11th Annual Business Awards Celebration Recap

This year's 11th Annual Business Awards Celebration was a huge success!

A sincere thank you to all who sponsored and joined us!

2017 Businesses of the Year Awardees

The Chamber’s Annual Business of the Year Award recognizes a business that has made significant contributions to the community while supporting the economic growth of the community it serves by practicing great work ethics, processes and systems to provide quality service and products to their customers.

Highlander Home Health Care: Richard Chao Vang


Highlander Home Health Care is a private home health care business headquartered in the heart of the northwest side of Milwaukee. Founded in 2004 by Richard Chao Vang, a long time social services veteran, Highlander Home Health Care was the very first Hmong-owned personal care agency in Milwaukee, providing hands-on personal care services to the elderly, disabled, and people who are ill. They now serve over five hundred clients and employ over three hundred employees.

Thao Enterprises: Chungyia and Maiyoua Thao

Chungyia and Maiyoua are not only husband and wife, but also business partners with six children. Together they make up Thao Enterprises, under which they have diversified their businesses to include Long Cheng Marketplace, Tongxeng Personal Home Care, Thao Properties, and Harmony Counseling Center. The Thao Enterprises’ journey began with the sole desire to do something greater that would allow them the time and resources to do the real work that they are passionate about – that of helping people.

2017 Emerging Small Business of the Year Awardees

The Chamber’s Emerging Small Business of the Year Award recognizes a small business that has demonstrated significant growth and success in the areas of economics, job creation and market demand.

D & M Tile, LLC: Yeng Kong Lee

D & M Tile, LLC was found in 2005 by Daniel Koch, who entered the tile trade upon returning from the army in 1999. Yeng Kong Lee joined D & M in 2015 as President and Partner. D & M Tile’s contract portfolio spans commercial projects statewide, such as the Dental Associates facilities in both Waukesha and Milwaukee, the MOD Superfast Pizza locations in Shorewood, Wauwatosa, Madison and Oconomoc.

Nominees: Resting Place Massage Therapy Center, Nail Studio and Spa, Xiong Gingseng

2017 Business Startup of the Year Awardees

Launched for the first time, the Business Startup of the Year award recognizes a new business startup that has demonstrated an upward trajectory towards sustainability and growth, while venturing into non-traditional business development industries.

Pin High Golf Center: I Lan and Linda Hang

Pin High Golf Center: I Lan and Linda Hang

I Lan and Linda purchased the rundown driving range in Mequon, WI, in early 2016.

The couple immediately updated the clubhouse and purchased all new practice equipment, created a lesson program for Junior Golfers, brought back the high school golf teams, and are currently working on plans to build a

new year-round practice facility.

Nominees: Milwaukee Asian Market Phongsavan and Nyob Zoo Milwaukee TV

Milwaukee Office

5421 N 118th Ct, Milwaukee, WI 53225 | 414.645.8828

Wausau Satellite Office

1109 N. 6th Street, Wausau, WI 54403 | 715.298.6071

Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 AM-5:00 PM