Platinum Sponsors

Car Sponsor

Official Networking Reception Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Magical Reception Sponsor

Nachtisch Dessert Sponsor

Peter Schallmoser
Senior Vice President

Wine Sponsor

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New Concept, New Venue, New Connections

On Friday, October 19, 2018 we celebrated the Chamber’s accomplishments alongside the 2018 Award Winners with an ode to German-American fusion and partnership.

This special signature event was part of "Wunderbar together", the Year of German-American Friendship. We thank all attendees for joining this extraordinary night of forging excellent connections!

View the 2018 Award Winners

 

 

Date, Venue & Registration

Friday, October 19, 2018

6:00 PM - 12:00 AM


19 East
19 E 21st St
Chicago, IL 60616

Nearby parking

Nearby hotels

Ticket prices: 
$395 for members
$475 for non-members

Program

Date: Friday, October 19, 2018

Time: 6:00 pm - 12:00 am

Venue:
19 East
19 East 21st Street 
Chicago, IL 60616

Cost: $395 for members, $475 for non-members

Detailed Schedule:

  6:00 pm -
7:00 pm

          

Registration & Official Networking
Sponsored by HARIBO of America, Inc.

7:00 pm -
 7:30 pm

Awards Ceremony

7:30 pm -
9:50 pm


Dinner & Dessert
Dessert Sponsored by Merrill Lynch
Peter Schallmoser
Senior Vice President

10:00 pm -
12:00 am


Networking & Dancing


Attire
: black tie optional

 

New in 2018

Join us at this year's revamped German American Business Awards on October 19, 2018! This year's new venue and format provides ample opportunity to make connections, enjoy an intimate dinner with a German-American twist, while also celebrating the 2018 Award Winners



      

The Venue

Our annual member favorite has moved to a new venue, 19 East, which boasts three different event spaces suitable for seamless transitions in the programming and ample space for a new format.



 

The Format

The new event venue enables the event to flow seamlessly from one room to another.

Begin the evening networking with an open bar in the Alumina Room. Then join us in celebrating the 2018 Award Winners with a champagne toast in the Bridgestone Room, followed by an intimate dinner in the Commonwealth Room. Cap-off the evening making connections, enjoying an open bar, and dancing the night away to a live band.



The Awards

This year, apprentices from our member companies, Hermle Machine Company and Heidenhain, teamed up to create these unique awards that will be presented to this year's winners.

Join us in celebrating the successes of the 2018 Award Winners and this year's apprentices!



The Signature Cocktail

Cheers to an evening filled with excellent conversation and a splendid meal all while enjoying the evening's signature cocktail provided by the Official Networking Sponsor, HARIBO.



The Raffle

Feeling lucky? Guests will have the opportunity to win one of four hand-selected raffle items. Raffle tickets will be available throughout the duration of the networking reception and the winners will be announced at the end of dinner. Must be present to win.

Available Raffle Items:

  • Signed BVB Soccer Jersey - signed by the team
  • Signed Schweinsteiger Chicago Fire Jersey
  • TeaGschwendner Gift Basket & Private Tea Tasting
  • ABUS Bike Lock & Laptop Bag

 

 

 

Awards

Our 2018 Winners

Our 2018 Winners

We are excited to announce the winners of our 2018 German American Business Awards. All three companies have demonstrated excellence and outstanding accomplishments in transatlantic business. Please join us in congratulating the 2018 winners:

 

Excellence in Digitalization

Excellence in Innovation

Excellence in
Services


 

This year, apprentices of our member companies Hermle Machine Company and Heidenhain worked together to create unique awards for our 2018 winners:


“German subsidiaries add substantial value to the US economy by delivering high quality products, technologies, and services. We are proud to honor companies which advance industries, provide jobs, and generate economic growth both in Germany and the US ,” says Mark Tomkins, President & CEO, GACC Midwest. Please read more about the winners in our press release.

Eligibility for the “Excellence in Digitalization” Award

Companies with digital success stories may apply for the “Excellence in Digitalization” Award.

Digital success stories may include new, digital ways to connect with customers, the development of digital products or services, implementing digital technologies (i.e. 3D printing, robots, etc.) or processes within the company, utilization of big data, an entirely new digital business model, etc.

All applicants and nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • German Ownership: parent company must be headquartered in Germany with a U.S. subsidiary

  • GACC Membership: the U.S. subsidiary must be a member of GACC Midwest, GACC NY, and/or GACC South

  • German American Business Awards Participation: one representative from the winning company is required to participate in the German American Business Awards on October 19th in Chicago, IL to receive the award. The winner will receive one complementary ticket or a 20% rebate on a half or full table.

Please Note: Award nominees must consent to be nominated prior to application submission.

Application Deadline: Closed for 2018

Eligibility for the “Excellence in Innovation” Award

Companies with an innovative mindset that have developed an innovative product or business model, or excelled in other innovative ways can apply for the “Excellence in Innovation” Award.

All applicants and nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • German Ownership: parent company must be headquartered in Germany with a U.S. subsidiary
  • GACC Membership: the U.S. subsidiary must be a member of GACC Midwest, GACC NY, and/or GACC South
  • German American Business Awards Participation: one representative from the winning company is required to participate in the German American Business Awards on October 19th in Chicago, IL to receive the award. The winner will receive one complementary ticket or a 20% rebate on a half or full table.

Please Note: Award nominees must consent to be nominated prior to application submission.

Application Deadline: Closed for 2018

Eligibility for the “Excellence in Services” Award

Service providers who have offered outstanding services of great value to the German-American business community may apply. 

Services may include: accounting, business and intercultural consulting, legal advice, logistics, marketing translations, and more.

All applicants and nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • German-American Business Relationships: Company must have established German-American business relationships (i.e. doing business and/or has clients in Germany and the U.S. though it is not necessary to have offices in both markets)

  • GACC Membership: the company must be a member of GACC Midwest, GACC NY, and/or GACC South

  • German American Business Awards Participation: one representative from the winning company is required to participate in the German American Business Awards on October 19th in Chicago, IL to receive the award. The winner will receive one complementary ticket or a 20% rebate on a half or full table.

Please Note: Award nominees must consent to be nominated prior to application submission.

Application Deadline: Closed for 2018

Application Requirements

The submission period for 2018 Award Applications has passed.

Steps to Apply:

  1. Download the application for the Award you would like to apply for
  2. Complete answers to Part A and Part B
  3. Completed the attached Application Form
  4. Enclose any supporting documents, such as promotional materials, which may support the application (optional, but highly recommended)
  5. Return the full application via email to Heather Broberg at broberg(at)gaccmidwest.org no later than August 27, 2018 

Please Note: Applications and nominations cannot be withdrawn after being received.

Application Deadline: Closed for 2018

Frequently Asked Questions

How many Award winners are selected?

  • One winner will be selected for each award category: Excellence in Digitalization, Excellence in Innovation, and Excellence in Services.

Who will determine winners?

  • An independent jury panel from the GACC community will select the winner.

How will the winner be notified?

  • The winner will be notified by email or telephone by mid-September 2018.

When will the winner be announced publicly?

  • The winner will be announced publicly in a press release by mid September 2018. The press release will be shared with the winning company prior to release for approval.

What is the application deadline?

  • All applications and nominations must be received by: Monday, August 27, 2018 at 5:00 CST.

Where do I return my completed application?

Sponsorship Opportunities

Maximum Brand Exposure for Your Business

  • Align your brand with the very best in the German-American business community
  • Receive nationwide visibility and recognition as a proud sponsor of the 2018 German American Business Awards (opportunities for online, print, and live event)
  • Prime seating to entertain your clients and team
  • Customized packages available to help you achieve your marketing goals

Please find below the available sponsorship opportunities or the downloadable sponsorship flyer on the right-hand side for more information.

Official Grand Experience Sponsor | $12,000 |

  • Recognition as Official Grand Experience Sponsor
  • Premium seating for a table of 8 (first row)
  • Opportunity to give a 3-5 minute welcome speech (content to be approved by GACC Midwest)
  • Two (2) tickets to the 2018 Digitalization Forum
  • Full page advertisement in the Awards Program
  • Logo presence in all pre-event marketing (print & digital) and throughout the duration of the event
  • Full advertisement in the Awards Program
  • 3-month logo presence on GACC Midwest website
  • Premium exhibit space during the Networking Reception

Exclusive Car Brand Sponsor | $12,000 | SOLD

  • Recognition as Exclusive Car Brand Sponsor
  • Prime seating for a table of 8
  • Presentation of one car (size and setup to be discussed)
  • Logo presence in all pre-event marketing (print & digital) and throughout the duration of the event
  • 1/2 page advertisement in the Awards Program
  • 3-month logo presence on GACC Midwest website
  • Premium exhibit space during the Networking Reception

Official Networking Reception Sponsor | $8,000 | SOLD

  • Recognition as Official Networking Reception Sponsor
  • Premium seating for a table of 8 (first row)
  • Opportunity to present the Signature Cocktail
  • Logo on the cocktail napkins at the Networking Reception
  • Logo presence in all pre-event marketing (print & digital) and throughout the duration of the event
  • 1/2 page advertisement in the Awards Program
  • 3-month logo presence on GACC Midwest website
  • Premium exhibit space during the Networking Reception

Gold Sponsor | $6,500 |

  • Premium seating for a table of 8
  • Logo presence in all pre-event marketing (print & digital) and throughout the duration of the event
  • ½ page advertisement in the Awards Program
  • 3-month logo presence on GACC Midwest website
  • Premium exhibit space during the Networking Reception

Silver Sponsor | $4,500 |

  • Prime seating for a table of 8
  • Logo presence in all pre-event marketing (print & digital) and throughout the duration of the event

Bronze Sponsor | $3,000 |

  • Prime seating for a table of 4
  • Logo presence in all pre-event marketing (print & digital) and throughout the duration of the event

Making Melodies Sponsor | $4,000 |

  • Two (2) tickets to the German American Business Awards
  • Associate your company with entertaining the guests
  • Company name announced by the band during the performance
  • Logo presence throughout the event on programs, screens, and table signage 

Magical Reception Sponsor | $3,900 | SOLD

Limited to one sponsor 

  • Two (2) tickets to the German American Business Awards
  • The magician will entertain guests using your corporate giveaways* during the Networking Reception
  • Logo presence in all pre-event marketing (print & digital) and for the duration of the event

 

 

 

Red Carpet Backdrop Sponsor | $3,500 | SOLD

Limited to one sponsor

  • Two (2) tickets to the German American Business Awards
  • Logo featured alongside the GACC logo on the most popular guest photo destination, the Red Carpet Backdrop
  • Logo presence in all pre-event marketing (print & digital) and for the duration of the event

 

 

Décor Sponsor | $3,500 |

Limited to one sponsor

  • Two (2) tickets to the German American Business Awards
  • Make an impression as the exclusive Décor Sponsor
  • Logo integrated into the table centerpieces
  • Logo presence throughout the event on programs, screens, and table signage

 

 

Sights & Sounds Sponsor | $3,000 |

  • Two (2) tickets to the German American Business Awards
  • Exclusive sponsor of a key contributor to the success and enjoyment of the event, Sound and Content
  • Logo presence throughout the event on programs, screens, and table signage 

 

 

Nachtisch (Dessert) Sponsor | $2,000 | SOLD

Limited to one sponsor

  • Two (2) tickets to the German American Business Awards
  • Exclusive sponsor of the guests' favorite, dessert
  • Logo incorporated into the design of the dessert
  • Distribute merchandising material to guests*
  • Logo presence throughout the event on programs, screens, and table signage 

*Placement of and type of merchandising material are subject to the approval of GACC Midwest

 

 

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Have a creative sponsorship idea you would like to propose?

Bring your idea to life - Contact us today!

Sponsorship Add-Ons

Enhance Your Sponsorship

Grow your potential - add any of the following combination of items to your sponsorship package or sponsor them on its own! 

Gift Bag + Gift Sponsor | $1,000 |

Limited to one sponsor

  • Gift bag given to all guests with your gift of choice* (bag provided by sponsor) 

*Placement of and type of merchandising material and giveaways are subject to the approval of GACC Midwest 

Gift Giveaway Sponsor | $750 |

  • Your gift of choice** to be given away in the gift bag provided by the Gift Bag + Gift Sponsor 

**Gift bags and/or giveaways are subject to the approval of GACC Midwest

Program Sponsor | $750 |

  • Full page color advertisement in the Awards Program

Multi-Event Sponsor (contact for pricing)

Get maximum exposure for your business and receive special discounts on a combined package for sponsoring multiple events! 

Any combination of events can include but is not limited to:

For more information about a customized multi-event package, contact Heather Broberg

Take a Look at Pictures from this Year's Awards Event (Oct. 19, 2018)

Contact

Heather Broberg
Senior Manager, Membership Development & Engagement
Tel.: +1 (312) 585-8325
E-Mail: broberg(at)gaccmidwest.org