Nominate A Local Business For The James Tyree Emerging Business Leadership Award

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Mesirow Financial launched the James Tyree Emerging Business Leadership Award in 2012 in memory of Jim Tyree. Former Chairman and CEO of Mesirow Financial and Chairman of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce from 2007-2010.

The James Tyree Award was created to recognize and encourage local entrepreneurs and small businesses to continue to grow and create jobs for the Chicagoland region.

Award Criteria
The winner receives $50,000 in cash courtesy of Mesirow Financial and The PrivateBank, as well as valuable business consulting services from the Chicagoland Chamber.

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
-Be active in local civic or philanthropic initiatives

Applications are accepted February 15 - March 21, 2016.

To learn more about the James Tyree Award and how the Chicagoland Chamber supports small business success, please contact Katie Fitzpatrick at