• Champions of Business and Junior Achievement in Wausau, WI


The Northcentral Wisconsin
Business Community



Key past leaders
who have helped us grow.

"As a community we celebrate excellence, perseverance, innovation, integrity, commitment, vision and good old- fashioned  hard work. We are blessed that people of this caliber have chosen north central Wisconsin as their home, serving as an inspiration and as role models in business and industry, and in philanthropy. Champions of Business provides the leadership and platform to elevate and shine a spotlight upon greatness for all to see and aspire to."
~ Jean Tehan


May 9, 2024

Congratulations 2024 Champions!

Founder Award

John L. Sturtevant

Developer Award

John Sonnentag

Northcentral Wisconsin is a great place to do business.

Join us in celebrating the many successful business leaders who helped make Northcentral Wisconsin and the Wausau area economy grow. Learn about how these leaders conducted business and impacted our community. It's inspiring and enlightening!

Presented by: Junior Achievement of Wisconsin - Northcentral District


May 9, 2024
Jefferson Street Inn
Cocktail Hour: 5:00 p.m.
Elegant Dinner: 6:30 p.m.
Program: 7:30 p.m.

2024 Keynote Speaker:

Susan Finco

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Junior Achievement names Champions of Business 2024

Outstanding area business leaders who helped shape our area’s economy in past years will be honored this spring at the 15th Annual Champions of Business dinner established by Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, Inc. – Northcentral District.

John Sturtevant, John Noel, and John and Carolyn Sonnentag have been selected as the 2024 honorees. A dinner on May 9 at the Jefferson Street Inn & Event Center will celebrate their historic contributions to the Wausau area business community.

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