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Innovator Award

A distinguished attorney, Lane Ware was the consummate professional with a sincere drive to make the Wausau community a better place for life and for business. He was tireless in his drive and support of entrepreneurship and innovation. You’d often hear him quip, “If you’re not growing, you’re dying on the vine.” He realized that to succeed in business, you needed to innovate and differentiate, to remain relevant in a changing economy. While Lane worked with businesses of all sizes, it was the entrepreneurs and small businesses that inspired and excited him the most. The Ruder Ware Innovator Award was created to honor Lane, and to recognize outstanding individuals who personify the spirit of entrepreneurship and demonstrate excellence in the way they conduct business.

Nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • Should be an entrepreneur and/or a small business owner (50 employees or less) with a proven record of innovation in business
  • Business must operate within the region served by the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce
  • Business does not need to be a Wausau Region Chamber member
  • Neither the business nor the owner needs to be a Ruder Ware client

If you feel that you or someone you know in the Wausau community personifies this award, please contact the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce.  Once the nominations are collected, an application will be sent to all nominees that meet the above criteria.

The award winner will be announced at the Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting.

Previous winners include:

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2018 Winner

Loreen Glaman, Vino Latte

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2017 Winner

Trena Loomis, The Caring Tree

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2016 Winner

Kevin Eichelberger, Red Eye Brewing Co.

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2015 Winner

Brian Gunning, Wausome Foods