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Outstanding Business Awards

SYCAMORE CHAMBER BUSINESS AWARDS 

 The Sycamore Chamber invites you to nominate an exceptional Chamber Member businesses to receive one of five awards given by the Chamber at the Sycamore Chamber Annual Meeting held in January annually.  To nominate please click on the Nomination Form Chamber Awards and return to the Chamber by November 1.

The Chamber Vision Award   — Outstanding Business of the Year

Criteria:

  1. The business must be a member of the Sycamore Chamber of Commerce and have over 30 employees.
  2. The business must have been in operation in the Sycamore area for at least five years.
  3. The business must continually demonstrate integrity and ethics in business dealings.
  4. The business must have positively influenced the economic vitality of the Sycamore community.
  5. The business must have historically demonstrated outstanding contributions to the Sycamore Community.
  6. The business must contribute significantly to the Chambers vision of making Sycamore a premier place to work and live by being the voice of businesses, providing leadership and enhancing partnerships.

Past Recipients:  2005 – Castle Bank,  2006 – Ideal Industries,  2007 The Suter Company, 2008 – Sycamore School District,       2009  –  Browns County Market,  2010 – YMCA,    2011- American Midwest Bank    2012 – Driv-Lok, Inc.      2013 NB&T  

2014 – KishHealth System    2015 – AutoMeter Products    2016- HyVee      2017 – Opportunity House

 

The Chamber Spirit  Award– Outstanding Small Business

Criteria:

  1. The business must be a member of the Sycamore Chamber of Commerce and have less than 30 employees.
  2. The business must have been in operation in the Sycamore area for at least three years.
  3. The business must continually demonstrate integrity and ethics in business dealings.
  4. The business must have historically demonstrated outstanding contributions to the Sycamore Community.
  5. The business must contribute significantly to the Chambers vision of making Sycamore a premier place to work and live by being the voice of businesses, providing leadership and enhancing partnerships.

Past Recipients:    2007 – Kar-Fre Flowers         2008 – B95         2009 – Banner Up Signs        2010 – Sweet Earth         2011- Sycamore Theater         2012 – DeKalb County Farm Bureau            2013– Barnaby Printing         2014 – Blumen Gardens        2015 – Pay It Forward House       2016 – Culvers         2017 – Taxco Restaurant

 

Chamber Champion Award – Chamber Staff chooses this recipient based on criteria below.

Criteria:

  1. The business/organization must have been a Sycamore Chamber Member for at least 5 years
  2. The business/organization must have demonstrated outstanding contributions to the Sycamore Chamber.
  3. The business/organization should have a track record of involvement/volunteering for the Sycamore Chamber and its committees.
  4. The business/organization must show continued dedication to the Sycamore Business Community.

Past Recipients:   2004 – NB&T,    2005 – Kish Health System,    2006 – American National Bank of DeKalb County,    2007 – Driv-Lok, Inc.,    2008 – Castle Bank,     2009 – Old Second Bank,   2010 – Taxco,     2011 –  Sycamore Park District,      2012 – Kishwaukee College,       2013 –  NIU,    2014 – Illinois Army National Guard,     2015 – ICCU,      2016 – Frontier Communications     2017 – The Suter Company  

 

Discover Diamond Award

 Criteria:

  1. The business must have made significant improvement(s) to their business or business location (new or additional landscaping, interior remodeling, improved signage, exterior or structural improvements, or development of new structures, etc.).
  2. This improvement must have shown commitment to the entire Sycamore business community.
  3. The improvement has to have been completed in the past three years.
  4. The business must be a Discover Sycamore or Sycamore Chamber Member.

Past Recipients: 2004 – The City of Sycamore,   2005 – Blumen Gardens,  2007 – Upstaging,      2008 – Auto Meter,       2009 – Kishwaukee Community Hospital,       2010- Stomp,                    2011 – Chapel in the Pines/Amber Pines,      2012 – Jane Fargo Hotel and Mitchel Lounge,    2013 – DeKalb Sycamore Chevrolet,    2014 – Sycamore Public Library,     2015 – DCCF,                    2016- Resource Bank,    2017 – Illinois Community Credit Union  

THE PROCESS

  • A selection Committee (appointed by the BOD at the beginning of the year) will review all nominations and prepare a slate of nominees for final approval by the Chamber Board of Directors at the November Board meeting, held on the third Tuesday of November.
  • Nominees will not be made public.
  • Nominations may be submitted at any time prior to November 1.
  • Businesses/Organizations will be recognized at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting, held on the last Thursday in January.
  • If the committee feels there is not a clear recipient the award does not have to be given out that year.

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