Wisconsin Family Business of the Year Award Winners Announced!

On May 1, nine companies received awards at the eleventh annual Wisconsin Family Business of the Year Award Banquet held in Middleton. 

Smith & Gesteland is proud to have created and sponsor this award that brings recognition for the wonderful things family businesses do in our state. Over the years, we have honored 78 companies. 

For more information on the winners and the award, visit www.familybusinessaward.com

View some AWESOME acceptance speeches from the May 1 banquet!

2014 Winners!

Grand Awards

State Collection Service, Inc., Madison - Large Company

Automation Components, Inc., Middleton - Medium Company

Michael F. Simon Builders, Inc., Waunakee - Small Company

Special Awards

HM Graphics, Inc., Milwaukee - Never Settle for Second Best

Masters Gallery Foods, Inc., Plymouth - Culture of Fun - Passion for Cheese

Mid-State Equipment, Columbus - Plowing the Way to Success

Peterson Wood Treating, Inc., Superior - Preserving the Generations

Professional Construction, Inc., Waukesha - Follow the Dream

S&L Companies, Portage - Old Fashioned Culture of Service

We are Humbled, Again!

The partners and staff at Smith & Gesteland are honored, and humbled, to be named the Number One CPA firm in the Madison Market. We were chosen by the Executive Register Readers of In Business Magazine. We have received this honor nine years in a row!

Stuff We Do!

What our 80/20 Clients are Saying:

"80/20 has revolutionized the way we do business. It is nothing that you can learn from a book or figure out on your own. With the Profit Enhancement Services Group to guide us, we found the path to sustained profit the right way - by permanently cutting unnecessary costs out of our company and focusing on what matters the most."

For more information on 80/20, go to our webpage. 

Check out these videos to get a feeling for what 80/20 is, and how it has helped our clients Simplify, Focus, Grow! 

To view Part 1 - "Introduction to 80/20", CLICK HERE

To view Part 2 - "Joe's Closet", CLICK HERE

Upcoming Events


The Manufacturing Services Group is hosting a series of free webinars on topics our clients tell us they need to learn about.

Mark your calendar and check back for details. To ensure you receive an invitation for these events, join, or update your listing in our database right here: --> CLICK HERE

  • June 17 - Sales & Use Tax for Manufacturers -  To see a rebroadcast of the Webinar, click HERE


July 22 - Preparing to Sell your Business

We will cover:

  • What drives buyers to pay more or less for your business?
  • Why is there often a disconnect between buyer and seller price expectations?
  • How to dress the business up for an eventual sale?
  • How can a seller maximize the sale price?

Presented by:
Bill Pellino, Partner and Business Valuation expert  at Smith & Gesteland.
Join us for this informative hour. 
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
2:00 - 3:00 CDT
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  • August 12 - Direct Costing Techniques 

Slideshow - Sales Tax for Manufacturers

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