Fourth Annual Waupunies
Celebrating Excellence in our Community
The Waupun Area Chamber of Commerce holds its annual meeting every year. Since 2018, the meeting has also served as an opportunity to recognize outstanding contributions and talent in Waupun. The Chamber is proud to recognize businesses, organizations, and individuals who work every day to make Waupun a better place.
2020 Waupunies Award Winners
New Business of the Year: Wind & Unwined
In it’s very short time being open, they have brought a unique, relaxing atmosphere to our Downtown. From the warm and inviting barista’s, to the rustic charm of decor they have been able to create and amazing atmosphere that creates a relaxing time for the whole family!
Small business of the Year: the clothing pallet
This business has you always looking good, from your house to your wardrobe they always try and have something for anyone. Last year, they expanded into their back room, redone the inside and participated in many downtown events.
Big Business of the Year: Heritage Ridge Travel Plaza - Wild Goose Cafe
In the last couple years, this year’s Big Business of the Year completed an extensive expansion project, built and constructed a new facility, and continued its commitment to providing great service. They have proved they are dedicated to Waupun with countless donations to a lot of groups and also serving amazing food.
Customer Service Award: K's Boutique
This business makes an effort to know and remember everyone’s names, has an inviting storefront, and even a place to sit and chat while shopping. She Asks the correct questions to make sure her customers are finding the best fit for their body type. And always makes sure everyone's leaves with a beautiful outfit and a smile!
Manufacturer of the Year: National Rivet and Manufacturing Co.
This fourth generation, family-owned company celebrated over 90 years in Waupun has one of the most extensive cold heading manufacturing capabilities in America. Their associates have an average of more than 25 year of experience, and their turnover remains one of the lowest in the industry.
Heritage Business of the Year: Jud's Bowling Alley
Tonight's Recipient is a long time second generation business. Built Waupun’s downtown up and created an atmosphere like no other. You can always have a good time at this place, because the people there are always willing to help out and show you around. This Business has been through so much in the last two generations, Burning to the ground in the 70’s, and the patrons built that place up back up to what it is today. This company is alway there when you need a sponsor or need a place to host an event.
Mayor's Choice: Bentz Automotive
Young Professional of the Year: Casey Despres
This year’s YP of the year is no stranger to helping the community -- both within her professional role and outside of it. Within days of accepting her job, she rolled up her sleeves to help execute the Chamber’s annual golf outing and collaborated with the City of Waupun’s Economic Development Team to launch and promote the Brave the Barrels Madison Street Loyalty Program.
After serving as part-time Farmers Market Manager in the new Downtown Market location, she had an idea for a winter farmers market, sought out and secured a location, contacted vendors and made it happen.
And, finally, if you don’t know who it is by now, our 2020 YP of the Year owns and operates a pickling business that whips up a mean batch of pickles, sprouts, mushrooms and more.
Citizen of the Year: Mayor Julie Nickel
She is at every event, at every meeting spending time with family and friends. Is always around to help. Get something done or just volunteer, this winner has been a crucial part to us as a chamber, to myself and to the city of waupun in thriving to what it is today…
Humanitarian of the Year: Waupun Food Pantry - Terri Respalje
This organization brings WAY more than a sense of well being. She and her volunteers bring a sense of home, security, and all sense of belonging. Whether it is saying a quick prayer with a family struggling or heading out to pick up an unplanned shipment for the organization. In her 20 years of service, She has always shown the true meaning of selflessness, grace, and forgiveness.