Melissa and Joe Schmidt of TNT Adventure Obstacle Course (middle) stand with award sponsors Alliance Manufacturing, Inc. represented by Ken Manninen (far left) and Jeff Brouchoud (far right).

The Imagination Network Award for Entrepreneurship is a new award from a peer group of the IGNITE! Business Success entrepreneurial ecosystem that recognized the extraordinary efforts of one area entrepreneur or small business owner. On November 7, 2017, TNT Adventure Obstacle Course received the award in recognition of the small business’s success in six seasons, community leadership, and more.

“It was a great honor to be recognized as winner of the Imagination Network Award for Entrepreneurship, especially given all the other great small businesses represented,” stated Melissa Schmidt, owner of TNT Adventure Obstacle Course. “We didn’t expect it at all! We love and take pride in our unique, small business and also love what it can do for the community. Since we opened in 2012, we have donated nearly $10,000 to various organizations by way of fun workouts we host on the course, from the Breast Screening Center at St. Agnes, to Honor Flights of Milwaukee, Autism Speaks, and more. We customize every visit, depending on the size and desired goals of the group. Every workout is a different challenge, also. Best of all, the obstacle course is tons of fun for pretty much everyone that gives it a try.”

Additional nominees for the award included: Annie’s Fountain City Café, BK Laser, Blacksmoke Automotive, ibeauty eyebrows and nails, SLS Photography, and Street Pedalers. The award was sponsored by Alliance Manufacturing, Inc. and given in conjunction with Imagination Network’s year-end entrepreneurial showcase, which had record attendance with attendees pitching their business ideas and services. The event was also held as part of Wisconsin Startup Week, a statewide initiative aiming to highlight the importance of startups to the growth of Wisconsin’s economy.

Imagination Network is the inventors and entrepreneurs group of IGNITE! Business Success, the umbrella, go-to resource network supporting area entrepreneurs. Imagination Network socials and events are free and open to everyone. Events range from casual socials to business showcases and everything in between and are held the second Tuesday of the month. For more information about Imagination Network, check out the website at