“Small Businesses of the Year” honored by Naperville Chamber

Small businesses are becoming a larger and larger part of our economy, especially here in Illinois. Recently, the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the 16th annual Small Businesses of the Year (SBY) Award Dinner.

The dinner was held at the Wyndham Lisle-Chicago Hotel & Executive Meeting Center. The Master of Ceremonies position was held by Kevin Colbert, who was assisted by magician and comedian Blake Grigsby.

“Small Businesses of the Year” honored by Naperville ChamberNaperville Chamber’s SPY award is considered the highest entrepreneurial honor. The ceremony is held each spring and is the business community’s way of bringing attention to incredible hard work and accomplishments among Chamber members.
The SBY is divided into six categories each year, consisting of Business to Business, Business to Consumer, Emerging Business, Not-for-Profit, Professional, and Retail. Awards are determined by nominations made by members of the Chamber. When their nominations are submitted and finalized, the winners of the award are chosen by the blue-ribbon committee, which consists of the last year’s winners.

This year, Naperville Dental Specialists & General Oral Health Care was named as the Small Business of the Year.

Furthermore, the honor of the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award was given to the Anderson family of entrepreneurs. Their family has been working in Naperville since the 1870s. Their first business was W. W. Wickel Pharmacy, which eventually became Oswald’s. Oswald’s is still a thriving business today. The Andersons opened Paperback Paradise, now Anderson’s Bookshop, back in 1964, which is also currently thriving.

More recently, the Andersons opened Two Doors East. Two Doors East features many Naperville novelties and gifts.
The current Anderson generation running the various independent businesses consists of Tres, Bill, Becky, and Peter. In the Anderson family, the entrepreneurship and ownership tradition has been passed down from generation to generation.

Small, privately owned businesses are still making a lasting impact on our economy and our community. If you feel that this may be a direction in which you’d like to go, contact an Illinois business attorney to answer any questions and walk you through the process.