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Batavia Chamber of Commerce to Honor Businesses Who Exemplify Confidence and Investment in Batavia a
Batavia Chamber member Michelle ‘Mike’ Burke named Ambassador of the Year; all will be honored at the Inspire 2021 event in May.
Batavia, Ill. – January 21, 2021 – Today, seven Batavia businesses were named recipients of the 2020 Ole Award. Businesses who had final city permits by September 1, 2020 were eligible. One other business will receive a Green Ole Award, the second year for this award.
Additionally, Michelle (Mike) Burke was named Ambassador of the Year for the Batavia Chamber of Commerce. All recipients will be honored at the Inspire 2021: A Celebration of Those Who Inspire Us! event, tentatively scheduled for Thursday, May 20.
A committee of Batavia Chamber members, along with representation from the City of Batavia and Batavia Chamber staff, evaluate all Batavia businesses who meet the final permit timing qualifications. If no one on the committee is familiar with the improvements and/or new construction, a visit to the candidate is made, along with qualifying conversations. After deliberation, the committee selects those businesses whose investment and confidence in Batavia stands out as the year’s Ole Award winners.
The Ole honorees for 2020 and the appropriate category for their award are:
- New Construction – Industrial: Cratos, LLC., builder, 1850 E. Fabyan Parkway
- Remodeling – Industrial: Cast Aluminum Solutions Research and Development Technical Center, 1250 Douglas Road
- Remodeling – Industrial: Midwest Industrial Funds/Second City Prints, 1020 Olympic Drive
- Remodeling – Industrial: SD Wheel, 1300 S. River Street
- New Construction – Commercial: The Boardwalk Shops (City of Batavia and Batavia MainStreet), 114 E. Wilson Street
- Remodeling – Commercial: Oak & Swine, 107 E. Wilson Street
- Remodeling – Commercial: Six + Cypress, 103 E. Wilson Street
The Batavia Environmental Commission selects the recipient of The Green Ole Award. Businesses that improved water quality and water conservation, were energy conscious, promoted healthy ecology, were more sustainable in their waste management, improved air quality and/or educated employees were encouraged to apply and showcase the work they are doing to make Batavia more eco-friendly. This year's recipient is GreenSeed Contract Packaging at 1025 Paramount Parkway.
The company creates flexible packaging that requires less water to manufacture. According to Emma Cole, Batavia Environmental Commission member, "Finding ways to reduce waste and responsibly meet packaging needs is a huge piece of the sustainability puzzle. GreenSeed is committed to thinking differently and helping solve the problem of single-use packaging through advancing compostable packaging technology, policy changes, and working with their clients on each project so packaging is individualized and less wasteful."
Ambassador of the Year
Batavia citizen Michelle ‘Mike’ Burke was named as the Ambassador of the Year for 2020. In a year when many of the Chamber’s events were cancelled or moved online, Mike set herself apart by attending as many events as she could to welcome new members and help them to connect with other members.
Besides being engaged with the Chamber, Mike is an active member and the president of the Batavia Women’s Club. She also serves on the Batavia Parks Foundation board and is a past major supporter of Batavia Youth Baseball and many other organizations supporting the vitality and strength of Batavia.
The public, per CDC guidelines, will be invited to attend Inspire 2021 and honor the current generation of hard-working Batavia business owners. Tentatively scheduled for Thursday, May 20, details have not been finalized.
The awards presentation of the Citizen of the Year, Robert ‘Bob’ Hansen; Spirit of Batavia, Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry and Clothes Closet; Batavia Community Impact Award honorees, Taking Care of Our Caretakers and Batavia Peace Rally on June 3, 2020; Ole Award winners, and the Ambassador of the Year will take place at the event.
For more information about any of these awards or the event, please call Margaret Perreault, president and CEO of the Batavia Chamber of Commerce, or Patti Anselme, special events coordinator, at (630) 879-7134. Sponsorship opportunities are available for the annual signature celebration for the chamber.
About the Ole Awards:
The Ole Award is an award started in 1976 by a group of people who had a love and passion for their community and wanted to promote the City of Batavia. The Ole Awards are given to businesses for a significant improvement and investment either for new construction or for remodel in Batavia. Winners of this award are ones whose investment enhances the city’s economic and aesthetic futures and provides interest and excitement for the entire community through investing dollars in their properties and buildings. The Ole Award derives its name from a traditional Swedish name, Ole, to honor the hard-working Swedish settlers that were among the first to call Batavia home.
About the Batavia Environmental Commission (BEC):
The mission of the Batavia Environmental Commission is to fulfill the role of environmental advisor, educator and motivator to city government and the community at large. The environmental commission is comprised of seven members and two city liaisons appointed by the mayor. To keep up to date, visit them on Facebook: Facebook.com/BataviaEnvironmentalCommission.
About Batavia Chamber of Commerce:
A local business-centered organization, the Batavia Chamber of Commerce sponsors or is involved with several annual Batavia events, including the Annual Mayor’s Breakfast, Citizen of the Year/Ole Awards Event, and much more. The president and CEO is Margaret Perreault. Membership and information about upcoming Batavia Chamber and community events are available online at bataviachamber.org or by calling (630) 879-7134.