Each January, BDC members and community leaders gather together to attend our annual membership meeting. Attendees enjoy a complimentary breakfast and have an opportunity to meet and greet fellow members and elected officials. The meeting's agenda includes a review of the city's economic development successes over the past year as well as a look ahead into the coming year. Newly elected board members are installed and the organization's Annual Report is distributed. Additionally, the BDC presents the President's Award, the George W. Ashby Award for Businesses Excellence and recognition awards for business owners who improved their businesses or properties through the TIF program.
The President's Award
Each year this award is given to an individual whose hard work and accomplishments exemplify the mission and spirit of the BDC and contribute to the Berwyn community. This year's award was given to Jousef Mondragon, who has been instrumental in the work of the Latino Business Outreach Commission.
Pictured: BDC President Jon Fey presents the President's award to Jousef Mondragon.
George W. Ashby Award for Business Excellence
This award, named after one of Berwyn's early architects, is given to a Berwyn-based business that presents a professional and favorable image to Berwyn, provides quality of goods or services, maintains a visually appealing space and practices high quality customer service to its patrons. Paisans Pizzeria and Bar received the 2012 award. Opened in 2011, this new pizzeria and bar was an adaptive re-use of a vacant warehouse into a destination restaurant. Paisans is known for its unique d√©cor, well rounded menu, great customer service and support for community organizations and events.
Pictured: Pete and Julie Fejzuloski are presented the Ashby Award by BDC President Jon Fey.
Twenty-one recognition plaques were given to business owners who invested in their properties with the assistance of TIF in 2012. These businesses included:
- Big Guys Sausage Stand
- Bounce Sportsplex
- Capri Ristorante
- Chipotle Mexican Grill
- Collision Centers of America
- Commodore Barry American Legion Post #256
- J.K. Patel, MD
- Five Guys Burgers & Fries
- JD Byrider
- Jelly Jam Restaurant
- Luigi Gattuso
- Meijer Marketplace
- Michael Anthony's Pizzeria & Bar
- Off the Traxx
- Paleteria La Real Gourmet, Inc.
- Play N Trade
- Reel Art Collectibles
- Riddles Comedy Club
- Verizon Wireless
- The Vitamin Shoppe
- Wing Boss