Outstanding Business Awards

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The Sycamore Chamber annually recognizes exceptional Chamber Member Businesses and Organizations. The four awards are; Outstanding Business of the Year, Outstanding Small Business, Discover Diamond and Chamber Champion. These awards are given out at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting in January, in front of over 350 community business people.

“DeKalb Sycamore Chevrolet GMC Buick Cadillac was named the Chamber’s 2018 Outstanding Business of the Year”

DeKalb Sycamore Chevrolet GMC Buick Cadillac clearly exemplifies the definition of the Sycamore Chamber’s Outstanding Business of the Year award. This award is given to a member business that demonstrates integrity in the way they do business, positively influences the economic vitality of our community, employs over 31 individuals, and shows passion for the Sycamore community. Since the day they opened their doors in Sycamore they have dedicated themselves to making Sycamore a great place to live and work.

DeKalb Sycamore Chevrolet GMC Buick Cadillac has supported various community organizations since it moved to Sycamore in 2012. They host a DeKalb County First Responder Lunch once a month, contribute money from its annual car show to Wounded Worriers, host a safe trick or treat in October that draws over 1000 children for the area, they contribute time and money to Sycamore Schools, donate to Sycamore Girls Softball, and contribute to many of our local non-profits, just to name a few. And more recently they donated a minivan to Safe Passage.

Ryan Gilleland, executive general manager for the dealership at 1925 Mercantile Drive in Sycamore, accepted the award on behalf of the dealership. “I will do anything possible for the community that has done so much for us,” Gilleland said.

“They are an integral business partner and resource for us at the Sycamore Chamber. Besides their strong involvement and support of Sycamore Businesses, they also contribute and support many of our non-profits and community organizations,” said Chamber Executive Director Rose Treml.

Past Recipients include: Opportunity House, HyVee, Auto Meter Products, KishHealth System, NB&T, Driv-Lok, Inc., American Midwest Bank, Kishwaukee YMCA, The Suter Company, Castle Bank, Ideal Industries.

“Tom & Jerry’s of Sycamore Featuring Catering by Diann receives the Chamber’s 2019 Small Business of the Year Award”

Tom & Jerry’s of Sycamore Featuring Catering by Diann has been an indispensable resource for the community and the Chamber since 2002 when Diann Beaulieu bought the restaurant. She and her team have helped to fundraise and support many of our non-profits, including; Opportunity House, Hope Haven, Sycamore Youth Softball, Special Olympics, as well as monthly
“no cook” nights for many other community organizations.

This award honors member businesses that historically demonstrate outstanding contributions to our community,
has less than 31 employees, and helps to make Sycamore a great place to live, work and play.

“Diann and her team at Tom & Jerry’s undoubtedly embody the spirit of Sycamore and are an essential partner for the Chamber as well as our community,” said RoseMarie Treml, executive director. They are always available when the Chamber needs them. They get things accomplished quickly and effortlessly, which has been a huge asset to us,“ added Treml.

Past Recipients include: Taxco Restaurant Too, Culver’s of Sycamore, Pay It Forward House, Blumen Gardens, Kar-Fre Flowers, B95/WDKB Radio, Banner Up Signs, Sweet Earth, Sycamore State Theatre, DeKalb County Farm Bureau, and Barnaby Complete Printing.

“MorningStar Media Honored as the Chamber’s 2019 ’Champion’ ”

For over 38 years MorningStar Media has driven growth and profit for their client partners with a powerful combination of marketing tools. One of those partners being the Sycamore Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber Champion honors those member businesses that have a track record of involvement and outstanding contributions to the Sycamore Chamber. These businesses also contribute greatly to the Sycamore Chamber’s mission of making Sycamore a premier place to live.

Every year they donate over 500 hours of work toward our area non-profits. MorningStar Media has built long lasting community and business relationships in Sycamore.

“It is this type of commitment and spirit that helps us, as a Chamber of Commerce, be an indispensable partner to all of our members and our community,” RoseMarie Treml, Executive Director of the Sycamore Chamber.

Past Recipients include: The Suter Company, Illinois Community Credit Union, Illinois Army National Guard, NIU, Kishwaukee College, Sycamore Park District, Taxco Restaurant, Old Second Bank, Driv-Lok, Inc., KishHealth System, American National Bank of DeKalb County.

“DeKalb County Forest Preserve and the Sycamore Forest Preserve Receive the Chamber’s 2019 Discover Diamond Award”

The Discover Diamond Award is given to a Sycamore Chamber Member that has made significant improvement(s) to their business or business location that truly benefits the entire Sycamore community.

The DeKalb County Forest Preserve District recently celebrated the opening of the Sycamore Forest Preserve. This sixty-acre preserve at 955 East State Street in Sycamore, is now a beautiful, purposeful green space where residents and visitors will enjoy for years. The revitalization was made possible through the vision of the County Board, City of Sycamore Officials, and the County
Forest Preserve. The Preserve is the trailhead of the Great Western Trail, with hiking and cross-country ski trails, picnic areas, a fishing pond and two shelter houses.

Past Recipients include: ICCU, Resource Bank, DCCF, Sycamore Library, DeKalb Sycamore Chevrolet Cadillac GMC, Chapel in the Pines, The City of Sycamore, Auto Meter Products Inc., Upstaging, Blumen Gardens, and Kishwaukee Community Hospital.