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Loyola University Chicago Family Business Center
Unveils 2009 Family Business of the Year Award Winners
Awardees to be Honored at December 2 Gala in Chicago

CHICAGO, October 27, 2009 – Loyola University Chicago’s Family Business Center is pleased to announce the winners of its 16th annual Illinois Family Business of the Year Awards. This award program recognizes exceptional Illinois-based family businesses that demonstrate a strong commitment to business development, family, and the greater-Illinois community. An awards gala honoring the winners and finalists, as well as the tradition, dedication, and success of the family enterprise, will be co-hosted by Harris N.A., and will take place on Wednesday, December 2, at 6:30 p.m., at The Four Seasons Hotel–Chicago.

The 2009 Illinois Family Business of the Year Awardees include:

This year’s awards drew nearly 250 nominations in five categories: small (companies with fewer than 50 employees), medium (50 to 250), large (more than 250), community service, and the century award. Winners of the awards have demonstrated positive family/business linkage, multi-generational family business involvement, contributions to industry and community, and innovative business practices and strategies.

“Time and again, the family business model has proven to be a successful force in the American economy, because it places people at its heart,” said Andrew Keyt, executive director of Loyola’s Family Business Center. “The awards honor those who uphold this special legacy.”

Past award winners include 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 Co., and many more.

For more information on the awards and to purchase tickets for the upcoming gala, please visit LUC.edu/fbc/fboy.shtml.

About Loyola University Chicago Family Business Center

Since 1990, the Loyola Family Business Center (FBC) has been dedicated to strengthening multi-generational family businesses of varying sizes, industries, and complexities. Through research, education, and networking, the center provides a unique community where family business owners can find support, education, and guidance on the complex challenges they face. The center’s innovative programs provide members the opportunity to share knowledge and cultivate synergies with one another to push the frontier of family enterprise to new levels. For more information, visit LUC.edu/fbc. 

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 15,800 students, which includes more than 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 2009 rankings. For more information, please visit LUC.edu.




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