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       Business@Work
  TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2012    

PRESIDENT'S CORNER

Jim Tyree Award to Honor the Chicago Business Legend, Recognize a Small Business Leader

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Mesirow Financial is pleased to announce the launching of the James Tyree Emerging Business Leadership Award. The award, $25,000 in capital, and $25,000 in business services, will be presented to the company/chief executive who best represents the spirit and values of late Chamber Chairman and business leader James Tyree. These values include Integrity, Philanthropy, Humor, Humility, Generosity, and Advocate for Chicago.

Tyree served as chairman and chief executive officer of Mesirow Financial from 1994 to 2011, on the Board of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, and as the Chamber Board Chair from 2007-2010. Because of his success in leading Mesirow Financial to exceptional levels of growth in all areas of the business and as a tireless advocate for all aspects of the community, Tyree was the natural choice as the basis for this award.

 

YOUR MEMBERSHIP @ WORK

'Hiring our Heroes' a Win for Chicago Vets, Employers

The war in Iraq is coming to a close, and American troops will withdraw from Afghanistan by 2014. The unemployment rate for post 9-11 veterans is 13.1%. This jumps to a staggering 30% for veterans under the age of 25. There are currently more than one million unemployed vets, and 75,000 of them are homeless.

In an effort to counter this, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched the “Hiring our Heroes” program last year, on which the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce is a partner. Over 1,000 job-seeking veterans and their spouses joined over 100 employers Wednesday at the Hilton Chicago for a job fair matching unemployed vets with Chicagoland companies.

Walgreen CEO to Keynote Chamber's 108th Annual Meeting

As President & CEO of Walgreen Co. and a board member for a multitude of prominent Chicago business and civic organizations, Gregory Wasson is the ideal keynote speaker for this year’s Annual Meeting of Membership, which will take place at the Hyatt Regency Chicago on June 5.

Wasson joined Walgreens as an intern in 1980 and was eventually named a Walgreens vice president and executive vice president of Walgreens Health Initiatives in 2001 after 21 years with the company. He became president and chief operating officer of Walgreens in 2007 and was appointed CEO in February 2009.

Illinois Innovation Index Examines State's Patent Output

Utility patent output is one of the leading indicators of innovation, reflecting several factors: the concentration of companies in innovation-focused industries such as semiconductors or pharmaceuticals; the level of public and private sector R&D funding; and partnerships between the private sector and research institutions. As a product of these economic assets contributing to entrepreneurship and high-tech employment, patent output is a good comparative measure of the relative robustness and dynamism of specific innovation ecosystems. As this month’s Index reveals, Illinois has consistently ranked among the top ten states for patent output, and targeted efforts to support innovation can help Illinois maintain its position.

    

CHAMBER NEWS

 

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Meet a Member: Sales Empowerment Group

Fly with Efficiency, Style with Ultimate Air Shuttle

Finding your Organization's Firestarter

Chamber Member InnerWorkings Named One of the Top 100 “Most Trustworthy Companies” in America

Survey: Healthcare Costs a Concern to Chicago Investors

Five Elms Capital Announces Inaugural Flyover 50 Awards

Community Video Network Knows the Secret to Internet Marketing

Chicago-Based Company Acquired by Paul Werth Associates

Child's Voice: Chicagoland's Premier Listening and Spoken Language Program

Sullivan’s Steakhouse Revamps its Chicago Scene

Conway Farms Golf Club to Host 2013 BMW Championship

EVENTS


REGIONAL BUSINESS NEWS

 

Chicago Remains Top 10 in Global Cities Index

Revealed: Chicago's Digital Innovators Speak On Social Commerce

 
 
 

 

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