FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Loyola University Chicago Seeking Nominees for 15th Annual
Illinois Family Business of the Year Awards
University’s Family Business Center to Accept Nominations through August 15
CHICAGO, June 18, 2008 – Loyola University Chicago’s Family Business Center announced today that it is seeking nominees for its annual Family Business of the Year Awards, co-sponsored by Harris. Awards are presented to companies with a strong commitment to family and to family business. Awards are distributed in five categories: small (companies with fewer than 50 employees), medium (50 to 250), large (more than 250), Community Service, and Century Award.
This year the Family Business of the Year Awards will celebrate their 15th year of recognizing exemplary family businesses. In addition to business success, awardees recognized will have demonstrated positive family/business linkage, multi-generational family business involvement, contributions to industry and community, and innovative business practices and strategies. Any family-owned business headquartered in Illinois is eligible to win and may be nominated by anyone.
Nomination forms can be obtained online at LUC.edu/fbc/fboy_nominations.shtml or by contacting the Family Business Center directly at 312-915-7738 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All nominations received by August 15 will be considered. Professionals in a variety of fields, including family-owned business leaders, will serve as judges to review all applications and determine the winners. For more information, visit LUC.edu/fbc/fboy.shtml.
This year’s winners will be honored at an awards gala on Wednesday, December 3, 2008, at the Four Seasons Hotel – Chicago. All previous winners and finalists, as well as current members of the Family Business Center, are encouraged to attend. The center anticipates an attendance of more than 300 prominent business professionals from the Chicagoland area. Sponsors of this year’s celebration are Harris, Katten Muchin Rosenman, Grant Thorton, and Mass Mutual Pearre & Associates, Ltd.
Past award winners include Chicago Sightseeing Co., Smithereen Pest Management, Pepper Construction Group, Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, Clarke Mosquito Control, Turano Baking Company, Gold Eagle Co., Baird & Warner, Windmer Interiors, Peter Troost Monument Co., Raynor Garage Doors, Glunz Family Enterprises, Skender Construction, Oberweis Dairy, Hester Decorating Company, Brady Homes, Northwestern Business College, Wagner Printing Companies, Reed Illinois Corp., Azteca Foods, Kemper Sports Management, Follett Corporation, Universal Chemicals, Dixline Corporation, ABT Electronics, The Pampered Chef, Lynn Furniture, and Martin Engineering.
About Loyola University Chicago Family Business Center
The Loyola University Chicago Family Business Center, part of the University’s School of Business Administration, is an internationally recognized pioneer and leader in family business program development and research, serving as a resource to family businesses in the Chicago region and throughout the nation. The center’s research projects have focused on issues such as family business leadership, the communication patterns of business-owning families, the role of trusts and trustees in family firms, the performance of family businesses compared with non-family managed counterparts, and demographic profiles of family businesses throughout the United States.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 15,500 students, which includes nearly 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 ten schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S.News & World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities,” and named the University a “best value” in its 2008 rankings. For more information, please visit LUC.edu.