The Small Business Development Center has recently released the names of the 40 of the region’s top entrepreneurs and intraprenuers.

This year’s class of 40 Under Forty honorees will join a highly-respected group that includes previous winners.

All honoree nominations were accompanied by letters of recommendation from nominators that know the honoree from employment or volunteer organizations. Nominees are 39 years old or younger as of December 31, 2014, live or work in Bureau, La Salle, Marshall, or Putnam Counties. The honorees are involved in their communities and show the potential to be a leader in the business community during the next decade.

In November of 2011, the Illinois Small Business Development Center showcased the region’s first class of the next generation of movers and shakers, many of whom have risen to leadership positions in the community today.

Class of 2014

Previous Winners



40 Under Forty Class of 2014

40 Under Forty Class of 2014 will be listed in early September. Please be sure to like our Facebook page, as we will post the names there first.

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We have opened up the nominations for the 40 Under Forty Class of 2014.


Lets get the Party Started!!  We will be hosting our 40 Under Forty event on Thursday Oct. 2, 2014, and this will be our 4th Annual 40 Under Forty and NOW we are asking for your help to identify the Class of 2014.

You can help us by nominating names of young leaders, and we will identify the 40 names and release the names in September.  Who you can nominate? Individuals that are living and working to make their communities, companies, and organization better for the future. Individuals come from diverse backgrounds of education and employment;  these individuals might be:

--active and leading non profit organizations

--seeking new opportunities to educate or teach

--started their own business or organization

--active on a city or county board

--problems solvers for your community, company, or organization





1.     They must be 39 years or younger as of 12-31- 2014 and at least 21 years old as of 7-1-2014

2.    Provide a concise statement why your nominee should be showcased.

3.    Include valid email address and phone number.

4.   Nominees must reside or work in Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, or Putnam County.

5. 40 Under Forty Alumni are ineligible. (See the link below)

6.    Submit nominations by 5:00 P.M. Central time Friday August 15, 2014***


 We need the nomination form filled out in entirety.  Honorees are selected solely on information in the nomination forms. Please take the time to provide detailed responses. Incomplete forms will NOT be reviewed and will eliminate your nominee. All nominees will be asked to complete a second form which will ask them additional questions and confirm qualifications. Incomplete forms will not be considered. Alumni are not eligible. Here is the list of:  

40 Under Forty Alumni

**Only submissions that come to us via the online form below will be accepted. We receive  many nominations every year, please resist the urge to call or email us to see if we received your nomination.



And finally, we want to show our gratitude to the nominators who make 40-Under Forty a huge success by inviting you to this exclusive event!  Please include your contact information. 

If you have any questions, please contact Gina Czubachowski 815-224-0526; gina_czubachowski@ivcc.edu


You can now read about the Class of 2013 "40 Under Forty!"   Biographies of the Class 2013


  Biographies of the Class 2012

Biographies of the Class 2011

40 Under Forty

    We are looking for a diverse, highly educated group of entrepreneurs and professionals all choosing to make a commitment to the quality of life and economic development of this region and a contribution to the regions business, philanthropic, and civic landscape. Regionally, the LaSalle, Bureau, and Putnam County area is a great place to live and work because of the strong tradition of community involvement and leadership roles this young group has stepped into. 


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