FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Loyola University Chicago Seeks Nominees for
18th Annual Illinois Family Business of the Year Awards
Family Business Center to Accept Nominations through July 1
CHICAGO, June 2, 2011 – The Family Business Center of Loyola University Chicago is seeking nominees for its annual Illinois Family Business of the Year Awards, sponsored by Harris BMO. Awards are presented in five categories—Small (companies with fewer than 50 employees), Medium (50 to 250), Large (more than 250), Community Service, and the Century Award—to companies with a strong commitment to family and family business.
This year, the Family Business of the Year Awards will celebrate 18 years of recognizing exemplary family businesses. In addition to business success, those recognized have demonstrated positive family/business linkage, multigenerational 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—including themselves.
Nomination forms can be obtained online at LUC.edu/fbc/nomination or by contacting the Family Business Center directly at 312.915.6490 or ILFBOY@luc.edu. All nominations received by Friday, July 1 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.
This year’s winners will be honored at an awards gala on Tuesday, November 29, at The Four Seasons Hotel–Chicago. The gala attracts professionals from all over the Chicagoland area, including previous Family Business of the Year winners and finalists and members of the Family Business Center. This year’s gala sponsors include Harris BMO, Katten Muchin Rosenman, Grant Thornton, Mass Mutual Pearre & Associates Ltd., and MB Financial Bank. For more information on the Illinois Family Business of the Year Awards, please visit LUC.edu/fbc.
About Loyola University Chicago Family Business Center
The Family Business Center of Loyola University Chicago is an interdisciplinary Center of Excellence dedicated to serving multigenerational, mid- to large-sized family businesses. The center provides transformational learning experiences aimed at increasing effectiveness in planning, problem solving, and preparing current and future generations of family business owners and managers. As part of the Loyola University Chicago School of Business Administration, the center upholds the Jesuit tradition of excellence in education, focusing on responsible leadership and development of the “whole” person.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago, founded in 1870, is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Enrollment is nearly 16,000 students, which includes almost 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 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 and now features an academic center in Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Loyola’s 10 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. Loyola is consistently ranked among the “top national universities” by U.S.News & World Report, and the University is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations, such as the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about Loyola, please visit LUC.edu.