Business Champion Awards nominations and applications now open

Since its inception in 2008, the Business Champion Awards have been the McHenry County Economic Development Corp.’s way of recognizing and celebrating companies that have made a significant and lasting impact on McHenry County’s economy.

MCEDC has announced it is now accepting nominations for the 2023 Business Champion Awards.

The Business Champion Awards are designed to honor organizations that not only demonstrate exceptional business acumen but also take a visionary approach to growth and community development, according to a news release from MCEDC.

This year, MCEDC is extending eligibility to include previous award winners, recognizing ongoing excellence in the business community. This will not include winners of last year’s awards – Vo-Tech Inc. of Crystal Lake, Duraflex Inc. of Cary, Technipaq Inc. of Crystal Lake and Mercyhealth-Hospital of Crystal Lake.

The nomination categories are:

  • Small – 24 or fewer employees
  • Medium – 25 to 100 employees
  • Large – 100 to 299 employees
  • Large+ – 300 or more employees

Nominated companies must be located within McHenry County. Companies should be primary employers, such as manufacturers or professional services firms, excluding retail, restaurants and nonprofit agencies.

If you are aware of a supplier, customer or employer that has gone above and beyond, consider submitting a nomination. CEOs and executive team members also are encouraged to submit self-nominations celebrating recent business milestones. The nomination deadline is Friday, Sept. 22.