- Aug 18, 2016
Every year the Chamber honors two businesses — one for its philanthropic efforts, another for its entrepreneurial success, and one exceptional volunteer. The nomination and selection process begins around mid-year as members are encouraged to submit names of companies or individuals they would like to recognize.
The awards each have different criteria. The Corporate Business of the Year recognizes companies for local charitable activities (2016 winner was First Bank of Highland Park). The Northbrook Business of the Year honors a business that has experienced considerable growth and offers outstanding customer service (2016 winner was Amplivox). The Volunteer of the Year recognizes an individual who has contributed to furthering the Chamber’s goals (2016 winner was Sal Manso, Reebie Storage and Moving).
Nominations can be submitted at any time this year, not just in the fall. Award winners are announced in January and presented at the Chamber’s annual meeting and dinner in the spring.
Headed by Dr. Gregg Gerstin, Align Wellness, a committee will review the award nominations and make the final selections. “We need members to be the eyes and ears for us to help educate us about their experiences with the businesses and volunteers who deserve to be recognized,” comments Gerstin. Other members of the subcommittee include Jim Lazar, Marcello’s; Mary Bowler, Wags on Willow; Peter Balyeat, Korman/Lederer and Bob Caldwell, NorthShore FamilyCare. Previously, the panel surveyed past award winners to determine how the award impacted their business and why it had value and meaning. Past winners commented that they were extremely honored to receive the award which they said gave them a lot of visibility in the community and provided a lot of p.r. and marketing value.