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Business leaders ‘mash up’ next week

Carol Moseley Braun

A former U.S. senator and the head of an Evanston-based non-profit that helps small businesses improve their workplace culture will be among the speakers at Evanston’s first Business Mash Up event on Wednesday, Sept. 15.

The event, sponsored by the Evanston Chamber of Commerce, will be held at Northwestern University’s north beach starting at 5:30 p.m.

A former U.S. senator and the head of an Evanston-based non-profit that helps small businesses improve their workplace culture will be among the speakers at Evanston’s first Business Mash Up event on Wednesday, Sept. 15.

The event, sponsored by the Evanston Chamber of Commerce, will be held at Northwestern University’s north beach starting at 5:30 p.m.

Carol Moseley Braun, the former Illinois senator and ambassador to New Zealand who now runs a fair-trade food business called Ambassador Organics, and Gaye van den Hombergh, the president of Winning Workplaces, will participate in a mash up dialog intended to bring new ideas to the participants. 

Event co-chair Patrick Hughes, president of Inclusion Solutions, says, “We need to communicate with one another on an on-going basis. The mash up is a first step in bringing businesses together for meaningful dialogue. As a group we need to shape, inform and define what we believe the business community can and should do right now."

In addition to food and entertainment, the event will also feature three new awards, intended to be presented annually.

The Evanston Catalyst Award for business or community leaders who forge new relationships and partnerships for positive growth will go to Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro and Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl.

The Business of the Year Award will go to Marvin Klein and Warren Weisberg of Portion Pac honors a business that invests significantly in human capital through best-practice human resource management resulting in a workplace that is respectful, profitable and transforming.

The Next Generation Award recognizes the next generation of business leaders. It will be presented to Chuck Happ who leads the Evanston Technology Innovation Center, in particular for his dedication to youth.

The cost of the event is $125 per person. More information is available online or by calling the chamber of commerce at 847-328-1500.

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