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Wausau Chamber names this year's Small Business of the Year winners


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) -- A trio of Wausau businesses got top honors from the Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.

Finishing Touch Signs, Grebes and Bridge Community Health Clinic were all named Small Businesses of the year by the Chamber as a part of the annual Small Business week.

Bridge Community Clinic was named Non-Profit of the Year. Director Laura Scudiere says she's honored to be named among the best non-profits in the area. "We're just happy to be counted as one of them, and we're really excited that the community sees us as a resource and wants to support us in this way and to give my staff this much deserved recognition."

Grebes won in the Business to Customer category. Roger Grebe says the store has changed radically over the years, catering to the needs of the community as it was needed. "I don't know what's next, I keep telling people I don't know what's next. A niche today is so important in retail. And appliances are not so much a niche, everyone has those, but box stores may carry them but they don't service it."

Finishing Touch Signs won in the Business to Business category. Co-owner David Guld says their company has expanded so far past just working in central Wisconsin. "We've done a number of waterparks on the east coast of Florida, we did a military base in Florida. We've been out as far as LA, we did the Motorola headquarters. Right now we're doing the University of Missouri."

The Chamber has handed out these awards during Small Business Week since 1981. The three companies will be getting chief placement at this year's Business Expo and year long assistance through the Chamber.