For over 30 years the Chamber has been supporting and recognizing individuals and businesses that make a positive impact on our community through their products, services, and outstanding attributes. Our annual Small Business Awards honors the best of the best small business entrepreneurs, young professionals, non-profits, and executive leadership.
Since its inception, the Madison Chamber of Commerce has saluted excellence in business. They have especially recognized gutsy local entrepreneurs who started from scratch to create the successful businesses that shape our economy. The Madison business community represents innovative individuals, cutting-edge ventures, and unparalleled community outreach.
The Spirit of Hope Award was created in 1998 and named for Bob Hope, the first honorary veteran of the U.S. Army for his 50-plus years of entertaining troops, both in peacetime and in combat zones.
Each year, the five services and the Department of Defense can nominate individuals or organizations for the award that consists of a bronze or silver medallion with a bas relief of Hope created by sculptor Don F. Wiegand, whose foundation administers the awards. Recipients also receive lapel pins with Hope's likeness.