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‘Family Business of the Year Award’ seeks nominees across the state

 ‘Family Business of the Year Award’ seeks nominees across the state

Award celebrates impact of family biz on Wis. communities    

A state group that celebrates family-owned businesses is seeking nominations for the 2013 “Business of the Year” award, which is also the group’s 10th year sponsoring the program.

One family business will be selected for grand awards in categories including small (less than 50 employees), medium (50-99), and large (100 or more) companies. The organization said special awards will also be given to companies excelling in a particular area.

Created by Smith & Gesteland, a Middleton accounting and business consulting firm, the annual awards highlight the importance of family-owned businesses.

The deadline for nominations is April 13.

Council OK’s Union Cab taxi contract

Acting on a recommendation from city staff and the Transit Commission, members of the Sun Prairie City Council on Dec. 18 approved a new two-year contract with Union Cab of Madison to provide the city’s rideshare taxi cab and corner mini-bus service.

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Flower biz freshens up downtown Sun Prairie

Flower biz freshens up downtown Sun Prairie

Prairie Flowers moved to a new location in March

"If you don’t use it, you lose it."

It’s a truism for small businesses on Main Streets around the country according to Dina Pocernich, owner of Prairie Flowers and Gifts in downtown Sun Prairie. She believes that communities' economic vitality is affected by where people choose to spend their money.

"We’re losing small businesses simply because they’re not being used. It takes making a choice, a choice to say, 'I’m going downtown to shop. If I want our economy to be vibrant, I need to be aware of that.'"

Fortunately for her, it seems that many people in her community understand that concept: a recent move to downtown Sun Prairie has strengthened business, Pocernich said.

“I’m proud we’re here and thriving,” she said. “People tell us we freshen up the downtown -- they’re thrilled and we’re thrilled.”

Sun Prairie parade-goers get free wagon rides, visit with Santa

Sun Prairie parade-goers get free wagon rides, visit with Santa

City business district hosts parade and tree lighting Friday

A holiday tree lighting and parade will start the holiday season in Sun Prairie Friday.

The annual Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting and Fire Truck Parade -- supported by the Sun Prairie Business Improvement District -- will begin in front of the Sun Prairie Historical Museum at 115 E. Main St. at 5 p.m.

Prior to the parade, the Sun Prairie Historical Museum will be hosting a Christmas walk and free horse-drawn wagon rides from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Riders will board in front of the museum.

Museum volunteers will serve cookies and hot apple cider leading up to the tree lighting ceremony, which will include an appearance from Santa Claus.

Activities include holiday music from the Sun Prairie City Band, carols from the Sun Prairie City Choir, a Fusion Dance Company performance, the Fire Truck Parade and the Tree Lighting Ceremony with Santa.

Massive used-book sale to fund library, lecture series

Massive used-book sale to fund library, lecture series

More than 15,000 books up for grabs

A library organization is hosting its annual fall book sale. Book-buyers have more than 15,000 titles to choose from at the Memorial Library in Room 116 through Saturday. Sale organizers said the used book sale is one of the largest in Wisconsin

The Friends of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries sale takes place over four days with its proceeds benefitting a variety of events, special collections and a lecture series.

The annual book-buy event began Wednesday but continues Friday from 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m and Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. From 10:30 a.m.-1  p.m. Saturday, shoppers who bring a grocery-sized bag can fill it for $4. From 1:05 p.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, all remaining books are free, the library said.

Book prices are also reduced each day of the sale, but organizers said the books sell quickly.

Sun Prairie merchants celebrate fall with goodies & games

Sun Prairie merchants celebrate fall with goodies & games

Sun Prairie will hold its annual fall celebration festival in the downtown area from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Fall Fest encompasses a variety of events hosted at more than 16 area businesses and organizations with free carriage rides headquartered in Cannery Square Plaza. Fest-goers are invited to enjoy a range of family-friendly activities like cupcake decorating, face painting, pumpkin-seed spitting and more.  

Events are offered throughout downtown Sun Prairie including:

Construction to begin at new Sun Prairie Costco store

Construction to begin at new Sun Prairie Costco store

Construction is poised to begin on Costco has officially acquired land from Prairie Development and will be moving forward on construction of a new Sun Prairie store.