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2018 James Tyree Emerging Business Leadership Award Application

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Important Dates:

Jan. 24 - March 25: Open application period

April 3: Applicants will be notified if they qualified for the kickoff reception

April 12: James Tyree Award Kickoff Reception - 12 quarter-finalists pitch their businesses Shark-Tank style; live vote determines 6 semi-finalists

Week of April 23-27: Top 3 finalists will be notified if they qualified for the interview round

May 8: Top 3 finalists interviews

June 5: Winner announced during the Chicagoland Chamber’s Annual Meeting


Qualified applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Operate within the six-county Chicagoland metropolitan area
  • Be in business for a minimum of two years
  • Demonstrate substantial growth over the past two years
  • Generate revenues of at least $500,000 but less than $10 million
  • Have five or more employees, including business owner(s)
  • Be active in local civic or philanthropic initiatives
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Please provide a brief history of the company, with a focus on the original idea and the evolution of the business. (150 characters max)
Please describe the process of launching and building the business, including the personal and financial risk. (150 characters max)*
Please describe any significant obstacles your business was forced to overcome within the industry. (150 characters max)*
Please describe the business, its products and/or services, and the marketplace it inhabits. (150 characters max)*
Please describe any milestones the business has reached in the past few years with attention to significant actions, changes to the business or the products/services, difficulties, the management team, and any other relevant information. (150 characters max)*

Please provide 2017 financial growth information below:

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Was the company profitable in 2017? *

Please provide 2016 financial growth information below:

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Was the company profitable in 2016?*

Please provide 2015 financial growth information below:

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Was the company profitable in 2015?*
Has the company acquired or merged with another company within the past four years?*
If yes, what was the financial impact of this acquisition or merger?
Has the company raised or received investment from a venture capital fund or private equity fund?*
If yes, please list venture capital or private equity investors.

The Award

Please tell us why this business deserves to win the 2018 James Tyree Award. What sets the company apart from others? (150 characters max)

Innovations:
Community Leadership:
Financial Performance Relative to Industry:
Civic Activities:
Growth in Sales:
Employee Morale and Workplace Environment:

Advisors and References

Please provide information for three (3) individuals who have assisted and who may serve as references. 

Business Professional Reference

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Board of Directors Reference

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Philanthropic Reference

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