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Greater Madison’s economic momentum is real, and the Chamber’s economic initiatives are helping accelerate that momentum.

Ground Floor Award for Small Business Leadership: Recipients of the award are leaders both in their business and in the community and, through their efforts, have helped other small businesses succeed. They are mentors, advocates and contributors to the continued development and prosperity of Greater Madison’s small businesses.

— Must be the owner or operator of a small business in Greater Madison.
— Demonstrated commitment to innovation within their business.
— Demonstrated leadership beyond their business and a commitment to community service and support for other small businesses.

Past recipients include:
Carol “Orange” Schroeder of Orange Tree Imports (2023)
Eugenia Podestá of Synergy Coworking (2022)
Mark Schmitz of ZEBRADOG (2019)
Jeff “JP” Patterson of JP Hair Design (2018)
Susan Bulgrin of Culver’s – Todd Drive (2017)
Jim Garner of Sergenian’s Floor Coverings (2016)

HealthTech Capitol: This Chamber-led initiative – which is free to Chamber members – is working to establish Greater Madison as the world leader in health innovation by bringing together providers, insurers, manufacturers, researchers and technologists for educational programming, networking and coordinated marketing and branding opportunities. Visit for more.