Nominations Sought for Chicago Neighborhood Award

Attention small business owners and entrepreneurs in Chicago: Do you know an innovative company or organization serving Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods?

Nominate a company or organization for the Chicago Neighborhood Award celebrating small businesses that focus on innovation to provide value to their local communities. Self-nominations are encouraged. Applications are due August 15.

Nominees can be for-profit or not-for-profit and must show that their new products and services have addressed an unmet needed, created new value, are differentiated from competition and have demonstrated measurable impact in the communities they serve.

This new award from Chicago Innovation Awards aims to promote the importance of inclusivity in Chicago and to recognize overlooked or under-the-radar companies and organizations that are harnessing innovation to stimulate economic activity in their local communities.

Chicago Innovation Awards annually recognizes the most innovative new products and services in the Chicago region. The Chicago Neighborhood Award is supported by Wintrust.

Ten finalists will each receive a $2,500 scholarship to attend “The Practical Innovator,” a daylong executive education course at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.  Three winners will be celebrated at the 15th annual Chicago Innovation Awards on October 25.

Chicago Public Library received the 2013 Social Innovator Award from Chicago Innovation Awards, for its Maker Lab.

Read about previous winners of Chicago Innovation Awards in Innovating-- Chicago-style.