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.
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 annually in October at the elegant Nineteenth Century Club in Oak Park.
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 planning for the 2019 program is now closed, Chamber members are eligible to join our 2020 planning committee which will begin meeting early spring. Sign-up to join the 2020 committee here. Not a member and still interested in helping out? Please visit our volunteer home page to learn about upcoming non-member volunteer opportunities.
2019 Spotlight Awards Film Credit: Griffin & Stebbing
WHAT OUR MEMBERS
"This Chamber is so special to us and really helps small businesses like us grow. We're so grateful to be named the Small Business Superhero this year."
2019 Small Business Superhero Winner
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
Interested in joining the 2020 Spotlight Awards Planning Committee? Sign-up to join here.
Press Release - Finalists Announced!
View press release announcing finalists here.