PODCAST: 2023 Business of the Year Honorees

The Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) presented four business awards, including one for lifetime achievement, during its annual investors meeting May 18 at the Stone Harbor Resort & Conference Center in Sturgeon Bay.

“The 2023 DCEDC board of directors and I are proud to highlight the work of our organization and the special contributions to our community by the 2023 nominees and winners of the four awards,” said Michelle Lawrie, DCEDC’s executive director. 

Winners included Peach Barn Farmhouse and Brewery as the best new business, Christiana Trapani of Door County Candle Co. for woman-owned business of the year; Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding for established business of the year; and a lifetime achievement award for Brad Andrae of Therma-Tron-X.

“The winners embody the enthusiasm, resilience and innovation that make Door County special,” she said, “whether they have been in the area for 50 years, or for one year. The accomplishments of the award winners are the perfect testimonials to show how individuals, families and businesses can thrive in Door County and also contribute to the community.”

This week on the Door County Pulse Podcast, we talk to each of these entrepreneurs about running a business in Door County, what inspired them to be here, and how what the future looks like for them.

Brad Andrae on Building Family at TTX

Brewing Up Community at Peach Barn with Jason and Sarah White

The Leading Light of Christiana Trapani of Door County Candle Co.

The Business of Shipbuilding with Fincantieri