2016 Ozaukee Business of the Year

Ozaukee Economic Development (OED) is proud to announce its 2016 Business of the Year recipients. 

Eight employees from Commerce State Bank accepts award from Ozaukee Economic Development for 2016 Business of the Year.

The program, which began in 2013, recognizes businesses that have seen significant business and job growth over the past five years and are strong community partners. This year, OED awarded three businesses, one in the small business category, one in the mid-size category and one in the large business category. 

The Small Business of the Year is Commerce State Bank located in Cedarburg and Saukville. 

The company was started in 2005. In 2009, Commerce State Bank opened a small leased location in Cedarburg, it relocated into an expanded branch in Cedarburg in 2014 as well as opened a new location in Saukville. The company has continued to see new growth over the past several years, seeing a significant increase of profits in 2014 and 2015. Commerce State Bank is a strong community supporter with key staff members involved with the Greater Cedarburg Foundation, Ozaukee County Chambers of Commerce, and area Rotary Clubs. The bank also financially supports the Cedarburg Chamber of Commerce, Cedarburg’s Fireman’s Park, the Greater Cedarburg Community Foundation as well as others.

The Mid-Size Business of the Year is Newman Chevrolet in the Town of Cedarburg. 

The company was started in 1979 and has seen steady and constant growth. In 2011, the company expanded its current facility and has over 40 employees at their site. The company is a full-service dealership selling and servicing both new and used cars to customers from throughout the region. Newman Chevrolet is a major supporter of the Town of Cedarburg’s recreation programs, specifically Cedarburg’s Little League program. Newman Chevrolet also supports the Cedarburg Junior Women’s Club, the Grafton Little League, the Cedar Creek Park Bandshell, North Shore Soccer and area festivals.

The Large Business of the Year is Franklin Energy headquartered in Port Washington and also has a branch in Mequon. 

Franklin Energy is a national leader in administration and implementation of energy efficiency programs. The company has seen substantial growth over the past five years growing its footprint from 9 states, 17 clients and 210 employees to now over 33 states, 120 clients and over 500 employees. Franklin Energy has opened four new offices in 2016 already and is in the process of opening four additional offices for a total of 37 offices. Franklin Energy gives back to a variety of community interests including the Port Washington Land Regatta Run/Walk, the Port Washington School District, the Port Washington Economic Development Committee and Be3.


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