Daily Herald Suburban Business honors local entrepreneurs

Thirteen local entrepreneurs were honored Thursday at the 24th annual Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards, hosted by the Daily Herald Suburban Business, in partnership with Innovation DuPage. Thank you to the following: Panduit; Sky Business Credit Union and NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners)

Honorees and the categories in which they were nominated are:

• Early Stage: Jo Colgiacomi - New Moon Vegan

• Growth: Michelle Mekky, Mekky Media Relations Inc.; Melissa Villanueva, Brewpoint; Rob Mueller, RIM Logistics.

• Innovation: Tony Beyer, Tek Pak, Inc.; Maggie Gerth, PROPS Luggage; Lance Rock, Audit Master Pro.

• Lifetime Achievement: Jeffery Mowery, Mowery & Schoenfeld, LLC.

• Outstanding Service to Entrepreneurs: Gina Diaz, Diaz Case Law.

• Regional Spirit: Heather Larson, Meet Chicago Northwest; Shian Jno-Lewis, Tidy Queens Corporation; Diana Melichar, Melichar Architects.

• Young Entrepreneurs (Under 40): Alex Behrens, Maple Leaf Coffee Roasters.

For more information about this event and its honorees, visit

The honorees will be profiled in the Oct. 29 issue of the Daily Herald Suburban Business.

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