Small Business Times will honor some of the most innovative companies in southeastern Wisconsin when it presents the 2007 I-Q (Innovation Quotient) Awards on Wednesday, May 2.

The awards program will be presented during the Wisconsin Business & Technology Expo, May 2-3, at Wisconsin State Fair Park. The I-Q Awards celebrate southeastern Wisconsin companies and non-profit organizations that are truly innovative with their products, services or processes and are having a positive effect on the region. The I-Q winners are:

  • Bowers & Associates Inc., Franklin. The company developed an online employee health plan evaluation system.
  • The IBEW Great Lakes Training program. The program provides training and inspiration for middle school children to pursue careers in the skilled trades. The program is a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) #2150 and #952; We Energies in Milwaukee; American Transmission Co. (ATC) in Eaukesha; Pieper Electric Inc. in Milwaukee; and Michels Corp. in Brownsville.
  • Lakefront Brewery, Milwaukee. The company developed a gluten-free, kosher beer.
  • The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. The organization is the first orchestra in the world to produce and sell its binaural recordings online.
  • Northwoods Software Development Inc., Milwaukee. The company developed Titan Version 4, a new Web site content management system.
  • Poblocki Sign Co. LLC, West Allis. The company developed and manufactures the “Whirlybird,” a new moving display advertising system.
  • SafeBuilding Solutions, Waukesha. The company launched “el:Kitchen,” a new line of environmentally sustainable kitchen cabinetry.
  • Shorewest Realtors, Brookfield. The company is the first real estate company in the nation to start its own television channel, Shorewest TV.
  • Simix Reactive Solutions LLC, Kenosha. The company developed the Simix Algae & Mold Preventer, a chemical compound that uses the ultra violet rays of the sun and artificial lighting to break down and loosen organic dirt and prevent algae and mold growth on surfaces.
  • Wixon Inc., St. Francis. The company created breakthrough Mag-nifique Flavor Technologies that make healthy foods taste better.

The keynote speaker at the I-Q Awards Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on May 2 will be Matthew May, author of the highly acclaimed business book, “The Elegant Solution: Toyota‘s Formula for Mastering Innovation.” May will share his insights and help Wisconsin companies create and nurture a corporate culture of innovation.

Opening remarks at the luncheon will be provided by Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council. The Tech Council has promoted the concept of the “I-Q Corridor” connecting Chicago, Wisconsin and the Twin Cities, with the “I” representing innovation, intellectual property, investment and the interstate economy — and the “Q” representing quality.


To register to attend the Expo:

For more information: Sarah Wilson at 414-277-8181 ext. 129 or