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Hoffman Estates chamber honors excellence in business

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  • Keith Evans of the Key Financial Insurance Agency of South Barrington, center, talks with the Georgeanna Mehr from Hoffman Estates Community Bank and Jeff Miller from Divine Signs and Graphics at the second annual Celebration of Excellence in Hoffman Estates on Thursday. The bank won the President's Award later in the night.

       Keith Evans of the Key Financial Insurance Agency of South Barrington, center, talks with the Georgeanna Mehr from Hoffman Estates Community Bank and Jeff Miller from Divine Signs and Graphics at the second annual Celebration of Excellence in Hoffman Estates on Thursday. The bank won the President's Award later in the night.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Volunteer of the Year nominees Linda Dressler, left, from ACM Reality in Hoffman Estates and Becky Jahnke of the Edward Jones Group share a laugh at the second annual Celebration of Excellence in Hoffman Estates on Thursday. Jahnke went on to win the Volunteer of the Year award later in the night.

       Volunteer of the Year nominees Linda Dressler, left, from ACM Reality in Hoffman Estates and Becky Jahnke of the Edward Jones Group share a laugh at the second annual Celebration of Excellence in Hoffman Estates on Thursday. Jahnke went on to win the Volunteer of the Year award later in the night.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

 
 

Local businesses were honored Thursday night at the Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce's second annual Celebration of Excellence.

About 135 people attended the event at the Stonegate Conference and Banquet Centre. Village Trustee and 2012 chamber treasurer Karen Mills said everybody seemed to be having a really good time.

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"It's a good way to honor our members and the stars of our chamber," she said.

Residents were invited to vote for their favorite nominees online, said Cheri Sisson, the chamber's executive director. She said there was a total of about 700 votes.

Award winners included Chicago Marriott Northwest for Business of the Year; Schaumburg Township Public Library for Public Sector Partner of the Year; dentist Michael Lovda for Small Office/Home Office of the Year; financial adviser Becky Jahnke for Volunteer of the Year; and Hoffman Estates Community Bank for the President's Award.

Hoffman Estates Community Bank President Georgeanna Mehr is the past chair of the chamber's board directors and said the chamber has been a great advocate for businesses in Hoffman Estates.

"We opened our first branch in 2001, and the chamber was my door to getting familiar with the community and the businesses," she said. "I'm just so pleased to be a part of it and support it."

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