Minnesota Family Business Awards 2020

Celebrating the success of companies that take work personally.
Minnesota Family Business Awards 2020

When time are tough, it’s often our families we turn to for support. The 2020 Minnesota Family Business Awards honorees can all speak to the resilience, agility, and strength of family relationships that carry them through challenging times, personally and professionally. Particularly this year, with a pandemic making it nearly impossible to separate the personal from the professional, relying on that emotional bedrock is not only comforting, it sets company culture. 

The leaders of the businesses TCB is recognizing this year will all eagerly tell you that they are bonded to their employees and, in many cases, their clients and customers, in ways that are very similar to the ties that unite them as families. Those kinds of bonds help them emerge from stressful and uncertain days stronger than ever. It’s the not-so-secret “secret” of their success and durability.

Once again, Twin Cities Business presents the stories of five successful and distinctive Minnesota businesses that have been passed from one generation to the next. In several cases, extended family members work together, day in and day out. They show us how working for a common goal can strengthen personal bonds. And they offer management insights that companies of all sizes can profit from, family-run or not.

In addition to the winners and finalists, Twin Cities Business is spotlighting Michaela Smith, honored with this year’s Hubler Award for a Multidisciplinary Approach to Working with Family Businesses. The Hubler Award recognizes people who have made exceptional contributions to the betterment of Minnesota family businesses.

The honorees of the 2020 Minnesota Family Business Awards were chosen by this year’s panel: Tom Hubler, owner, Hubler for Business Families; Jessica Manivasager, shareholder, Fredrikson & Byron; Paddy McNeely, chairman and CEO, Meritex Enterprises; Jon Keimig, Family Business Center director, University of St. Thomas; Allison Kaplan, editor-in-chief, Twin Cities Business; and Shelly Elmore, publisher, Twin Cities Business.

Minnesota Family Business Awards Conversation Series

Twin Cities Business invites you to join us online at noon Tuesdays from Oct. 13–Nov. 10 for a one-on-one conversation with each of the 2020 Minnesota Family Business Awards winners and TCB editor-in-chief Allison Kaplan. We’ll discuss the unique benefits and challenges of running a family business and learn more about what makes these companies successful, generation after generation.
Register for free at tcbmag.com/mfba20.

Oct. 13: Waytek Inc.

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