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Outstanding Local Business Award Recipients for April 2022

April’s list contains eight outstanding local businesses who are being recognized for their contribution to their customers, clients, and the local community.

By: Sylvia Slezak | Apr 2022

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Products and services provided by these businesses include batteries, countertops, designer flooring, Terrazzo, tiles, new home construction, remodeling, renovations, home repairs, demolition, excavation, bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, garage builds and repairs, interior/exterior painting, professional graphics for businesses and organizations, Alaskan fishing, financial and investment advice and coaching, cabinets, pools, masonry, original and award-winning pool designs and construction, spas, water features, creative decking and alternative pool surfacing.

Battery Bill's - Honolulu, HI

Serving Hawaii since 1982, Battery Bill's has the most complete inventory of batteries in Hawaii. From large industrial to the tiniest watch battery and everything in between, they will provide what you need to power your day. Bill’s mission is to “help anyone with a battery problem quickly, honestly, and effectively, all while wearing a smile! "

What sets Battery Bill's apart is that they are unlike any other battery retail shop. From custom orders and custom battery packs with top notch customer service, to monitoring and testing every battery, Bill’s guarantees that you will receive a fully charged battery.

Did you know that Hawaii's humid climate can shorten the life of batteries? Battery Bill's searched the world and found the perfect batteries! Battery Bill's has the solution for work, home, power tools, cell phones, and more. Their batteries range from economical to premium. Products and services include custom battery packs, custom orders, portable power stations, vehicle chargers, universal chargers, power chairs, UPS backups, batteries for car, truck, motorcycle, golf cart, jet ski, marine, RV, solar, cell phone, laptop, security camera, wrist watch, key fob, camera, GoPro, and more.

G.M.S. Wërks - Ohama, NE

Founded in 1924 by Isidoro Bortolotti, G.M.S. Wërks has been meeting the needs of both residential and commercial customers for more than ninety years. In the 70s, Isidoro's two sons began the purchasing of the company from their father, who still worked out in the field with his employees. He continued to work until the late 80s, since that was all he knew was hard work. He passed away in 1990, leaving behind a legacy. In 2011, Terry Bortolotti, purchased 100% of the Company. He decided to concentrate on the natural stone products of the business. To achieve this end, the Company made an investment in the latest state-of-the-art machinery to produce a quality product, efficiently and economically. Today, Terry, is involved in the Company, giving personal service to our clients and their employees, and giving a personal touch of quality to the finished products.

Services include kitchen counters, snack bars, islands, vanities, tub surrounds, tables, buffets, desks and credenzas, seats for shower stalls, walls, partitions, steps, pedestals and bases for art work and sculptures, altars, signs and plaques (small, large, exterior/interior applications), fireplace surrounds and hearths. Product include natural stone, custom and pre-made medallions and designs, fireplace mantels, columns, floor and wall tiles (marble, granite, travertine, limestone, slate, porcelain), sinks (stainless, cast iron, ceramic), fountains, natural stone cabinet knobs, and floating granite balls.

High Quality Contracting, Inc. - Franklin, WI

Committed to the superior craftsmanship of new home construction and home remodeling, High Quality Contracting proudly serves the Southeastern Wisconsin homeowners. When the company takes on a new remodeling project, they consider all things in their designs, including looking at the structure for all possible solutions. In addition to working with the homeowners for the best design options, they also research innovative products on the market. From the kitchen to the basement, their craftsmen build unique spaces that exceed homeowner expectations.

High Quality Contracting, Inc. began when a young Nick Wegner followed his contracting dreams. While sitting on his parents’ steps, with only a notebook, his vision took shape. Subsequently, that vision became a reality with a lot of hard work. Over the years, the company has become a leader in the home construction industry, and today, it boasts decades of quality service to the homeowners of Southeastern Wisconsin. The company continues to be family-owned and operated with a dedicated team of craftsmen who maintain a reputation of quality, honesty, and customer service.

image 360, Raleigh-RTP - Raleigh, NC

Locally-owned and operated, image360, Raleigh-RTP specializes in complete project management. They provide professional graphics for businesses and organizations. From simple to complex projects, their professional specialists work closely with their clients to maximize the creativity and visual impact of branded signage, directory and wayfinding signage, custom displays and custom banners. By combining the expertise and value of a local graphics expert with the leverage of a network with hundreds of partners, image360, Raleigh-RTP assures a best-in-class solution every time. With a diverse product and service base, their diverse clientele list includes regional and national organizations such as Lenovo, RTI International, Rex UNC Healthcare, City of Raleigh, and ABC11-WTVD News.

When image360, Raleigh-RTP first opened in 2000, they were doing business as Signs By Tomorrow in a small retail strip mall on Glenwood Avenue. For the first several years, their focus was on quick turnaround of signs and banners to the construction and real estate industries. This approach served them well until the recession of 2008 stagnated their growth and forced them to re-think their business model. Since that period, they have been committed to offering a wider range of products and services with a more business-to-business focus. In 2012, the company relocated to their current address at 6320 Angus Drive.

Northwoods Lodge - Skwentna, AK

Accessible only by air or water, Northwoods Lodge provides a specialized service for a maximum of twelve guests. Eric and Shan built the lodge with comfort in mind where their guests are able to enjoy gourmet meals and fully-appointed cabins with the amenities of a first class hotel. Northwoods Lodge is the place to enjoy a beautiful view of Fish Lakes Creek from individual guest cabins. Three deluxe cabins with full bath or three standard cabins with a bathhouse close by are available. Their screened-in porch and large spacious deck overlooking Fish Lakes Creek are an excellent place for relaxing or for that corporate meeting.

After a full day of fishing, everyone likes to relax in their own special way. At Northwoods Lodge, they make sure that there are plenty of options to choose from by offering Satellite TV, Internet service, free Wi-Fi, sauna, hot tub, game room with billiard and ping pong table, library, bar and entertainment area, large deck and screened in porch at the lodge, private decks/porches at the cabins with lake views, campfire, horseshoe pit, small basketball court, canoeing and kayaking, and seasonal berry picking.

At Northwoods Lodge, they work to keep Alaska green with thirty-six 200-watt solar panels that store energy into their battery system and 2 Trace inverters to convert the energy from the batteries into usable AC power. The lodge also has a composting system for all natural food products that is eventually returned to the garden soil.

Paul Winkler, Inc. - Goodlettsville, TN

Paul Winkler has a team of financial advisors to help their clients relax about money by helping them understand how investment markets work, showing them how to decipher between useful investing information and marketing, and helping them develop a roadmap to and through retirement. All Advisors are either CFP® or ChFC® certified.

Like countless others in the financial services industry, Paul Winkler entered the world of finance through insurance and mutual fund sales. In his first interview they explained to him the huge income Paul could make selling insurance and investment products. The thought of making five times his current salary at his computer repair job was all he needed to hear. The first year on the job was filled with training on how to be a salesman. The classes focused on how the company’s products worked and how to prospect for new business. Occasionally, someone taught Paul a useful financial planning technique, but most of the advice he received revolved around prospecting and sales strategies. The name of the game was “smile and dial.”

Paul questioned these tactics with an advisor at breakfast, and it was there that he received one of the best pieces of advice. It was recommended that he pursue investment studies outside the financial product sales side of the industry. From there, Paul followed various investing academics and studied investment research that came out of such circles. It was completely different from what he was taught by the broker dealers. He discovered a way of investing that wasn’t fueled by making a commission.

Not long after that, Paul was compelled to start his own business. With his new understanding of investing, he could no longer work for the broker dealer selling products in good conscience. Paul wanted to offer clients an investing experience unlike what they would find elsewhere, where they wouldn’t feel sold to, but instead would be coached to understand investing.

Premium Wholesale Cabinets of Arizona - Phoenix, AZ

Established in 2011, locally-owned and operated Premium Wholesale Cabinets of Arizona is based out of Phoenix and provides services to the Greater Phoenix area that includes Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Peoria, Cave Creek, Queen Creek, and more. The company provides cabinetry and design services for kitchens, bathrooms, and in-home office designs. Knowing that premium cabinets make a world of difference to the appearance of a home or business, Premium Wholesale Cabinets of Arizona is committed to the absolute highest standards of professionalism. This means that they maintain the accreditation, insurance, and licensing necessary to provide protection and peace of mind that each client deserves.

Products and services include kitchen and bathroom design, kitchen and bathroom cabinets, countertop samples, in-home design, appliances, sliding barn doors, laundry, mudroom, wet bars, butler pantry, installation, accessories (lighting, faucets, organizers), commercial offices, entertainment and other spaces, feature walls, mantels, the galley, etc.

Sunset Coastal View Pools, Spas, and Masonry, Inc. - Kailua Kona, HI

For over forty-seven years, Sunset Coastal View Pools, Spas & Masonry Inc. (SCV Pools) has been given international recognition for developing the most exquisite, luxurious and original pool designs and construction. The company has been accredited with changing the technology of the pool industry by designing and building award-winning pools, spas, water features, creative decking and alternative pool surfacing.

Their dramatic growth on the Big Island of Hawaii from Kailua Kona to Keauhou, Kukio and Hualalai, Waikoloa, Mauna Lani and Hilo and Keaau is attributed to the much needed knowledge and expertise that they have given their clients. Each client is special to them and is given the complete attention and consideration to fulfill their wish list and materialize their vision and dream. SCV Pools takes special care, not only to work with what is desired, but to work within financial resources. showcases thousands of incredible businesses in more than 300 industry categories that are located in over 100 major U.S. cities. The Outstanding Local Business Award (OLBA) is given to locally-owned and operated businesses in recognition of their services to the local community and have met all of the Criteria listed on

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