2017 Business Champion Awards Nomination/Applications Are Now Open

McHenry County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) is accepting nominations for the 2017 Business Champion Awards.   In its tenth 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 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.   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 2017 Business Champion Awards until September 25, 2017

All nominees are introduced during the MCEDC Annual Dinner Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at the Holiday Inn in Crystal Lake.  The 2017 Business Champions will be announced at the dinner and presented with their awards by our keynote speaker, Diane Hendricks, Chairman ABC Supply, an accomplished business leader with a wealth of experience as a business owner, an entrepreneur, an investor, visionary, developer, philanthropist and civic leader.

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. 

Pam Cumpata, MCEDC President stated “MCEDC’s  previous Business Champions - 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”. 

The deadline for submitting Business Champion nominations is September 25, 2017.  Additional information and forms are available on the MCEDC website home page – www.mchenrycountyedc.com or by contacting the MCEDC office at 815.893-0895.   


Nominate a Business Champion - 2017

MCEDC is accepting nominations/applications for the 2017 Business Champion Awards.
Deadline is September 25, 2017. Click a link below to download. 





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