Wisconsin Department of Commerce Newsletter
October 2006
Minority Businesses Recognized at Marketplace 2006

Award winners Charles Vang, Ramesh Kapur, Robert Wangard, Glenn Henderson, Mary Perich (Commerce), Jitendra Shah and Irv Palmer gather for a group photo after receiving their awards.
Award winners Charles Vang, Ramesh Kapur, Robert Wangard, Glenn Henderson, Mary Perich (The Co-coordinator of Marketplace 2006), Jitendra Shah and Irv Palmer gather for a group photo after receiving their awards.

Marketplace volunteers take a breather: (backrow) Ann John, Cheryl Jordan, Hank Patterson, Gina Truly, Jerri Peterson, Troy Swallow, (frontrow, seated) Paul Braatz, Anne Thundercloud and Mary Perich.
Marketplace volunteers take a breather: (backrow) Ann John, Cheryl Jordan, Hank Patterson, Gina Truly, Jerri Peterson, Troy Swallow, (frontrow, seated) Paul Braatz, Anne Thundercloud and Mary Perich.

Department of Commerce Secretary Mary P. Burke presented the following awards at the Governor's Conference on Minority Business, Marketplace 2006 today in Milwaukee.

"Governor Jim Doyle's new initiative, 'Get Started, Get Growing' calls for expanding the economic opportunities for minority-owned businesses," said Secretary Burke. "I am pleased to announce the winners of this year's Minority Business (MBE) awards to model examples of flourishing MBEs."

Minority Business of the Year: Husco International
President & CEO: Mr. Agustin Ramirez
Industry Description: Manufacturer of tractors, backhoes and automotive applications located in Waukesha, Wisconsin

Entrepreneurial Excellence Award: Manutec, Inc.
President & CEO: Mr. Irv M. Palmer
Industry Description: Metal fabricating, structural steel sign post, guard rails, and dozer blades; also supplier of steel and production machining.

Distinguished Minority Business Award: Analytical Process Laboratory, Inc.
President & CEO: Mr. Jitendra Shah
Industry Description: Metallurgical testing and environmental analysis of toxic and hazardous waste oil, sludge, metals and wastewater.

Distinguished Minority Business Award: U.S. Foods & Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
President & CEO: Mr. Rajan Vembu
Industry Description: Research and development of preventive health and bio pharmaceutical products for the food science and dairy industry.

For information about opportunities for minority business in Wisconsin, please contact Ruby Brooks, 414/220-5365 or Ruby.Brooks@wisconsin.gov.

-- Barbro McGinn

The newsletter is issued electronically every other month.

Please send comments or questions to Barbro McGinn, editor.

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