SCORE Southeast Wisconsin
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Milwaukee business nominated for “Emerging Small Business Person of the Year”


By - Feb 6th, 2020 11:39 am

MILWAUKEE – Thaime and Enrique Nanez, owners of The Farmhouse Paint Bar and Café in Milwaukee, are among the small business startups statewide being considered for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Wisconsin 2020 “Emerging Small Business Person of the Year.”

The winner will be announced in March and will be honored at the SCORE / SBA Wisconsin Small Business Awards Breakfast, Friday, May 8, 2020, from 7:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. at the Milwaukee Marriott West, Waukesha, Wisconsin.

The Farmhouse Paint Bar and Café opened in December 2016 on property that had once been abandoned and foreclosed. When Thaime and Enrique Nanez bought the 1890s farmhouse in 2015, they envisioned remodeling it as a gathering spot in the Garden District to celebrate arts and culture in the community. The location includes the Farmhouse Studio, which serves local artists and offers themed classes to the public. Thaime and Enrique were nominated by Lily Alvarado of the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation, (WWBIC).

SCORE Southeast Wisconsin, a nonprofit organization offering workshops and mentoring to startups and existing small businesses, and the Wisconsin District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), are co-hosting this annual award ceremony in conjunction with National Small Business Week, May 3-9.

This celebration of entrepreneurship in Wisconsin will include Keynote Speaker Greg Aretakis, president of Wisconsin-based Midwest Express Airlines, who will share the story of the company’s legendary return to Milwaukee International Airport. The event will also feature a panel discussion with selected award winners. Elmer Moore of Scale Up Milwaukee will serve as emcee.

The business community is encouraged to attend in support of these award-winning businesses. For more information and to register, click here.

About SCORE Southeast Wisconsin

SCORE Southeast Wisconsin was founded in 1965 and has more than 70 members who counsel their clients toward achieving success whether they are operating within a startup or an existing business. SCORE mentors are volunteer executives and entrepreneurs who provide free, confidential counseling and client education through low-cost business training sessions, webinars, business templates and online resources. To learn more about SCORE, visit

About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, with locations in Milwaukee and Madison to serve the 452,000 small businesses in Wisconsin. To learn more, visit

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