Tag: Maywood Chamber of Commerce

Maywood Chamber Awards Scholarships To College Bound Students

Friday, May 17, 2019 || By Shanel Romain || @maywoodnews

Featured image: Maywood Chamber of Commerce Chairman Tom Engoren and Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins pose with scholarship winners at Meal of the Day Cafe in Maywood on May 15. | Shanel Romain

Just a year ago, Leidy Rivas, 18, was living alone in Guatemala. Now she’s poised to attend Triton College in the fall.

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Go Big Accounting Named Business of the Month for July


Vena Nelson (center holding certificate), with village officials and Cintas officials during the July 19 Small Business Resource Reception held at Cintas. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

During our July Small Business Resource Reception held July 19 at Cintas, 1201 St. Charles Rd. in Maywood, we presented Go Big Accounting with our first-ever Small Business of the Month Award.

Go Big Accounting, which is helmed by Vena Nelson, offers tax preparation and consulting services that are tailored for the needs of burgeoning businesses, particularly those located in minority communities.

Earlier this month, we asked members of the Maywood and Bellwood Chambers of Commerce, in addition to village officials in Maywood and Bellwood to nominate small businesses who deserve our inaugural Small Business of the Month Award for July.


Go Big Accounting accountant Jerald Cowan, left of center, with (from left to right): Maywood Village Manager Willie Norfleet, Jr., Maywood Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Edwin Walker IV and Bellwood Chamber of Commerce President Chris Parker. 

Three businesses (in addition to Go Big) made the final three, with T&JJ’s Supreme Steaks & Catering Services in Maywood and Kopy Kat Printing Inc. in Bellwood rounded out the finalists.

Those three businesses merited the most robust and energetic responses from nominators and were passed through to the final round of voting. The voting tally is below:

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We want to congratulate all three finalists and, in particular, Go Big Accounting for winning this month’s inaugural award. The business will receive a feature article in our August print issue, as well as free digital and print advertising. They’ll also receive a window decal with the award logo.

But we encourage readers to reward them with something that’s even more important — your business, because they’ve earned it.

If you believe that a small business in Bellwood, Broadview, Maywood, Melrose Park or Stone Park deserves to be recognized as VFP’s Small Business of the Month for August, feel free to nominate them by sending your name, affiliation, the name and address of the business, and why you believe they should be nominated (in 2-5 sentences) to: thevillagefreepress@gmail.com. VFP

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Area Chambers of Commerce Install New Officials, Give Awards and Scholarships


Newly installed officers of the Bellwood, Broadview and Maywood Chambers of Commerce during a June 7 awards and scholarship banquet. | Below, Chris Kennedy, the night’s keynote speaker. || Michael Romain/VFP

Chris Kennedy.jpgSaturday, June 10, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews

New officers of the Bellwood, Broadview and Maywood Chambers of Commerce were installed during a June 7 ceremony at Proviso West High School, 4701 W. Harrison St. in Hillside.

This year marked the first time that all three chambers came together to host the event, formally called the 2017 Annual Awards & Scholarship Banquet. Illinois gubernatorial candidate and businessman Chris Kennedy was the keynote speaker.

The following directors and officers were installed during the June 7 service:

Bellwood Officers

  • President | Christopher Parker, Pan American Bank & Trust
  • Vice President | Arnetta Watkins, Travel with Netta (TWN)
  • Treasurer | Lee Werner, L.E. Werner and Associates, Inc.

Bellwood Directors 

  • Carl Williams, Millenium IV Realty/LegalShield
  • Dawood Burhani, Jamali Kopy Kat Printing, Inc.
  • Dr. Marta Alvarado, Westlake Hospital
  • Lillian Paschal, LegalShield
  • Mary Badger, LegalShield/Go Small Biz
  • Siraj Bhanpuri, Broadview True Value
  • Theodore Steiskal, Memorial Park District
  • Jacqueline Spratt, Bellwood Public Library
  • Jacqueline Walton, Jacqueline Walton Agency, Inc.
  • Demetrios Walton, Family Affair Entertainment
  • Pam Lawrence (pastor), M.E.C.A. Christian School
  • Earlene Dotson, Symone’s Catering
  • Marth Williams, Board Secretary

Maywood Directors 

  • Cory L. Foster, ComEd
  • Stan D. Huntington, Maywood Public Library
  • Amanda A. Turner, Ph.D., Triton College
  • Jennifer L. Koehler, Loyola University Health System
  • Karen A. Yarbrough, Hathaway Insurance Agency
  • Tom Engoren, Chairman

Broadview Officers

  • President | Gerald Davis, GRD Realty, Inc.
  • Vice President | Kevin McGrier, 640 Credit Repair
  • Treasurer | Dorothy Brown, Seaway Bank
  • Secretary | Roberta Corvo, Midtown Carpet Service
  • Broadview Directors
  • Jim Mullins, Mullins Food Products
  • Keisha Hester, Broadview Public Library
  • Siraj Bhanpuri, True Value Hardware Store
  • Sir Richard Montalbano, Montalbano Furniture Factory

The following students received Chamber of Commerce scholarships:

$1,500 Annual Scholarship Award 

  • LeRayah Neely-Brown, Proviso Math and Science Academy
  • Michael Preston, Proviso East High School
  • Reena Murphy, Walther Christian Academy

$1,000 Annual Scholarship Award

  • Arterrya Edmond, Tennessee State University
  • Courtney Johnson, Southern Illinois University

The following individuals received awards from the Bellwood Chamber of Commerce:

  • Business of the Year | ComEd
  • Community Leadership | Bellwood Police Department
  • Civic Person of the Year | Willie Hall
  • Distinguished Service | Former Mayor Frank A. Pasquale & Clerk Lena Moreland

The following individuals received awards from the Maywood Chamber of Commerce:

  • Community Service | Michael Romain
  • Business of the Year | Seaway Supply Chain
  • Person of the Year | Dan Perkins
  • Distinguished Service | James Whitehead

The following individuals received awards from the Broadview Chamber of Commerce:

  • Civic Leader of the Year | Mayor Katrina R. Thompson
  • Community Leader of the Year | Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch
  • Businessman of the Year | Siraj Bhanpuri

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