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Future 50 Program from Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of CommerceThe MMAC/COSBE began the Future 50 program to recognize the outstanding achievements of local, fast-growing entrepreneurs.

The Future 50 Program recognizes privately-owned companies in the seven-county region that have been in business for at least three years and have shown significant revenue and employment growth.

The winning companies are honored at the annual Future 50 Luncheon, are highlighted in the MMAC's Membership Directory and are often featured in news articles published by the local media.

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Here's what you'll receive if your company's performance puts you on the Future 50 list:

  • Free newspaper and online publicity and a profile in BizTimes Milwaukee's special Future 50 section
  • Use of the Future 50 logo for your marketing efforts
  • The spotlight at the September Awards Luncheon
  • The chance to be one of the Fastest Five (announced at the luncheon)
  • A wall plaque to share success with employees and customers every day
  • One award on the way to earning the Master Mettle award—given to three-time winners

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Future 50 Award Archive

2012 Future 50 Award Winners (PDF)

National and local statistics have confirmed that manufacturing growth is leading, and will continue to lead, the economic recovery. The 2012 Future 50 winners underscore that point, with 17 manufacturers on the list. In aggregate, the 2012 winners had revenues of $889,834,220 – a 32% increase over the previous year – and combined employment of 3,324 at the end of 2011. The companies are projecting to add just over 500 jobs by the end of 2012.

2011 Future 50 Award Winners (PDF)
As local companies seek ways to increase market share, revenues and profits, more and more companies are finding customers outside the Milwaukee 7 region and re-investing those revenues at home.  Twenty of the firms on the 2011 Future 50 list reported that they export more than half their products or services outside the seven-county region.  Combined, the 2011 Future 50 winners reported combined revenue of $734 million -- a 28% increase over combined revenues for 2009.  The companies had a total combined employment of 2,796, which represents a 25% increase over combined employment in 2009. 

2010 Future 50 Award Winners (PDF)
Combined, this year’s Future 50 had a total employment of 3,537 and $623.7 million in revenue by year-end 2009—a 12% increase over their combined revenue for 2008. Twenty-three of the winners are being recognized for the first time (companies can win the award up to three times); 16 for the second time, and 11 are three-time winners.

2009 Future 50 Award Winners (PDF)
Combined, this year's Future 50 had a total employment of 4,037 jobs and $621 million in revenue by year-end 2008—a 39% increase over their combined revenue for 2007. Half the winners are being recognized for the first time (companies can win the award up to three times). Of this year's winners, 24 were started in the past 10 years; 14 were established between 1987 and 1998; and 12 were founded prior to 1987.

2008 Future 50 Award Winners (PDF)
Combined, this year's Future 50 had a total employment of 2,716 jobs and $612 million in revenue by year-end 2007—a 26% increase over their combined revenue for 2006. More than half the winners are being recognized for the first time (companies can win the award up to three times). Of this year's winners, 19 were started in the past 6 years; 15 were established between 1987 and 1998; and 16 were founded prior to 1987.

2007 Future 50 Award Winners (PDF)
Combined, the 2007 Future 50 had a total employment of 2,581 jobs and $671 million in revenue. Of this year's winners, 30 were founded in the past 10 years; 17 were founded between 1986 and 1996; and 18 were founded prior to 1986. The firms on the list are a diverse representation of industries throughout the seven-county region. Twenty of this year's winners—or 40%—are service-based firms; 12 are technology; 8 are manufacturers; 6 are in construction; 3 are in finance/real estate/insurance; and 1 is in wholesale trade.

2006 Future 50 Award Winners (PDF)
The 2006 Future 50 companies represented a combined employment of approximately 3,196 people and have combined revenue of $544 million. The winners represent a diverse mix of service, technology, real estate, construction and manufacturing firms from Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington, Ozaukee, Kenosha, Racine and Walworth counties.

2005 Future 50 Award Winners (PDF)
The 2005 Future 50 companies represent a combined employment of approximately 1,785 people and have combined revenue of $327 million. The winners represent a diverse mix of service, technology, real estate, construction and manufacturing firms in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington and Ozaukee counties.  Twelve of the winners are celebrating their master mettle, or third-time winning designation.

2004 Future 50 Award Winners (PDF)
The 2004 Future 50 companies represent a combined employment of approximately 2,300 people and have combined revenue of $286 million. The winners represent a diverse mix of service, technology, real estate, construction and manufacturing firms from Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington and Ozaukee counties.  Sixteen of the winners are celebrating their master mettle, or third-time winning designation.