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Northwest Herald Article October, 2015

It is that time of year again at the McHenry County Economic Development Corporation!!! The time when we celebrate and recognize the incredible companies that call McHenry County HOME! Over the last 7 years, the MCEDC has recognized over 25 primary employers at our Annual Dinner through our Business Champion Awards program. The 2015 Business Champion finalists are:

Small Category - 24 or under employees: CIDEAS, JA Nationwide, Used CNC, Inc

Medium Category – 25 to 100 employees: Black Diamond Plumbing and Mechanical, Inc., Charles Herdrich & Sons, Countryside Flower Shop, Nursery & Garden Center, CRV Electronics, Jessup Manufacturing Company, and Matrix IV.

Large Category – over 100 employees: Dean Foods, General Kinematics, Home State Bank, H.S. Crocker, and TEQ.

Larger Category – over 300 employees: Intren and Sage Products

So do not miss an opportunity to network and cheer on your favorite Business Champion Finalist at this year’s MCEDC Annual Dinner, to be held on Tuesday October 27th at the Holiday Inn in Crystal Lake beginning at 5:00 pm with networking. This year’s attendance is already over 300 people and climbing, to register, visit our website www.mcedc.com or call us at 815-893-0895 to reserve your seat or table. This year’s keynote speaker is Brik V. Erye who is the corporate vice president and president of Baxter’s Hospital Products business.

The MCEDC was honored to be an award winner at the Making Manufacturing Matter Award Dinner on Wednesday October 7th in Chicago. State Senator Pam Althoff and Mike Skala, McHenry County Board and Liaison to the MCEDC Board, were on hand to present the award to me on behalf of McHenry County Economic Development Corporation. The purpose of the event was to recognize the strength of the manufacturing ecosystem in the Chicagoland region. The MCEDC was recognized for our commitment to raising the awareness of the contributions of our over 500 manufacturers in McHenry County, the development of the Manufacturing Website and Manufacturing Matchmaking Events that linked companies together through one on one meetings to develop revenue, our commitment to our future workforce by taking the over 2,000 county high school students to the International Manufacturing Technology Show in 2012 and 2014 through the financial support of our manufacturing companies and for our continuous outreach and customized assistance to the manufacturing community. We are greatly honored by this award.

Another opportunity to network with fellow business leaders and enhance your business acumen occurs on Wednesday November 18th from 7:30 to 10:00 am at the MCEDC office, 620 Dakota Street Crystal Lake. As part of the MCEDC’s CEO Roundtable Workshops, this 90 minute session will unlock the SECRET of “Emotional Intelligence” and the impact EQ can have on optimizing interaction with employees, vendors, customers, strategic partners. Our presenter, Terry Radwan, founding partner at NovationHR, has 23 years of experience in Human Capital Management and consulting. Mr. Radwan will be facilitating the 90 minute session through presentations, quizzes and exercises that will develop a framework for understanding EQ and how it applies to a CEO’s business interactions and their management team. Visit www.mcedc.com or call 815-893-0895 to register for the event. Feel free to bring along the management team!

Also in November is the MCEDC Annual Meeting on the 5th beginning at 7:30 am with a continental breakfast and then promptly at 8:00 the meeting showcasing the impact of the MCEDC to McHenry County as well as the future foundation building projects such as the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. Call the office to rsvp to the Annual Meeting or visit www.mcedc.com for information on these events as well as to register to receive the BLOG updates to stay informed.

McHenry County EDC 2015 Business Champions!
US Employment September 2015

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