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2018 Business Champion Awards Nomination/Applications Are Now Open

McHenry County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) is accepting nominations for the 2018 Business Champion Awards.   In its eleventh year, MCEDC recognizes 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 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.   As a CEO or a member of the executive team of a company that is proud of recent expansion, acquisition, special project or growth, your self-nominations would also be welcomed. Nominations are being accepted for the 2018 Business Champion Awards until August 31, 2018.

All nominees are introduced during the MCEDC Annual Dinner Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at the Holiday Inn in Crystal Lake.  The 2018 Business Champions will be announced at the dinner and presented with their awards by our keynote speaker, Mark Peterson, CEO of Intersect Illinois, an accomplished leader and proactive change agent with a wealth of experience in economic development and financial administration. 

Business Champion nominations categories are based on the number of employees - small -24 or less, medium – 25 to 100, large - over 100, as well as a special category for those companies who have over 300 employees.    Judges are business leaders from outside of the county. 

Jim McConoughey, MCEDC President stated “MCEDC’s  previous Business Champions – Utility Business Media, Miller Formless, Richardson Farms, H.S. Crocker , and Brake Parts, Inc. in 2017; Heartland Cabinet Supply, Jessup Manufacturing, JA Frate Companies, Centegra Health System & Fabrik Molded Plastics in 2016; Cideas, Black Diamond Plumbing & Mechanical, Marix4, Home State Bank, Intren and Sage Products in 2015; Radicom, Tegel Design,  Mac Automation, Metalmaster Roofmaster, Claussen Pickles and Charter DuraBar in 2014, Phoenix Woodworking, Advanced Flexible Composites, Watlow and Covidien in 2013; Chroma Corporation, All-Rite Spring, Impact Plastics in 2012;  Other World Computing, Dordan Manufacturing, Joule Technologies in 2011; Scot Forge, Jan Air, Astro Craft in 2010;   Medela, Millennium Electronics, Stan’s Office Technologies in 2009;  Pioneer Center for Human Services, Prairie Ridge Media/McHenry County Living, & New Concepts Development Corporation/Other World Computing in 2008 - are all exceptional primary employers and valuable corporate citizens. We look forward to adding to this prestigious list of McHenry County employers”.  ama

The deadline for submitting Business Champion nominations is August 31, 2018.  Additional information and the nomination form are available here on the MCEDC website or by contacting the MCEDC office at 815.893-0895.   


The McHenry County Economic Development Corporation is a non-profit private-public business advocacy group comprised of business and industry investors from throughout the county. Its mission is to encourage and develop the economic health of McHenry County, Illinois through the retention, expansion and attraction of commerce and industry. A non-governmental organization, the McHenry County EDC seeks to work with local, county, state and federal legislators to foster, enhance and improve the economic vitality of McHenry County. For more information call Jean Schober at 815.895-0895 or visit the website at www.mcedc.com.

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