FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Director of Communications
Loyola’s Family Business Center
Nominees Sought for 12th Annual Illinois Family Business of the Year Awards
CHICAGO, IL (June 2005) Loyola University Chicago’s Family Business Center and co-host Harris Bank are seeking nominees for the 12th annual Family Business of the Year Awards. This yearly event honors family-owned enterprises that successfully navigate issues unique to family businesses.
To be considered for awards, businesses must contribute to the industry and community, employ innovative strategies and must have multi-generational business involvement. This year’s awards will be presented in four family business categories: small (businesses with fewer than 50 employees); medium (50 to 250 employees); large (more than 250 employees); and community service. Judges from a variety of fields will review applications and determine finalists.
Family businesses contribute billions of dollars and create thousands of job opportunities in Illinois. The Center believes that family businesses are an integral part of Illinois’ economy and should be recognized for their success and achievements. Awards will be presented on December 8, 2005 at a ceremony that is expected to attract approximately 300 attendees including prominent Chicago area business people.
Past award winners include: Oberweis Dairy, Hester Decorating Company, Brady Homes, 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 Michael Birck (Tellabs), 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).
The Center will accept nominations from employees, colleagues and family business owners. To nominate a family business, visithttp://www.sba.luc.edu/centers/fbc/fboy/nomination.cfm, or call the Family Business Center at (312) 915-7738. Nomination forms may also be requested via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. All nominations must be received by July 27, 2005 to qualify for awards.
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 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Loyola has a total enrollment of 14,000 students, which includes 8,500 undergraduates, hailing from all 50 states, as well as 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses, three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola’s nine schools and colleges include: arts and sciences, business administration, education, grad studies, law, medicine, nursing, professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 52 undergraduate majors, 59 master’s degrees and doctoral degrees. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities” and “best values” in its annual publications. For more information, please visit site at www.luc.edu.