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Influential Women in Business Awards
Influential Women in Business Awards

The Business Ledger's Influential Women in Business Awards are given to suburban business women who share a commitment to professional excellence and their communities. The judges will base their selections on the nominees' business and professional achievements and the challenges they have met in building their careers. The selection committee will also consider how the nominees "give back" to their communities and/or employees.

Presented by
The Daily Herald Business Ledger in partnership with National Association of Women Business Owners

Sponsored by:
B. Gunther & Company, Inc.
Focus Capital Advisors
Northern Illinois University College of Business

Marketing Partners:
MRA - The Management Association
All Fund and Games
Small Business Advocacy Council

NOMINATIONS ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED

Click here to meet the 2016 Influential Women in Business honorees.

NOMINATION GUIDELINES AND PROCEDURES

All that is required in making the initial nomination is the name and contact information of both the nominee and the nominator.

A letter from business management, customers, employees or others familiar with the nominee can also be submitted at this time.

Self-nominations are accepted.

Previous award recipients are not eligible.

The nominees' business must either be located in or have a major presence in The Daily Herald Business Ledger's primary editorial coverage area, which includes suburban Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, Lake County, McHenry County or Will County.

Nominees' whose primary business address is in Chicago are requested to explain their business presence in the suburban business community. Preference is given to businesses located in our suburban circulation area.

Exceptions are made when a Chicago based firm has branch offices or an otherwise major presence in the suburban business community.

Nominations must be submitted online at www.dhbusinessledger.com by Friday, Sept. 16, 2016.

SELECTION PROCESS

The selection committee is comprised of the editorial staff of the Daily Herald Business Ledger.

Decisions are made from personal knowledge of the nominees and/or the quality of the supporting materials that are submitted.

Nominees will be notified via e-mail of their status following the judging.

RECOGNITION

Award recipients will be honored at an evening reception to be held Wednesday, November 2 from 4:30 7:30 p.m. at the NIU campus in Naperville.

 Honorees will be profiled in a special section of the December 12, 2016, issue of the Daily Herald Business Ledger.

SUPPORTING NOMINATION INFORMATION

After the nomination deadline (September 16, 2016) nominees will be contacted by e-mail and given an opportunity to submit supporting materials for their nomination portfolio. The following guidelines will assist nominees in providing additional information:

• Please submit a biography or resume detailing the nominee's achievements in business, civic or personal arenas. Include information that tells the story of the nominee.

• The selection committee will consider the nominee's business and professional achievements and the challenges they have met in building their careers.

• List honors, awards or achievements that the nominee has earned.

• The selection committee will consider how the nominees "give back" to their communities and/or employees. List any involvement with business organizations, charitable or civic causes.

• Magazine or newspaper articles may also be included, as well as brochures, letters or any materials that tell the nominee's story.

• Please include whatever information or materials you think would be helpful to the selection committee. Please do not submit any material that must be returned.  Please do not submit any audio/visual material.

All nomination supporting materials are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 30, 2016, to blawards@dailyherald.com.

You may mail your information to Kristine Wilson, Daily Herald Business Ledger, 155 E. Algonquin Rd., Arlington Heights, IL 60005. Please do not submit any material that must be returned. Please do not submit any audio/visual material.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. How much financial information must we disclose?

A. Not that much. There is no need to disclose proprietary information. We are looking for some general benchmarks of financial growth and success. Percentages are often used. (e.g. "the company grew by over 200 percent in the last five years and expects sales to exceed $25 million in 2016.")

Q. Why should my company and I participate in this awards program?

A. The awards provide a significant public relations opportunity and lets your entire company share in your success. Honorees are profiled in the Daily Herald Business Ledger as well as online through our e-mail newsletter The Business Edge. You can send out your own press release to interested media. You can post your honor on your company's web page and insert copies of articles in your sales kits. You will also have the opportunity to meet other successful business executives who are being honored.

Q. Who does the judging and what are they looking for?

A. The editorial staff of the Daily Herald Business Ledger conducts the judging. They will select up to 20 honorees. They are looking for a diverse group - by industry, size of organization, financial success, product or service, commitment to business and charitable organizations. Our goal is to select a representative sample of women business executives that are successful in our community. We are looking to honor successful businesses and the people who make them successful.

Q. What is the recognition event like? Who should attend?

A. Approximate attendance is 200 people. The evening begins with a reception. A keynote speaker will set the tone for the evening. The honorees are introduced from the podium and recognized with an A/V presentation. Each honoree is offered one minute to speak to the audience. Honorees often bring several employees, family members and friends who have been instrumental in the recognition of the company/organization to share this honor.