A Madison video production firm has been named the business of the year by the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce.

The announcement was part of the non-profit's annual Business Awards, a program that recognizes the contributions made by Chamber members to building a more diverse and inclusive community in Wisconsin, according to Jason Rae, the Chamber's founder and executive director. 

Hinckley Productions was founded in 2005 by Natalie Hinckley and is an independently owned full-service studio specializing in creating video for online distribution. Hinckley was selected by the Chamber for its efforts to build a more diverse business community in Wisconsin, is a certified LGBT Business Enterprise and has been active in LGBT Chamber events, including presenting to other businesses about the importance of certification.

Other winners announced by the Chamber were:

Corporate Partner of the Year: BMO Harris Bank of Milwaukee

Allied Business of the Year: I Do Island Weddings in Janesville

Nonprofit Organization of the Year: Bay View United Methodist Church in Milwaukee

Business Leader of the Year: Michail Takach of ManpowerGroup in Milwaukee

The recipients were selected by a committee of Chamber members based on nominations solicited from other members and the public. Winners needed to demonstrate a strong commitment to diversity in the workplace, have a proven record of community involvement and worked to positively grow the LGBT and allied business community in Wisconsin.

The awards will be presented at the Chamber’s Third Annual Business Awards & Expo on May 18 at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Milwaukee.  The Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce is an organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and LGBT-allied businesses, corporations and professionals throughout the state of Wisconsin. The Milwaukee-based organization, founded in 2012, offers networking opportunities, business development efforts within the LGBT community, and educational programming to its members.

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Barry Adams covers regional and business news for the Wisconsin State Journal.