The City of West Chicago is accepting nominations for the Brilliance in Business Awards, a program acknowledging the efforts local businesses are making on behalf of their objectives and those of greater benefit to the community. The deadline for nominations is Friday, September 4, 2015.
Now in its seventh year, the program has brought awareness to the level of diversity, creativity and corporate citizenship that epitomizes West Chicago businesses. Marketing Assistant Krista Coltrin looks forward to each year’s nominating process as a way to connect with the business community and discover the fascinating and creative products and services available locally.
“There are over 800 businesses in West Chicago, each creating a unique product or service which enhances the economic diversity of the community. The Brilliance in Business program gives the City an opportunity to meet the owners and managers of the winning businesses and understand what drives them to fill a niche in their markets,” said Coltrin.
Loggerhead Deco, Inc. is an example of one of the specialty businesses located in West Chicago. Winner of the Green Initiatives Award in 2014, it produces small batch beverage containers for micro distillers using organic printing processes. When asked what the award meant to his rapidly growing business, owner Steve Gilbertson responded enthusiastically. “We have actively used the Brilliance in Business Award from the City of West Chicago to show our customers the commitment provided by the City in support of our business initiatives as a green manufacturer,” said Gilbertson.
Nominations are often received from businesses, either for other businesses or for themselves. However, this year the City is encouraging residents and patrons of local businesses to also submit nominations. “Maybe the business provides unbelievable customer service, takes great pride in recent renovations, or offers a product not found anywhere else. Whatever the positive experience, we want to hear about it,” said Coltrin.
Online nomination forms can be found on the City of West Chicago’s website at www.westchicago.org under Businesses, Forms and Applications. All businesses must reside within the West Chicago municipal boundaries and meet criteria in each of the following categories:
- Community Service Award
- Community Image Award
- Green Initiatives Award
- Economic Development Award
- Small Business of the Year Award
- Not-for-Profit Award
Information on previously awarded businesses can be found through a series of videos and musical slideshows on the City of West Chicago’s YouTube channel at www.YouTube.com/CityofWestChicago.