2016 Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards honorees

Mike Justice, President and Founder of Grid Connect, was recently honored with the IMG_0868Lifetime Achievement Award by the Daily Herald Business Ledger.

Mike Justice is a serial entrepreneur, industrial networking expert, and has successfully built and sold several technology ventures.

In 2003, Justice started Grid Connect inviting many employees from a previous company in which he was involved to join his new venture.

Grid Connect is a rapidly growing manufacturer and distributor of networking products and wireless sensors with more than $13 million in sales worldwide.

Culture and professional growth are two of Justice’s key elements at Grid Connect. Every Wednesday employees are treated to free lunches, complimentary massages on Thursdays and frequent table tennis matches at lunchtime.

Grid Connect has been named as a “Best Place to Work in Illinois” for the last two years and named a “Top 10 Small Business to Work for in Illinois.”

Justice is also locally involved with Naperville North High School’s Robotics Team, where he helps develop and sponsor young engineers.

Read more about the other nominees, here: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20161010/business/161019928/

Top suburban entrepreneurs honored at Business Ledger event

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Last night was dedicated to risk taking and overcoming failure as 19 local entrepreneurs were honored during the 17th Annual Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards, hosted by the Business Ledger and its sponsoring partners. Mike Justice, founder, president, and CEO of Grid Connect was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Read more about some of the top entrepreneurs in the Chicago suburbs here: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20160915/business/160919140/

 

 

 

Local Entrepreneurs to be Honored

Nineteen local entrepreneurs will be honored in the 17th Annual Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards hosted by the Business Ledger and their sponsoring partners.

The awards will be presented at a reception beginning at 4:30 p.m. to be held on Thursday, September 15 at the Hilton Hotel Lisle/ Naperville, 3003 Corporate W Drive, Lisle.

Presenting sponsors for this year’s awards program are: Focus Capital Advisors, Northern Illinois University School of Business; and B. Gunther & Company.

Awards will be presented in 7 categories. The honorees will also be profiled in the October 17th issue of the Business Ledger. This year’s honorees are:

  • Early Stage: Jill Foucre, Mache, Glen Ellyn; Kathy Steele, Red Caffeine Marketing & Technology, Lombard; Quinten Thompson, QT3 Systems, Aurora; Kelly Yearwood, Pits for Patriots, Bensenville.
  • Growth: Lynn Day, Bottle & Botega, Glen Ellyn; Chad Holstead, Business Knowledge Systems, Plainfield; Marc LeBlanc, Gages Lake Auto & Light Truck, Gages Lake.
  • Innovation: Padmini Sriman, EmotiPlush, Naperville; Denise Smith, Smith Physical Therapy & Running Academy, Crystal Lake.
  • Lifetime Achievement: Mike Justice, Grid Connect, Naperville.
  • Outstanding Service to Entrepreneurs: Kathleen Caldwell, Caldwell Consulting Group, Woodstock; Mike Cavanaugh, Small Business Advocacy Council, Chicago; Leslee Cohen, Hershman-Cohen, Chicago / Deerfield; Joe Micaleff, Grow Up Sales, Libertyville.
  • Regional Spirit: Sue Cain, Corporate Learning Institute, Wheaton; Claude Gendreau, La Banque Hotel, Homewood;
  • Young Entrepreneur; Gina Hines, Alder Grove Counseling, Downers Grove; Andre Janus, Cristaux International, Elk Grove Village; Chris Lesner, Project World Impact, LLC, Wheaton.

Cost to attend the reception is $55 per person. You must register online at http://www.dhbusinessledger.com no later than September 9. For additional information call Jim Elsener (jelsener@dailyherald.com), at 630-955-3593.

 

The Business Ledger is the leading provider of business news and information about businesses and the economy in suburban Chicago. The Business Ledger is a sister publication to the Daily Herald and part of the Paddock Publications family.

Local Entrepreneurs Honored

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4300 Commerce Court – Lisle, IL 60532 (630-955-3593)
Press Release
September 17, 2015

 

Local Entrepreneurs Honored

The spirit of independence and success was highlighted Wednesday, September 16, as 28 suburban professionals were honored at the 16th Annual Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards sponsored by the Daily Herald Business Ledger.

More than 200 people attended the event at the Naperville campus of Northern Illinois University. The annual EEA program recognizes successful entrepreneurship in the suburban region. The honorees demonstrate the best traits of entrepreneurship, including willingness to take risk, drive, perseverance and business creativity.

Keynote speaker Jacqueline Camacho-Ruiz, founder and director of JJR Marketing in Naperville, talked about five drivers that are a part of an entrepreneur’s journey: authenticity, vision, gratitude, connecting and innovation.

“It’s about taking something that already exists and putting it into another context,” she said. Camacho-Ruiz, herself a former EEA honoree, spoke of how she began her journey at age 5, selling figs from a tree in her family’s backyard, and noted in many cases youthful exuberance can be a big motivator for entrepreneurs.

“I probably would have waited to start my company if I knew what I know now,” she said. “Sometimes that youth, that naiveté, that childlike approach to things helps you achieve your goals.”

Many of the honorees spoke of their respective leaps of faith that led them to their ventures.

Presenting sponsors for the Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards are B. Gunther and Co., NIU College of Business, Focus Capital Advisors, JJR Marketing and The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, Inc. Marketing partners are MRA, Leaderboard Tournament Systems and the Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce.

Awards were presented in 7 categories: The honorees will also be profiled in the October 12th issue of the Business Ledger.

For additional information call Jim Elsener (jelsener@dailyherald.com), at 630-955-3593.

This year’s honorees are:

  • Early Stage: Coleen & Brian Graham, Coleen’s Better Than Breadsticks, Villa Park; Janee Matteson, Kayak Morris, Hinsdale;       Linda Murray, Vista Linda Eye Care, Mount Prospect.
  • Growth: Henry Matthew Bellagamba, Fullerton Engineering, Rosemont; Chuck Pine, Chuck’s Southern Comforts Café, Darien; Julie Savitt, AMS Earth Movers, Lake Villa.
  • Innovation: Mara Hauser, 25N Coworking, Geneva; Michael Heilmann & Lawrence Jordan, Wi-Tronix, LLC, Bolingbrook; David Larsen, Larsen Manufacturing, Mundelein; Maureen O’Brien, Global Women’s Leadership Forum, Batavia.
  • Lifetime Achievement: Ronald L. Allen, Board Member, Quad County African American Chamber of Commerce; Murray Gordon, MAGA, Ltd., Riverwoods; Diane Middlebrooks, Itasca Bank & Trust Company; Terri Roeslmeier, Automated Business Designs, Rosemont; Roy Spencer, Perma-Seal Basement Systems, Downers Grove.
  • Outstanding Service to Entrepreneurs: Austin Dempsey, Fox Valley Entrepreneur Center, Batavia; Nic Zito, Rev3 / Choose DuPage, Naperville.
  • Regional Spirit: Ellen Huxtable, Advantage Business Concepts, Batavia.
  • Young Entrepreneur (under age of 40): Derek & Gavin Burseth, Burseth Farm, Woodstock; Adam Justice, Grid Connect, Inc., Naperville; Geneva & Rena Pedersen, Treasure Breads, Yorkville; Diana Peters, Symbol Training Institute, Addison; James Ratke, Urban Produce Farms, West Chicago; Matt Zahora, Chicagoland Aviation, Romeoville.

For additional information call Jim Elsener (jelsener@dailyherald.com), at 630-955-3593.

The Business Ledger is the leading provider of business news and information about businesses and the economy in suburban Chicago. The Business Ledger is a sister publication to the Daily Herald and part of the Paddock Publications family.

Adam Justice Honored with Young Entrepreneur Award

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4300 Commerce Court – Lisle, IL 60532 (630-955-3593)

Press Release
August 18, 2015

Local Entrepreneurs to be Honored 

Twenty–seven local entrepreneurs will be honored in the 16th Annual Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards hosted by the Business Ledger and their sponsoring partners.

The awards will be presented at a reception beginning at 4:30 p.m. to be held on Wednesday, September 16 at the Naperville Campus of Northern Illinois University located at 1120 E. Diehl Rd.

The keynote speaker is Jacqueline Camacho-Ruiz, Making It Happen Director, of JJR Marketing.  Jackie is an award-winning entrepreneur, national speaker, philanthropist and author of seven books.

Sponsors for this year’s awards program are: Focus Capital Advisors, Inland Real Estate Group, Northern Illinois University School of Business; B. Gunther & Co.; & JJR Marketing.

Awards will be presented in 7 categories:  The honorees will also be profiled in the October 12th issue of the Business Ledger. This year’s honorees are:

  • Early Stage: Coleen & Brian Graham, Coleen’s Better Than Breadsticks, Villa Park; Janee Matteson, Kayak Morris, Hinsdale; Linda Murray, Vista Linda Eye Care, Mount Prospect.
  • Growth: Henry Matthew Bellagamba, Fullerton Engineering, Rosemont; Chuck Pine, Chuck’s Southern Comforts Café, Darien; Julie Savitt, AMS Earth Movers, Lake Villa.
  • Innovation: Mara Hauser, 25N Coworking, Geneva; Michael Heilmann & Lawrence Jordan, Wi-Tronix, LLC, Bolingbrook; David Larsen, Larsen Manufacturing, Mundelein; Maureen O’Brien, Global Women’s Leadership Forum, Batavia.
  • Lifetime Achievement:  Murray Gordon, MAGA, Ltd., Riverwoods; Diane Middlebrooks, Itasca Bank & Trust Company; Terri Roeslmeier, Automated Business Designs, Rosemont; Roy Spencer, Perma-Seal Basement Systems, Downers Grove.
  • Outstanding Service to Entrepreneurs: Austin Dempsey, Fox Valley Entrepreneur Center, Batavia; Nic Zito, Rev3 / Choose DuPage, Naperville.
  • Regional Spirit: Ellen Huxtable, Advantage Business Concepts, Batavia.
  • Young Entrepreneur (under age of 40): Derek & Gavin Burseth, Burseth Farm, Woodstock; Adam Justice, Grid Connect, Inc., Naperville; Geneva & Rena Pedersen, Treasure Breads, Yorkville; Diana Peters, Symbol Training Institute, Addison; James Ratke, Urban Produce Farms, West Chicago; Matt Zahora, Chicagoland Aviation, Romeoville.

Cost to attend the reception is $55 per person.  You must register online at  http://www.dhbusinessledger.com no later than September 11.  For additional information call Jim Elsener (jelsener@dailyherald.com), at 630-955-3593.

The Business Ledger is the leading provider of business news and information about businesses and the economy in suburban Chicago. The Business Ledger is a sister publication to the Daily Herald and part of the Paddock Publications family.