Nominations are now closed for our 2021 Awards! Stay tuned for voting!
Our 2021 awards, appreciation and scholarship presentation will take place at Kemper Lakes on January 22, 2022 starting at 5:30 pm. Nominations will be accepted through November 12, 2021, with voting beginning on November 29th through December 10th. We will have 5 categories this year: Business of the Year, Community Impact Award, Innovator of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Volunteer of the Year. Following the nomination process, winners will be determined by a weighted score in which the public vote will be worth 20%, the membership vote will comprise 50% and the board vote will be 30%. Learn more about each award and the voting process:
Business of the Year: Honors a business or organization which exhibits exemplary strategic planning, employee development, community involvement, and customer service. Winner will be selected for their demonstrated success, innovation, and contributions to economic growth and free enterprise.
New Business of the Year: Honors a LZ Area Chamber of Commerce member for-profit business in Deer Park, Hawthorn Woods, Kildeer, Lake Zurich, Long Grove, or North Barrington in business for 2 years or less that has made a positive impact by demonstrating: Support and involvement in the Chamber; An ongoing commitment to quality products and service; Business growth; Innovation; Involvement in, or support of our communities through philanthropy, support of employees, and other special recognition either within the community or field of business.
Community Impact Award: Honors a business or organization that is a “force” for good in making a positive difference in our community.
Innovator of the Year: Honors an individual that demonstrates innovativeness, originality, and entrepreneurial spirit in the development of processes, products, or technologies. This individual who has taken a risk in business – started a new venture; expanded into a new area; taken on a challenging project.
Volunteer of the Year: Honors that Chamber volunteer who has given selflessly and contributed significantly to the success and growth of the Chamber through their involvement.
Rookie of the Year: Honors an individual who has demonstrated exemplary involvement in the Chamber within their first year of membership.
- Must be a current member of the LZ Area Chamber of Commerce
- Must be in business or service a minimum of 2 years (excludes Rookie of the Year)
- Should demonstrate unique or innovative approaches to business
- Should demonstrate active community involvement
- You can nominate yourself or another business/individual
- Awards will be open for nomination submissions until November 12, 2021
- Nominees will be posted for voting from November 29 – December 10
Members of the Executive Committee will serve as a Review Panel to make sure submissions are valid, members are in good standing and to work out any other kinks in the process. A business or professional may only be allowed to win one award that evening, and there must be a two-year gap between winning the same award.
The totals, based on percentages below, will be tallied to identify the winners.
Public Votes – 20% Membership Votes – 50% Board Votes – 30%