How to Win $50K

03/06/2019 5:30 PM
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
WeWork - Green Street, 220 N. Green Street , Chicago, IL, 60607

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce in partnership with WeWork is offering a series of free information sessions about the 8th Annual James Tyree Emerging Business Leadership Award. Join us to learn about the application process and hear from past winners on how the award has opened doors for their businesses.

The James Tyree Award recognizes an inspiring small business leader who has excelled in business while making a lasting impact in their community. This award is in memory of James Tyree, former Chairman and CEO of Mesirow Financial and Chairman of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, who was not only an exceptional business leader, but also dedicated to civic engagement serving on numerous civic and non-profit boards throughout his esteemed career.

The Chamber partners with Mesirow Financial and CIBC to provide the award’s $50,000 prize, which will be awarded at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting in June.

The March 6th session will feature 2016 James Tyree Award Recipient, Sophie Evanoff, President of Vanille Patisserie. Sophie is responsible for business planning, new product development, sales and marketing. During her tenure, she has doubled Vanille from two to four locations. Her most recent patisserie opened at Harper Court in Hyde Park joining locations in Lincoln Park, Lakeview and the Chicago French Market.

Sophie has been recognized as an innovator and has proven she can make change happen. As such, she is a sought after public speaker and panelist. In 2018, she was a panelist at a Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce “Sharing Success: Women in Business” panel and networking breakfast, at a Wintrust “Women’s History Month” event,“League of Superwomen” networking and panel series event and presented at the Professional Women’s Club of Chicago’s signature luncheon speaker series. With a focus on growth, quality and customer satisfaction, Sophie was awarded The 2016 James Tyree Emerging Business Leadership Award, the first female awardee. A dedicated and active entrepreneur, Sophie is also an Alumna of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, which has helped her expand her business and brand across multiple Chicago locations. In 2015, Vanille was awarded, #1 Retailer of Lincoln Park, Chicago. Vanille has also been recognized as one of the best bakeries in America by Time Out Magazine.

To learn more about the Tyree Award click here.

Can't make it to this event? Click one of the links below to register for one of the additional sessions in this series.

Wednesday, February 20th (515 N. State Street) REGISTER HERE
Thursday, February 21st (125 S. Clark Street) REGISTER HERE
Wednesday, March 6th (220 N. Green Street) REGISTER HERE

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