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Nominate a family business for an Illinois Family Business of the Year Award

Nominate a family business for an Illinois Family Business of the Year Award

The Illinois Family Business of the Year Awards recognize multi-generational family business involvement, contributions to industry and community, and innovative business practices and strategies.

The Family Business Center at Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business is seeking nominees for its 25th annual Illinois Family Business of the Year Awards

The awards recognize companies that have demonstrated a strong commitment to family and family business, positive family/business linkage, multigenerational family business involvement, contributions to industry and community, and innovative business practices and strategies. 

The award categories are:

  • Small Family Business Award (companies with fewer than 50 employees)
  • Medium Family Business Award (50 to 250 employees)
  • Large Family Business Award (more than 250 employees)
  • Community Service Award
  • Dean’s Award
  • Century Award

Nomination forms are available at LUC.edu/fbc/nomination or by contacting the Family Business Center at 312.915.6490 or ilfboy@luc.edu. Nominations received by Friday, May 11, 2018, will be considered.

Any family-owned business headquartered in Illinois is eligible to win, with nominations coming from internal and external sources. Professionals in a variety of fields, including family-owned business leaders, will serve as judges to review all applications and determine the winners.

The center’s inspiration for the awards program comes from its numerous nominees: successful and dedicated family businesses whose generosity, innovation, and community involvement have left powerful and lasting impressions.

Awards Gala

This year’s winners will be honored at an awards gala on Thursday, November 15, 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 sponsors include BMO Harris Bank, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Wipfli LLP, Hoopis Group–A member of the MassMutual Financial Group, MB Financial Bank, Oxford Financial Group, Perkins Coie LLP, U.S. Bank–The Private Client Reserve, and Abbot Downing.

For more information on the Illinois Family Business of the Year Awards, visit LUC.edu/Quinlan/fbc.