Business and Industrial Appreciation Day (BIAD) was created as an opportunity for the Greater Alexandria Community and local business leaders to recognize and honor a company and say “thank you for being a vital part of our community.”

For the past 35 years, each honoree has been spotlighted at a luncheon and through a special publication created in their honor. This year, due to COVID-19, the event will not be held and the spotlight will not shine on one particular business.

Instead, throughout the month of October, newspaper articles, advertisements and social media posts will spotlight the importance of all business and industry to the local community.

About BIAD

The annual BIAD honoree is selected based on the jobs it creates for the community or region, and the overall impact it has on the Alexandria Lakes Area.

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The program is a partnership of the Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission (AAEDC) and the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce (ALACC).

The Selection Committee includes members of the AAEDC and ALACC boards. Businesses are selected on a rotating basis between manufacturing, service and retail sectors based on the following criteria:

  • Growth in number of employees (impact on the job market)

  • Increase in sales and/or unit volume (indication of continued growth)

  • Capital investment; (indication of commitment to increase community capacity)

  • Community contribution (evidence of investment of time, skills and resources to assist in community-oriented projects).

The program was started in 1984 by the Douglas County Developers to recognize local manufacturers and distributors with the AAEDC and ALACC serving as supporting partners. Those two entities took over the program in 1999 after the Douglas County Developers dissolved.

In 2003 the organizations changed the criteria to include service and retail sector recognition.

Following is a list of previous BIAD honorees:

2019 Geneva Capital

2018 Hilltop Lumber and Rental Center

2017 Anderson Funeral Home and Cremation Service

2016 Carlos Creek Winery

2015 Trumm Drug

2014 Ecumen Bethany

2013 Past 30 years of BIAD

2012 Douglas Scientific

2011 Elden’s Food Fair

2010 Gardonville Coop Telephone Association

2009 Aagard Group

2008 Cullen’s Home Center

2007 Knute Nelson

2006 Sun Opta

2005 Cowing Robards

2004 Pete’s County Market/Cub Foods

2003 Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center

2002 Independent School District 206

2001 REA-ALP Internet Services

2000 Tastefully Simple

1999 Widseth Smith Nolting

1998 Henry’s Foods

1997 Rural Cellular Corporation

1996 Palmer Industries and Pro-Tainer

1995 Brenton Engineering

1994 Northern Milk Products

1993 Donnelly Custom Molding Co.

1992 ITW Heartland Components

1991 Juno Tool and Plastic

1990 Continental Manufacturing

1989 Alexandria Extrusion Company

1988 Douglas County Hospital

1987 APV Douglas Machine

1986 Alexandria Technical College

1985 Fingerhut

1984 3M Abrasives Plant