2016 HWCC Annual Business Awards Luncheon
This year's 10th Annual HWCC Business Awards Luncheon was a huge success! A sincere thank you to all who joined us in celebration of our 10 year anniversary.
L.Jay Inc. - Business of the Year Awardee
The 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.
L. Jay, Inc. started in 1989 with a group of local Hmong community leaders in Wausau who envisioned establishing a Hmong-owned company that would create job opportunities for the Hmong community while also providing workforce development training for its employees.
In 1996, husband and wife, Jay and Yia Lee, took full ownership of the business. Under the management of daughter, Sophiaya, and son-in-law, Moua Xiong, L. Jay, Inc. grew to an employee base of over 20 full time employees producing over 350 pairs of shoes per day. In 2003, Jay's oldest son, Kou Lee, came on as the full-time manager, expanding the company even further to over 40 employees producing over 600 pairs of shoes a day.
Congratulations, L. Jay. Inc.!
Nail Bar Milwaukee - 2016 Emerging Small Business Awardee
The Emerging Small Business of the Year Award recognizes a new small business that has demonstrated significant growth and success in the areas of economics, job creation and market demand.
Wen-Tyan Soo was born to immigrant parents from Singapore and raised on the east side of Milwaukee. Not even two years into opening Nail Bar Milwaukee, she has been voted twice as a 3 Best Nail Salons in Milwaukee by ThreeBest Rated, a Milwaukee All Star in OnMilwaukee, voted #4 Best Manicure and Pedicure in Milwaukee on WISN City Voter, and last but not least, featured in the prominent NAILS Magazine.
Her vision was to create a place that was beautiful and welcoming to both women and men, while embracing innovation in her trade - it is evident that she has succeeded in accomplishing this vision.
Congratulations, Nail Bar Milwaukee!