FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nominees Sought for 11th Annual Illinois Family Business of the Year Awards
CHICAGO, July 8, 2004 Loyola University Chicago’s Family Business Center, in conjunction with Harris Bank, is seeking nominees for the 11th annual Family Business of the Year Awards. The awards honor family-owned enterprises that successfully manage issues unique to family businesses. Among the criteria for an award are contributions to the industry and community, multi-generational family business involvement and innovative strategy. Awards will be presented in four categories: small (companies with fewer than 50 employees); medium (50 to 250); large (more than 250); and community service. The Center will present the awards at a special ceremony on Dec. 9, at which more than 400 guests are expected including previous award winners and finalists as well as sponsors of the event. Sponsors include Katten, Muchin, Zavis, Rosenman; Grant Thorton; Mass Mutual; Pearre & Associates, Ltd.; UBS; JP Morgan; and McDermott, Will, & Emery.
Past award winners include Northwestern Business College, Wagner Printing Companies, Reed Illinois Corp., Azteca Foods, Kempers Sports, Follett Corporation, Universal Chemicals, Dixline Corporation, Baird & Warner, Abt Electronics, The Pampered Chef, Lynn Furniture, and Martin Engineering. Past keynote speakers have been William Wrigley Jr. (William Wrigley Jr. Company) Sam Johnson (SC Johnson), Herbert Kohler Jr. (Kohler Company), Richard Smucker (J.M. Smucker Company), Sandy McNally (Rand McNally), and Edsel B. Ford II (Ford Motor & Credit).
Family businesses contribute billions of dollars to the economy and create thousands of jobs in Illinois alone. Because of this, the Loyola Family Business Center strives to help family businesses face the unique challenges in their quest for success.
The Center will accept nominations from employees, colleagues and family business owners. Nomination forms are available online athttp://www.sba.luc.edu/centers/fbc/fboy/nomination.cfm, or may also be requested directly from the Family Business Center at (312) 915-7738 firstname.lastname@example.org.
All nominations received by July 23rd will be considered. Professionals in a variety of fields, including family-owned business leaders will serve as judges to review all applications and determine finalists. Visit: http://www.sba.luc.edu/centers/fbc/fboy/info.cfm.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is among the largest of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 15,000 students, which includes 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s nine schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 69 undergraduate majors, 77 master’s degrees, 36 doctoral degrees, and three professional degree programs. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities” in its annual publications. For more information, please visit our web site at www.luc.edu.