Fall is starting off with a bang with many opportunities for McHenry County business leaders.

MCEDC is accepting nominations for the 2015 Business Champion Awards through September 4th, 2015.   For the past eight years, MCEDC has recognized outstanding companies who have made a positive impact on McHenry County’s economy and who are exceptional primary employers. (A primary employer is defined as the one creating a product or service that is principally sold outside of a region, thereby generating new money and profits into the region. Examples include manufacturing, back-office operations or service centers, professional services, corporate headquarters, distribution facilities and research and development to name a few.)

Business Champions are typically companies with strong vision, a solid long range business strategy, as well as best practices that make them stand out among others.   They may be a corporate park neighbor, a supplier or customer that you find exceptional or you may be an employee who feels your employer provides a great work environment or goes the extra mile to help the employees.   We also welcome self-nominations from CEO's or executive team member who are proud of recent expansions, acquisition, special project or growth. An online nomination form is available on our website (Click here).

Our inaugural "Enhancing Excellence" Business Breakfast series will kick off on Tuesday, September 15th at the Crystal Lake Country Club from 7:30 to 9:30 am. Our speaker will be Patricia Miller of Matrix IV. Patricia graduated from the University of Iowa with both BBA and BA, Certificate in Entrepreneurial Management and a minor in Spanish. She received her graduate degree from the University College of London in Legal and Political Theory. Most recently, Patricia was a marketing executive with Halozyme Therapeutics (a biopharmaceutical company commercializing new products that target the extracellular matrix for diabetes, oncology, dermatology and autoimmune) responsible for marketing strategy, business development and P+L across the company's proprietary and partnered programs. Prior to Halozyme, she worked with Eli Lilly on strategic major market product launches both globally and in the United States in Neuroscience, Men's Health and Diabetes. She also served as a catalyst for organizational change at Lilly where she directed a cross functional team that developed grass roots efforts to pivotally and beneficially impact the culture and re-engage the company. Currently, Patricia is the CEO and President of Matrix IV, Inc., a design and manufacturing house.   Online Registration and payment options are available on our website. Click here.

Early Bird Sponsorship and registration opportunities for our October 27, 2015 Annual Dinner are also available on our website. Our keynote speaker is Brik Eyre, Baxter US Corporate Vice President and President Hospital Products.

Congratulations to the Cities of Harvard and Woodstock and McHenry County on being awarded the first Enterprise Zone in McHenry County. This successful effort was the result of an exceptional collaboration between the cities, the county and other regional partners, including McHenry County College, NIU, Harvard EDC and MCEDC and was strongly supported by State Senator Pamela Althoff and County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller.

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