The Daily Herald Business Ledger won a number of awards Wednesday in the Inland Press Association's New Business Development contest.
The 2013 Business Ledger Corporate Event Planning & Meeting Guide won first place in the Special Sections Business/Industry category. The annual publication is a guide for corporate meeting and event planners, showcasing the suburban hospitality industry and providing information on local meeting sites, restaurants, hotels, caterers and resorts.
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It also provides information on trends in the industry and highlights unique features in specific regions of the suburbs.
"It is gratifying to see the staff's dedication recognized by the judges in the first-place finish of the Corporate Event Planning & Meeting Guide," said Business Ledger Editor Kim Mikus. "There is nothing like the upscale publication that serves the hospitality industry."
The Daily Herald Business Ledger placed second in the stand-alone publications category. The bimonthly magazine highlights success stories of suburban businesses and entrepreneurs, as well as focusing on the trends and issues that affect local industries. The Business Ledger has placed in this category each of the past four years.
The Business Ledger's awards and events program placed third in the Wild Card category. The Business Ledger hosts five award programs annually, including the Annual Awards for Business Excellence, Best Places to Work in Illinois, CFO of the Year, Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards and Influential Women in Business. In addition, it hosts six Newsmaker Forums that focus on the trends and issues affecting a specific industry and are attended by hundreds of local business executives.
"These three awards highlight the diversity of the Business Ledger -- print products, events, recognition awards," said Scott Stone, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Daily Herald Media Group. "I'm particularly pleased to see the staff's efforts on the Corporate Event Planning & Meeting Guide get recognized. It is the only comprehensive, upscale guide for event planners in suburban business community.
"Our reporters, editors and sales staff put in a lot of time to make it bigger and better every year. Obviously, they have succeeded again."
The contest honors original ideas and incentives that grow revenue from new or existing sources. The awards will be presented during Inland's New Business Development Conference Aug. 8 in Chicago. The association represents news media organizations from throughout North America.