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Octopi Brewing Co. was one of two Madison-area businesses honored with a 2017 Marketplace Governor's Award.

Two Madison-area businesses are among nine Wisconsin companies honored with 2017 Marketplace Governor’s Awards.

Middleton Construction Consulting, Madison, is one of those named as Outstanding Businesses, while Octopi Brewing, Waunakee, received a Rising Star award.

The competition recognizes outstanding businesses owned by minorities, women and veterans disabled during their military service.

Middleton Construction was honored for its “commitment to hiring and training disabled veterans, and for encouraging professional development for its employees,” said Mark Maley, spokesman for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., which presented the awards, along with Gov. Scott Walker, at the Marketplace 2017 conference last week.

Octopi won for its rapid growth. Since the company was founded in 2014, it has expanded from five full-time employees to 20. Octopi, a contract brewery, also provides other services to its clients, such as marketing, packaging and distribution.

The other Outstanding Business awards went to: Able Access Transportation, Milwaukee; Metal-Era, Waukesha; EO Johnson Business Technologies, Wausau; Physical Therapy of Milwaukee, Milwaukee; Milestone Plumbing, Wauwatosa; and American Pride Industrial Equipment & Services, Green Bay.

Terra Translations, Wauwatosa, won the other Rising Star award.

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Judy Newman is a business reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.