Chamber announces Small Business Week honorees

The Fort Madison Chamber of Commerce will be hosting their annual Small Business Awards Breakfast and Expo on Thursday, May 4 at Comfort Inn & Suites from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tickets are available by calling the Chamber office.


FORT MADISON – The Fort Madison Area Chamber of Commerce will host the Small Business Breakfast & Expo during National Small Business Week beginning April 30 to honor Fort Madison area small businesses.

Nominees for the Micro Business of the Year and Small Business of the Year award will be acknowledged and the winners announced during the morning festivities on Thursday, May 4th at the Comfort Inn & Suites.

The Small Business Expo will open promptly at 7:00am. Small businesses will line the perimeter of the banquet room allowing breakfast attendees to browse the booths, gather information, and make important business connections. Attendees will then enjoy a breakfast buffet followed by the awards ceremony for the Micro Business of the Year and Small Business of the Year awards.

Nominations were solicited from the Fort Madison Area Chamber of Commerce membership then divided into the appropriate category; Micro Business (0-5 employees) or Small Business (6-99 employees). The Nominations Review Committee comprised of past award winners and chamber event committee members had the task of choosing the award winners. “The committee members take their responsibility seriously when choosing the award winners.

“This is hard” is the typical response I hear from the committee members” says Laura Francisco, Chamber Coordinator.

Congratulations to the following well deserving business nominees.
Micro Business of the Year Nominees

Dawgs & Divas, Dollhouse Dreams, Kelly Cakes, Green Oak Development, Rev Fitness, STAG, Welch’s Insurance Agency, Inc., Wilken Auto Body

Small Business of the Year Nominees

Atlas Steak & Smokehouse, Bix Basement Systems, Boulders Inn & Suites, Group Benefit Partners, LLC, Holtkamp’s Floors, Décor & Furniture, J & S Electronics, Peavine Lane Pet Spa, Steffensmeier Welding & Manufacturing

Small business owners, entrepreneurs and the general public are invited to attend the full breakfast buffet and awards ceremony. Tickets may be purchased by contacting the chamber office at or 319-372-5471.

This event is made possible in part to the generous support of our member business sponsors. A heartfelt thank you to Premier Sponsor Huffman Welding & Machine / Huffman’s Farm & Home and expo sponsors Atlas Steak & Smokehouse, CBIZ /ASBDC, C.U.R.E. Business Solutions, Dodd Printing and Stationery, Fort Madison Community Hospital, iConnectU, International Eyecare Center, Mohrfeld Electric/Green Oak Development, Small Business Administration, SunnyBrook Assisted Living and TEAM Staffing Solutions.

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