Minnesota Family Business of the Year Awards Announces 2009 Sponsors

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MinnesotaBusiness Magazine and Hubler for Business Families announce the launch of the 2009 Minnesota Family Business Awards. The awards are being sponsored by Bremer Bank, Gray Plant Mooty, Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company LLP, the Center for Family Enterprise at the University of St. Thomas and the JJ Hill Library.

MinnesotaBusiness Magazine and Hubler for Business Families announce the launch of the 2009 Minnesota Family Business Awards.

"In these challenging economic times it should be noted that an estimated 78 percent of new jobs are created by family companies, so this is a worthy opportunity to celebrate the success of Minnesota-owned family businesses," says David Gee, Editor, MinnesotaBusiness Magazine.

"We had a very positive and heartfelt response to our first-ever Minnesota Family Business Awards last year, and look forward to an even bigger and better event in October."

There will be five different Minnesota Family Business Awards this year covering both emerging and legacy companies. "The award winners will be nominated from business models that exemplify professionalism, leadership development for future generations, and the company's and family's community involvement," said Tom Hubler, CEO of Hubler for Business Families.

"We are proud to support the vital mission of celebrating and promoting Minnesota's family businesses," said Steve Meads, President, of Bremer Bank in the Twin Cities. As a bank focused on meeting the needs of businesses, our bankers work daily with business families and their companies to ensure they can continue to grow and thrive. Celebrating their success is important."

"Gray Plant Mooty's Family Business Enterprise Advisory Team (FBEAT) is proud to serve as legal counsel to many of the Midwest's most successful family-owned businesses," says Sally Stolen Grossman, a principal at Gray Plant Mooty and FBEAT co-chair. "Our understanding of the relationship between business and family is critical in helping our family business clients solve their legal problems. Family businesses are unique, vital to our economy, and underappreciated. We are pleased to participate through these awards in bringing family businesses the recognition they deserve."

"With so much change and uncertainty in the markets, the basic fact that Minnesota's family businesses are the backbone of our economy, and the drivers of new job creation must be told" said Beth Kieffer Leonard, Managing Partner Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company LLP. "Through our involvement in these awards--their stories will be told."

"Many, many enterprising families in Minnesota have established successful businesses, especially during times of recession" said Ritch Sorenson, Academic Director of the Center for Family Enterprise. "For 20 years, we have provided education for students and enterprising families. And, we conduct research and sponsor conferences designed to make enterprising families more prominent and successful. Even though family firms generate most of the gross national product and jobs, they are rarely recognized. We will continue provide awards to family businesses at the University of St. Thomas. In addition, we enthusiastically support this movement to recognize with awards more enterprising families for their significant contributions to society in Minnesota."

The Minnesota Family Business Awards ceremony will be held on October 27, 2009 at the McNamara Alumni Center on the Minneapolis campus of the University of Minnesota. Nominations for the award and the purchase of tickets for the event can be made at http://www.MinnesotaFamilyBusinessAwards.com

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