National, State, & Local Award Winners

Commitment to Employees, Customers, and Community

SBA Award

Every year the SBA (Small Business Administration) selects one company in each of the 50 states for that state’s business of the year. This award exemplifies that companies professionalism, integrity, and level of commitment to their staff, their customers and their community.

Mickman Brothers were awarded the SBA of Minnesota in 2003. John and Chris Mickman want to express our heartfelt thanks to all of our employees, customers, vendors and bankers without whose support we would not achieved this honor.

Thank you for choosing our company!

Minnesota DNR

In October of 2001, John S. Mickman was presented with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry Award of Excellence for: helping to found the Balsam Bough Partnership, preparing informational materials on proper harvesting, conducting Educational Workshops for Bough Harvesters, implementing innovative ways to purchase & harvest boughs, actively supporting the DNR legislative efforts to promote sustainability of the balsam resource in Minnesota.

Forest Service Award

As one of the founding ‘partners’ of the Balsam Bough Partnership, Mickman Brothers as well as others, were honored by the US Department of Agriculture for developing sustainable methods of harvesting Balsam Boughs in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. The Partnership was also instrumental in working with the Minnesota Legislature to License ‘Bough Buyers’ as a way to enforce the new harvesting guidelines established by the Partnership.

US Department of Agriculture

As one of the founding ‘partners’ of the Balsam Bough Partnership, Mickman Brothers, along with others, were in April of 2009 awarded the USDA Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of Chris and John Mickmans’ contribution to the reforestation effort on the Mount Hough Ranger District of the Plumas National Forest.

Additional Recognition for Mickman Brothers

Minneapolis Star Tribune

In August of 2008, Mickman Brothers was recognized for helping to reforest 27 acres of public land in central Minnesota.


Anoka County Community Conservationist

Mickman Brothers, Inc. was selected as the 2004 Anoka County Community Conservationist. This is the first time this honor has been awarded in Anoka County.