What are the Spotlight Awards? The Annual Business Spotlight Awards recognizes and celebrates businesses and community organizations across six categories of leadership. The program is open to all businesses in the Oak Park, River Forest and surrounding communities. In 2018, the public submitted more than 600 nominations for nearly 200 nominees, nearly double 2017.
Category winners receive laudatory press and complimentary marketing, as well as a one-year free membership to the OPRF Chamber.
Hundreds of Chamber and community members attend the annual Business Spotlight Awards Ceremony + Cocktail Party every year in October at the elegant Nineteenth Century Club in Oak Park. Register to attend our 4th Annual Business Spotlight Awards Party on Tuesday, 10/15 HERE.
How are the finalists & winners determined? A 12+ person volunteer judging panel scores nominations and nominee acceptances across weighted rating scale, carefully assessing content, quality, quantity of nominations and nominee acceptance response (very important), to determine 10 finalists in each of the six Spotlight Award award categories. Winners are selected through an additional screening process, involving 4 independent judges per category.
Can I help? Yes! And we LOVE our volunteers! Although our volunteer planning committee + judging panel is closed, we are accepting day-of volunteers. Sign-up to work a shift here.
2018 Spotlight Awards Highlights & Winners Announced (Credit: Griffin & Stebbing)
Nominations Are Now Closed
2020 Spotlight Awards Nominations open May 15, 2020
Nominee acceptances are now closed.
Category Finalists Announced
September 13, 2019
Awards Ceremony/Winners Announced
October 15, 2019
2018 Spotlight Awards Photo Highlights
Thank YOU To Our 2019 Spotlight Award Event Committee
Jonathan Biag - Co-Chair, Chamber Board Member, Co-Owner, Escape Factor
Gary Longstein - Co-Chair, Owner, Gary Longstein Allstate Insurance
Jackie Benson - Owner, Cyclebar OPRF
Katie Brennan - Principal, The Brennan Law Group, LLC
Peg Dowling - Co-Owner Our Planet Automotive
Richard Jung - Owner, Minuteman Press, Oak Park
Theresa Jurgus - Commercial Real Estate Specialist, Baird & Warner
Bill Kent - Owner, Clearview Home Inspections
Carol Mancini - Health Benefits Consultant, Healthcare Solutions Team
Jen Mitchell - Owner/Lawyer, SOLACE Divorce Mediation
Anne Pezalla - Chamber Board Member, Co-Owner, Lively Athletics
Jason Rosado - Owner, Business & Executive Coach, Distinctive Coaching For Business Success
Rickey Schwartz - Community Liaison, Riveredge Hospital
Bob Stelletello - Owner, Right At Home Oak Park
Deborah Wess - Realtor, Coldwell Banker