New Tyree award to offer $25,000 cash prize

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By the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and Mesirow Financial have launched a James Tyree Emerging Business Leadership Award competition in honor of the late business and civic leader. Tyree served as chairman and CEO of Mesirow Financial and chairman of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. The award is to be presented annually to the small company chief executive who best represents Mesirow’s spirit and values, including integrity, philanthropy, humor, humility, generosity and “advocate for Chicago.” The award will include a $25,000 cash prize, donated by Mesirow, and $25,000 in in-kind services.

To be eligible for the award, companies must be from the six-county Chicago metropolitan area, have been in business for a minimum of three years and have revenues of at least $500,000, but less than $10 million. The company also must have demonstrated substantial growth over the previous three years, have at least 10 employees and must be active in local or regional civic/philanthropic initiatives.

The deadline to apply for the award is April 20. For more information, click here:

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