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SAVE THE DATE - Friday, October 13, 2017

Our next GACC Awards Gala will be held on October 13, 2017 at the InterContinental Magnificent Mile in Downtown Chicago.

Exhibit your innovative product, your unique services, or digital success to the nationwide GACC network and gain visibility as an award winner at the nationally recognized GACC Awards Gala. An independent jury will choose the winner of each category.

Apply for one of three prestigious awards:
 - Excellence in Digitalization
 - Excellence in Innovation
 - Excellence in Services

2017 Award Applications to be posted online: June 1, 2017. 

Official Application Deadline: July 31, 2017

 

Benefits of Winning a Prestigious GACC Award

Recognition at the GACC Awards Gala

  • Opportunity to present the company & excellence in services at the Awards Ceremony where 250+ executives of the German-American business community will be in attendance
  • Ongoing recognition at future GACC Awards Galas
  • Winners receive one complementary ticket or a 20% rebate on a full or half table reservation; applicants receive a 10% rebate on a full or half table
  • Winners receive a crystal award

Nationwide Recognition across all GACC Print & Digital Channels

  • Company profile published on all GACC websites and social media
  • Company featured in GACC newsletters across the U.S.
  • Announcement in the German American Trade (GAT) magazine
  • Recognition in GACC’s annual reports: GACC Midwest Report, GACC South Annual Report, and GACC NY Economic Yearbook

Recognition in U.S. and German Media

  • Press release announcing GACC Award Winners distributed to German and U.S. press

Eligibility for the “Excellence in Digitalization” Award

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

  • GACC Award Gala Participation: one representative from the winning company is required to participate in the GACC Awards Gala on October 13th in Chicago, IL to receive the award. The winner will receive one complementary ticket or a 20% rebate on a half or full table.

Eligibility for the “Excellence in Innovation” Award

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
  • GACC Award Gala Participation: one representative from the winning company is required to participate in the GACC Awards Gala on October 13th 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.

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

  • GACC Award Gala Participation: one representative from the winning company is required to participate in the GACC Awards Gala on October 13th 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 Requirements

Official award applications to be released online June 1, 2017

  1. Type your answers to Part A and Part B
  2. Complete the Application Form
  3. Return the full application to Kirsten Schmandt via email at schmandt(at)gaccmidwest.org

Submit the following documents:

  • Answers to Part A and Part B
  • Completed Application Form
  • Optional (but highly recommended): enclose any supporting documents, such as promotional materials, which may support the application

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

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, July 31, 2017 at 5:00 CST

Frequently Asked Questions

How many Award winners are selected?

  • Excellence in Services: One winner will be selected for this award
  • Excellence in Innovation: A total of 3 (three) winners will be selected; one from each GACC region: the Midwest, New York, and South
  • Excellence in Digitalization: One winner will be selected for this award

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 2017.

When will the winner be announced publicly?

  • The winner will be announced publicly in a press release by mid September 2017. 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: Friday, July 31, 2017 at 5:00 CST

Where do I return my completed application?

  • Return applications and supporting documents via email

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 2017 GACC Awards (online, print, and live event)
  • Prime seating to entertain your clients and teams
  • Customized packages available to help you achieve your marketing goals

Please find below the sponsorship Opportunities or the downloadable flyer on the right side.

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 2017 Industry Forum
  • Full page advertisement in the Gala Program
  • Plus all the benefits of the Gold Sponsorship Level

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)
  • Plus all the benefits of the Gold Sponsorship Level

Official Networking Reception Sponsor | $8,000 |

  • Recognition as Official Networking Reception Sponsor
  • Premium seating for a table of 8 (first row)
  • Opportunity to present the Gala Signature Cocktail
  • Logo on the cocktail napkins at the Reception
  • Plus all the benefits of the Gold Sponsorship Level

Gold Sponsor | $6,500 |

  • Prime seating for a table of 8
  • Logo presence in all pre-Gala marketing (print & digital) and throughout the duration of the Gala
  • ½ page advertisement in GACC Awards Gala 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-Gala marketing (print & digital) and throughout the duration of the Gala

Bronze Sponsor | $3,000 |

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

Making Melodies Sponsor | $4,000 |

  • Two (2) Gala seats
  • Associate your company with entertaining the guests
  • Company name announced by the band during the performance
  • Logo presence throughout the Gala on programs, screens, and table signage 

Magical Reception Sponsor | $3,900 | SOLD

Limited to one sponsor 

  • Two (2) Gala seats
  • The magician will entertain guests using your corporate giveaways* during the Networking Reception
  • Logo presence in all pre-Gala marketing (print & digital) and for the duration of the Gala

 

 

 

Red Carpet Backdrop Sponsor | $3,500 | SOLD

Limited to one sponsor

  • Two (2) Gala seats
  • Logo featured alongside the GACC logo on the most popular guest photo destination, the Red Carpet Backdrop
  • Logo presence in all pre-Gala marketing (print & digital) and for the duration of the Gala

 

 

Décor Sponsor | $3,500 |

Limited to one sponsor

  • Two (2) Gala seats
  • Make an impression as the exclusive Décor Sponsor
  • Logo integrated into the table centerpieces
  • Logo presence throughout the Gala on programs, screens, and table signage

 

 

Sights & Sounds Sponsor | $3,000 |

Two (2) Gala seats

  • Exclusive sponsor of a key contributor to the success and enjoyment of the Gala, Sound and Content
  • Logo presence throughout the Gala on programs, screens, and table signage 

 

 

Nachtisch (Dessert) Sponsor | $2,000 |

Limited to one sponsor 

  • Two (2) Gala seats
  • Exclusive sponsor of the Gala’s favorite, dessert
  • Logo incorporated into the design of the dessert
  • Distribute merchandising material to guests*
  • Logo presence throughout the Gala on programs, screens, and table signage 

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

 

 

Your idea here | tbd |

You have a creative idea that you don't see listed here?

Please contact us and we will help you to bring your idea to life at our GACC Awards Gala!

Sponsorship Add-Ons

Enhance your sponsorship

Enhance your sponsorship package by selecting any combination of the following Add-On items:

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 Gala Program

Multi-Event Sponsor (contact for pricing)

Customized packages available for the GACC Awards Gala + Christkindlmarket Chicago Preview Event 

More information coming soon!

Date: Friday, October 13, 2017

Time: 6:00 pm - 12:00 am

Details below:

5:45 pm - Registration

 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm - Networking Reception

 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm - Awards Dinner

10:00 pm - 12:00 am - Dancing

Location: InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile

Special Hotel rates:

Reserve a room at the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile in Downtown Chicago!

Due to other ongoing conferences and events, hotel prices are increasing. Book your room before these special prices end on September 13

  • Grand Tower Guest Room: $239
  • Executive Tower Guest Room: $284
  • Junior Suite in the Grand Tower: $299
  • One Bedroom Suite in the Executive Tower: $364

How to book:
Reserve online or call 1-800-628-2112  (312-944-4100 X 2 for international calls)

Group Name: GACC Awards Gala 2017 Room Block
Group Code: YO5

InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile
505 N Michigan Ave 
Chicago, IL 60611

Pictures Gala 2016

Digitalization Forum


The Fall Forum will be held on October 13 prior to the Gala from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. This year's topic will be Digitalization.

More information coming soon! 

Contact

Kirsten Schmandt
Manager, Events & Membership
Tel.: +1 (312) 494-2176
Email:schmandt(at)gaccmidwest.org