Awards Night Nominations

2017 Business Awards of Excellence

Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce wishes to recognize Kankakee County businesses and individuals whose achievements and community involvement have made significant contributions to the economic and social well being of the County of Kankakee.

Nominees must be a current member of the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce.

Nominations Deadline: November 6th
Awards Reception: December 6th


Award Categories:


Technology and Innovation

Criteria for Eligibility & Selection:

  • Demonstrates growth and success in commercializing technological innovations.
  • Demonstrates growth and success in implementing technological innovations.
  • Demonstrates adaptability and successful application of new technology.
  • Development and growth of products and/or services.
The nominating committee will be reviewing submissions for the above guidelines. You may share your personal message about the nominee below.

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Small Business of the Year

Criteria for Eligibility & Selection:

  • Kankakee County businesses employing less than 50 full-time employees are eligible to be nominated.
  • Institutional facilities, not-for-profit organizations, regional offices and branch offices are not eligible.
  • Business has been operating in Kankakee County for 5 years or more.
  • Business has a clear plan for future growth of the organization.
The nominating committee will be reviewing submissions for the above guidelines. You may share your personal message about the nominee below.

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Large Business of the Year

Criteria for Eligibility & Selection:

  • Contributions to employment and excellence in employee relations.
  • Proven business achievement.
  • Excellence in community relations, customer service and reliability.
  • Proven marketing and promotional achievements.
The nominating committee will be reviewing submissions for the above guidelines. You may share your personal message about the nominee below.

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New Business of the Year

Criteria for Eligibility & Selection:

  • Business has been operating in Kankakee County under 5 years
  • A Statement should be included which demonstrates success in overcoming challenges to drive forward its business plan
  • A clear plan for future growth of the organization
  • “Independently” owned franchises are eligible
  • Business must be incorporated.
  • Nominees cannot be expansion of an existing business, name change or new location of an existing organization
The nominating committee will be reviewing submissions for the above guidelines. You may share your personal message about the nominee below.

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Not-for-Profit Organization of the Year

Criteria for Eligibility & Selection:

  • The organization is a not-for-profit in Kankakee County.
  • Setting and achieving clear business objectives and effective use of resources.
  • Demonstrates originality and sustainability in generating income or securing funding.
  • Shows innovation in services or programs to meet changing demands in Kankakee County.
  • Shows an analysis of measurable results in the communities they serve.
  • Shows a commitment to people development, whether paid or volunteer, including qualified governance.
  • Demonstrates strong and accountable governance leadership.
The nominating committee will be reviewing submissions for the above guidelines. You may share your personal message about the nominee below.

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