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Seeking ‘40 Under Forty’

Published: Monday, Sept. 17, 2012 4:02 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Sept. 17, 2012 4:27 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — The Illinois Small Business Development Center is sponsoring a “40 Under Forty” program to recognize young adults who are making a difference in their communities.

Spokesperson Nancy Yundt said this is the second year for the local program, with 41 people honored last year for their leadership in their communities.

The criteria to be nominated for the “40 Under Forty” award is for the person to be 39 years or younger and a resident of Bureau, Putnam or LaSalle counties.

Applications are available through the Illinois Valley Community College website at the link to the Illinois Small Business Development Center.

The nominees do not have to be business owners but could also be employees who have made a positive impact on their companies and their communities, Yundt said. They could be people who volunteer in a wide range of outreaches, such as those who are volunteer firefighters or help with community programs.

“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, as well as a contribution to the region’s business, philanthropy and civic landscape,” Yundt said.

According to Yundt, the young people of the region are the future. The goal is to recognize young people and to keep them here, she said.

The deadline to receive all applications is Oct. 15. The “40 Under Forty” winners will be honored at a Nov. 8 reception at the Deer Park Country Club in Oglesby.

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