3 Wausau region organizations honored for excellence in business

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ROTHSCHILD, Wis. (WSAW) There's a new reason to celebrate three small businesses in the Greater Wausau Region. The Greater Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce handed out their 'Small Business of the Year' awards Tuesday.

A winner was chosen in each of the three categories: Business to business, business to consumer, and charitable nonprofit.

Luoma Design Solutions Inc. took home the trophy in the business to business category. Dan and Leslie Luoma accepted the award but said it's their employees who deserve the honor.

"To have our name announced was certainly a surprise, but I hope this shows our team that they are appreciated and that this is really an award for them".

In the business to consumer category, Ruppel Chiropractic LLC won.
It's run by Steven Ruppel, whose no stranger to the limelight. He holds three Guinness World Records. But he and his team say the Small Business of the Year award came as a complete shock.

"We're very surprised" Steven Ruppel said. His wife, Abby echoed the same sentiment.

"I am shocked. I'm still shaking" she said. Even the lead chiropractic doctor said the award came as a surprise.

"Honestly, just completely blown away. I was not expected this at all," Dr. Morgan Day said.

In the nonprofit category, the Wausau River District took first place in the category. The River District was a finalist in the category in 2017 but didn't make the final cut. Now that they've won the small business of the year award, The Wausau River District Director Blake Opal-Wahoske said it's time to move forward.

"Our plans for the future is to continue the good work for downtown, We do have a new event coming up: Downtown History Walk and we encourage everyone to come explore downtown Wausau and the history" he said.

Winners of the Small Business Year of the Award will share their stories of success in a recognition ceremony Friday.