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Illinois Small Business Leaders to Receive SBA Regional Honors

Release Date: 
Friday, May 6, 2011
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Advisory Date: 
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
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Carol Wilkerson (312) 353-7327/(224) 330-5659

Regional Administrator Marianne Markowitz to recognize Elaine Krieger of Krieger Kiddie Corporation, Hedy Ratner and Carol Dougal of Women’s Business Development Center, Doris Symonds of T.A.L.K. and Jacob Elster and Taylor Monk of Crop to Cup

CHICAGO, IL – SBA Regional Administrator Marianne Markowitz will visit the state’s top small business leaders and recognize them with the 2011 Region V Small Business Awards. The Award acknowledges these businesses on their outstanding achievements on behalf of small businesses in Illinois and through the SBA’s Region V geographic area (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin).

“Our four regional winners from Illinois represent the best in their field. They continue to set an excellent example of hard work and dedication. I am looking forward to visit these businesses and on behalf of the Obama Administration acknowledge them on a job well done,” said SBA Regional Administrator Marianne Markowitz. “This Administration continues to support small businesses with legislation like the Small Business Jobs Act which is giving small businesses the tools they need to be successful, create jobs, and drive our economy forward.”

These outstanding Illinois winners include the following:

Entrepreneurial Success Award Winner—Elaine Krieger, Krieger Kiddie Corporation

Krieger Kiddie Corporation (which includes Clothes Mentor®, Plato’s Closet®, and Once Upon A Child®)—is a local retail chain of apparel resale stores that currently operates from 12 Chicagoland locations with projected 2011 store sales exceeding $10 million. Elaine is also this year’s National Entpreneurial Success Award Winner. She will also receive national recognition at his year’s National Small Business Week (May 16-20, 2011) during an award ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award—Hedy Ratner and Carol Dougal, Women’s Business Development Center

Since 1986, the mission of the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) has been to provide services and programs that support and accelerate the women’s business ownership and strengthen the impact of women owned businesses in the economy. WBDC fulfills this mission by delivering a comprehensive array of education, advocacy, certification, coaching and financial assistance services.

Women’s Business Champion of the Year—Doris Symonds, T.A.L.K.Teaching and Learning for Knowledge

Doris is a tireless advocate and mentor for women entrepreneurs in the Greater Peoria, Illinois area. Doris has dedicated her life to improving the chances of business success for women business owners. Doris’ boundless energy and devotion to women makes her a household name in the area of business mentorship.

SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year—Jacob Elster and Taylor Monk of Crop to Cup

Crop to Cup introduces modern methods for the sourcing and selling of ethical coffee, Crop to Cub Coffee imports coffee using technologies that help coffee farmers and cover lovers to connect over their common cup. The company established these supply-lines, and then engages in the sales and marketing of specialty coffee to wholesale roasters, retailers and distributors.

WHO: SBA Regional Administrator, Marianne Markowitz

WHEN: Wednesday, May 11

10:30 AM—Award Presentation and Business Tour
Elaine Krieger, Krieger Kiddie Corporation
ADDRESS: Clothes Mentor®, 582 South Route 59, Naperville, IL 60540
(South of Aurora Avenue / New York Street and opposite Fox Valley Mall)

4:00 PM—Award Presentation and Business Tour
Hedy Ratner and Carol Dougal, Women’s Business Development Center
ADDRESS: 8 South Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603

Thursday, May 12

12:30 PM—Award Presentation
Doris Symonds, T.A.L.K.—Teaching and Learning for Knowledge
ADDRESS: Commerce Bank, 7400 North Orange Prairie Road, Peoria, IL 61615

Friday, May 13

9:00 AM—Award Presentation and Business Tour
Jacob Elster and Taylor Monk of Crop to Cup
ADDRESS: 2023 W Carroll Avenue, Suite 401 Chicago, IL 60612

Editor’s Note: To request additional information on the winners or to schedule an interview at the respective business locations, please contact Carol Wilkerson at (312) 353-7327/ (224) 330-5659 carol.wilkerson@sba.gov.

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