13th Annual Summit Awards Review

SSSBA’s 13th Annual Summit Awards were held at the elegant Idlewild Country Club in Flossmoor, Il. on February 11th, 2015. A capacity crowd gathered to recognize and honor this year’s four awardees for their outstanding business achievements.

The Annual Summit Awards honor leading business people and organizations who have contributed to the economic and cultural growth of the region.  Each of the awardees is carefully selected from the many businesses and organizations in the region for their outstanding performance and excellence in their qualifying category.

The Summit Awardees for 2014 are:

Small Business of the Year Award recognizes a businesse’s management ability, continued growth, innovativeness of their product or service, and contribution to the community or others.
Awardee: Medix Systems Consultants, South Holland, Illlinois

Training Excellence of the Year Award recognizes businesses that are striving to maintain and upgrade their employees’ skills, contribution to the community or others, value added from the training process to their business and recognition of being ready for new or changing technologies or processes.
Awardee: Skyline Furniture Manufacturing

Economic Development Leader of the Year Award acknowledges management ability, contribution to the community and region by working toward continued growth and viability of the region, efforts made to build good, strong relationships with business.
Awardee: Robin Kelly,

Creative Arts Award acknowledges the ability to offer top-caliber talent to the community, the use of local talent representing the diversity of the communities it serves, demonstration of continued growth and success as an organization and its willingness to engage in collaborative efforts with other creative arts organizations.
Awardee: Union Street Art Gallery, Chicago Heights, Illinois



When: Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
7:30 – 7:45 a.m. Check in and Networking
8:00 – 10:00 a.m. Breakfast, Speaker, and Awards
Where: Idlewild Country Club (click for directions)
Address:  19201 Dixie Highway, Flossmoor, Illinois 60422

Keynote Presentation:   The Generation Gap, Serving a Diverse Customer Base

Keynote Speaker:  Mary Erlain

Published author, dynamic international speaker, professional trainer/coach/facilitator, Mary Erlain offers business professionals the development services they need to thrive in their business roles.

Erlain founded Peak Development Strategies in 2007. “Connecting the dots and removing barriers!™” embodies Erlain’s mission in business.

Accelerating growth in organizations is Erlain’s passion and mission. She speaks on topics that get down to the core of the issues that stand in the way of growth in employees.

To read about last year’s Awardees: Please click here.

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