great strides in their quest for prosperity in Milwaukee’s inner city.
“Even after this difficult economic climate of the last year, optimism continues to grow in Milwaukee’s inner city,” noted Julia Taylor, President of the GMC. “We are pleased to honor these companies who, through employment opportunities, are contributing to the health and prosperity of inner city neighborhoods.”
The 2010 Inner City Business Awards were presented by Mayor Tom Barrett, Mark Sabljak, Publisher of The Business Journal and Cory Nettles, Managing Director of Generation Growth Capital, Inc. Seven winners were honored, including T.L. Reese Corporation, Comcentria, LLC, Glenn Rieder, Inc., B83 Testing & Engineering, Wild Flour Bakery, Northwest Funeral Chapel, and Prostar, Inc.
Also awarded was the Trailblazer Award, which was established to recognize companies committed to supporting inner city businesses, such as supplier diversity initiatives designed to increase access, procurement opportunities and use of minority-, women-, veteran- and disabled-owned businesses through the purchase of products and services. Johnson Controls was announced as this year’s recipient for its leadership in innovation, strong corporate presence and support for Milwaukee, and its involvement in helping Milwaukee’s inner city businesses find opportunity.
“It is refreshing to see the positive economic momentum in the central city, as displayed by these companies,” said Michael Grebe, Chairman of the GMC. “The recipients of these awards are a great testament to the optimistic spirit of entrepreneurship found in Milwaukee.”