2018 Awardees

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Corporate Champion Award
A corporate partner whose unwavering support of the WBDC enables us to fulfill our mission and fuel economic growth
BP America Inc.

 Foundation Champion Award
A foundation whose support has strengthened WBDC’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and increased our impact on women, minority, and veteran business owners
Polk Bros. Foundation

Government Champion Award
A public sector partner or public figure whose unwavering support of the WBDC enables us to fulfill our mission and fuel economic growth
Illinois State Toll Highway Authority

Deborah Sawyer Rising Star Award
A visionary business owner who leads the charge on creative, solution-oriented, and cutting-edge business processes and has been a certified WBE for under two years
Jeanette Chavarria-Torres, President, DCH Construction & Hauling, LLC

WBE Award
A business owner with a track record of outstanding success and dedication to supporting the WBDC and the entire WBE community
Stephanie Hickman, President & CEO, Trice Construction Company

 Future Forward Award
A visionary business entity and/or leader who has developed and implemented innovative ways to increase opportunities for diverse business owners
Jamie L. Rhee, Chief Procurement Officer, City of Chicago

 Veteran Entrepreneur Award
A veteran business owner who has been an innovative, successful entrepreneur and an exemplary advocate for the WBDC
Thomas Day, Invent2026

 Hedy M. Ratner and S. Carol Dougal Legacy Award
A woman entrepreneur or leader who has shown a longtime commitment to the mission of the WBDC and embodies the visionary and entrepreneurial spirit of the WBDC’s founders
Debra Jennings-Johnson and Sandra Rand

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