Business Ledger honors suburban companies for excellence

 
 
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  • Dominican University of River Forest's Jessica Mackinnon, Roberto Curci and Dave Aron accept their award at the Daily Herald Business Ledger Annual Awards for Business Excellence dinner on Thursday in Naperville.

    Dominican University of River Forest's Jessica Mackinnon, Roberto Curci and Dave Aron accept their award at the Daily Herald Business Ledger Annual Awards for Business Excellence dinner on Thursday in Naperville.

  • Eric Lundstrom, keynote speaker at the Daily Herald Business Ledger Annual Awards for the Business Excellence dinner, speaks to a packed house of business leaders on Thursday in Naperville.

      Eric Lundstrom, keynote speaker at the Daily Herald Business Ledger Annual Awards for the Business Excellence dinner, speaks to a packed house of business leaders on Thursday in Naperville. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Awards fill the table at the Daily Herald Business Ledger Annual Awards for Business Excellence dinner on Thursday in Naperville.

      Awards fill the table at the Daily Herald Business Ledger Annual Awards for Business Excellence dinner on Thursday in Naperville. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Eric Lundstrom, keynote speaker at the Daily Herald Business Ledger Annual Awards for the Business Excellence dinner, speaks with Rich Klicki, editor of the Business Ledger (right) and other guests on Thursday in Naperville.

      Eric Lundstrom, keynote speaker at the Daily Herald Business Ledger Annual Awards for the Business Excellence dinner, speaks with Rich Klicki, editor of the Business Ledger (right) and other guests on Thursday in Naperville. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Awards fill the table at the Daily Herald Business Ledger Annual Awards for Business Excellence dinner on Thursday in Naperville.

      Awards fill the table at the Daily Herald Business Ledger Annual Awards for Business Excellence dinner on Thursday in Naperville. Photos by Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • The Daily Herald Business Ledger Annual Awards for the Business Excellence dinner in Naperville on Thursday.

      The Daily Herald Business Ledger Annual Awards for the Business Excellence dinner in Naperville on Thursday. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Eric Lundstrom, keynote speaker at the Daily Herald Business Ledger Annual Awards for the Business Excellence dinner, speaks to a packed house of business award winners on Thursday in Naperville.

      Eric Lundstrom, keynote speaker at the Daily Herald Business Ledger Annual Awards for the Business Excellence dinner, speaks to a packed house of business award winners on Thursday in Naperville. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Sam and Corina Cross of Broad Street in Wilmette accept their award Thursday.

    Sam and Corina Cross of Broad Street in Wilmette accept their award Thursday.

  • John Gotschall of Coaching Financial Concepts of Des Plaines accepts his award at the Daily Herald Business Ledger Annual Awards for the Business Excellence dinner in Naperville on Thursday.

      John Gotschall of Coaching Financial Concepts of Des Plaines accepts his award at the Daily Herald Business Ledger Annual Awards for the Business Excellence dinner in Naperville on Thursday. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Victor Hernandez and Brian Mattey of Generation Painting in Lake Zurich accept their award at the Daily Herald Business Ledger Annual Awards for the Business Excellence dinner in Naperville on Thursday.

      Victor Hernandez and Brian Mattey of Generation Painting in Lake Zurich accept their award at the Daily Herald Business Ledger Annual Awards for the Business Excellence dinner in Naperville on Thursday. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Jeffrey Katz of Katz, Goldstein and Warren of Bannockburn accepts his award at the Daily Herald Business Ledger Annual Awards for the Business Excellence dinner in Naperville on Thursday.

      Jeffrey Katz of Katz, Goldstein and Warren of Bannockburn accepts his award at the Daily Herald Business Ledger Annual Awards for the Business Excellence dinner in Naperville on Thursday. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Jim and Cindy Cannella of Orange Home Services Heating and Cooling in Elburn accept their award at the Daily Herald Business Ledger Annual Awards for the Business Excellence dinner in Naperville on Thursday.

      Jim and Cindy Cannella of Orange Home Services Heating and Cooling in Elburn accept their award at the Daily Herald Business Ledger Annual Awards for the Business Excellence dinner in Naperville on Thursday. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Peter Lineal of Plum Grove

    Peter Lineal of Plum Grove

  • Jim and Gina Labuz of Mid States Glass & Metal of Niles accept their award.

    Jim and Gina Labuz of Mid States Glass & Metal of Niles accept their award.

Becoming an excellent business doesn't just happen -- it comes from hard work and overcoming numerous challenges.

That theme was the thread that wove through the 23 suburban companies and business organizations honored Thursday evening during the 29th Annual Awards for Business Excellence, presented by the Daily Herald Business Ledger and its sponsoring partners. Around 130 people attended the event at Northern Illinois University's Naperville campus to cheer on the honored businesses.

The AABEs are awarded to businesses and organizations in recognition of achievements, growth and community involvement. Companies are based in or have a significant presence in the suburbs. The honorees were selected among nominations submitted by their peers and selected by a panel of Daily Herald Business Ledger staff members.

Eric Lundstrom, founder and partner of Focus Capital Advisors in Downers Grove, spoke of the importance of focusing on planning and taking advantages of opportunities and ideas as keys for making a business grow and succeed.

"There's a little bit of luck," he said. "but it's good old fashioned hard work that makes a business excellent."

Lundstrom also stressed the need for finding a niche to capitalize on, as well as creating a winning culture. Above all, he added, is the need to never stop planning and looking for new ideas.

"Be an insatiable planner, look for ideas, and get people engaged," he added.

A number of the honorees noted that their business's excellence lies in their team approach.

John Gotschall, owner of Coaching Financial Concepts in Des Plaines, spoke of how he started his business experience as a paperboy, which taught him valuable lessons that have kept with him through his life. He also noted the importance for small businesses to work together to help each other succeed.

"We can't succeed if all of us don't succeed," Gotschall said.

Mike Lepper, general manager of Impact Networking in Lake Forest, also stressed the importance of having an excellent work culture.

"We wouldn't be here tonight if it weren't for the dedication of our employees," he said.

More details of the AABE honorees can be found online at dhbusinessledger.com and in the April issue of the Daily Herald Business Ledger, publishing April 22.

Presenting sponsors for this year's AABEs are B. Gunther & Company, Focus Capital Advisors and NIU Naperville MBA Program. Marketing partners are MRA-The Management Association and Small Business Advocacy Council.

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