What are the Spotlight Awards? Our 3rd Annual Business Spotlight Awards recognizes and celebrates businesses & community organizations across six categories of leadership. Nominations open in May and are submitted by members of the general public via the Chamber website through the end of July. Nominees do not need to be Chamber members to win, though they must accept their nominations to be eligible. The program is open to all businesses in the Oak Park, River Forest and surrounding communities. Category winners will receive laudatory press and complimentary marketing exposure, as well as a one year free membership to the OPRF Chamber. Hundreds of Chamber and community members will attend the Business Spotlight Awards Ceremony, where winners will be announced on Tuesday, 10/9, from 5-7P at The Nineteenth Century Club .
I'm interested in sponsoring this event. Tell me more. If you are looking for an event with longevity and a large reach, the Spotlight Awards is a great fit. The nomination period and promotion begins in May, and marketing continues to celebrate nominees and finalists through October. Your sponsorship grants you access to six active months of marketing, including the BIG awards event - where cocktails and ceremony meet to announce our 2018 winners! View sponsorship information here, register/purchase your sponsorship here. Sponsorships start at $600.
Can I volunteer? Love to help? Feel passionate about promoting local business?! Help out with this event! Chamber members can join our Spotlight Awards planning committee here. Still want to help, but only have an hour or two to give? Help out on the BIG awards night, sign-up to help out for a 1-2.5 shift at the 10/9 Spotlight Awards Ceremony & Volunteer Appreciation here.
Business Spotlight Award Categories
This is a business or organization reflective of our community - unique, creative, smart, one-of-a-kind, supportive, fun, successful. The kind that epitomizes the spirit of who we are. Nominate a business for Community Character here.
This is a business or organization you want to tell your friends about. Staff here have a knack for doing everything right, making you feel like the most important customer in the world. Sure, it's customer service - but it is more than a one-off. It's the kind of endearing, over-the-top experience you don't forget - the kind sustained over the long haul. You’re thrilled you patronized the business and hopeful others will do too. Nominate a business for Customer Experience here.
It’s the local eatery you’re dying to take out-of-town visitors. The environment is perfect, the food is delectable, and the staff/servers are excellent. This award recognizes the union of taste and atmosphere. This business represents the pinnacle of great food, served local. Nominate a business for Excellent Eats here.
This is a heritage business or organization that captures the heart of our community and has the ultimate generational staying power. A business that has become a part of the scenery - deeply intertwined with how we see ourselves. Think of it as a Lifetime Achievement Award for a local business that’s a permanent fixture and deserves the recognition. Nominate a business for Local Legend here.
New & Notable
This award recognizes one of the best new additions to the neighborhood. The winner of this award opened their doors in 2017/2018 and we’re ALL excited to have them around. It’s a business or organization that fills a gap we didn’t know existed with new products, services and/or experiences. It’s the kind of place that already seems like part of our community. One that so seamlessly fits, it seems like they’ve been here for forever. Nominate a business for New & Notable here.
Small Business Superhero
An individual or small business with service or products that has truly stepped in to save your day. Perhaps it was a plumber in the middle of the night, a birthday cake emergency, a realtor who went the distance, a genius bookkeeper or a caterer who made you look like a superstar. Whatever the service or product - your day - no, your whole week was made better because this business swooped in to save the day. Nominate a business for Small Business Superhero here.
Congratulations to our 2017 Business Spotlight Award winners and 120+ nominees for being recognized for your extraordinary small businesses and organizations!
200+ of our community's small business, non-profit and government leaders gathered together on 10/10/2017, to celebrate and recognize this group for our 2nd Annual Business Spotlight Awards, and to enjoy the generous hospitality of our hosts, the Nineteenth Century Club and Oak Park Banquets.
2017 Business Spotlight Award Winners:
Community Character - CycleBar OPRF
Customer Experience - Dr. Mary Ann Bender Podiatry
Green / Sustainability - Our Planet Automotive
Innovation / Collaboration - Solace Divorce Mediation
Integrated Marketing - School of Rock, Oak Park
Investment /Development - Oak Park River Forest Museum
2017 Business Spotlight Awards Photo Highlights
Thank YOU To Our 2018 Spotlight Award Event Committee
Gary Longstein - Co-Committee Lead, Owner, Gary Longstein Allstate Insurance
Anne Pezalla - Co-Committee Lead, Chamber Board Member, Co-Owner, Lively Athletics
Kim Cepak - Owner, Ashland Vine Senior Home Care
John Dortch - Oak Park Chiropractic
Peg Dowling - Our Planet Automotive
Danielle Duley - Shirely Ryan Ability Lab
Crystal Dyer - Owner, Gone Again Travel & Tours
Jen Mitchell - Owner/Lawyer, SOLACE Divorce Mediation
Tandra Rutledge - Director of Business Development, Riveredge Hospital
Kellie Scott - Owner, Divine Consign
Carrie Summy - Program & Development Coordinator, Oak Park - River Forest Community Foundation
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