Wednesday, July 30, 2014

BMO Harris Bank Center Receives 2014 Illinois Excellence Award

Rockford, IL (July 30, 2014) - The Rockford Area Venues and Entertainment Authority (RAVE) board announced today that the BMO Harris Bank Center has been selected for the 2014 Illinois Excellence Award by the United States Trade and Commerce Research Institute (USTCRI) in the Excellence in Sports and Recreation category.

“The RAVE Board is excited that the BMO Harris Bank Center has been recognized by the United States Trade and Commerce Research Institute,” said Craig Thomas, RAVE Chairman. “The BMO Harris Bank Center is an extremely valuable asset and we will continue to pursue and schedule great events and acts at the venue for our community.”

Each year the USTCRI conducts business surveys and industry research to identify companies that have achieved demonstrable success in their local business environment and industry category. BMO Harris Bank Center has been recognized as having enhanced the commitment and contribution of small businesses through service to its customers and community.

The BMO Harris Bank Center is managed by SMG, the world leader in venue management, and has consistently demonstrated a high regard for upholding business ethics and company values. This recognition by USTCRI marks a significant achievement for the BMO Harris Bank Center as an emerging leader and for setting benchmarks that others within the industry should follow.

As part of the industry research and business surveys, various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to select recognized companies in each category. This research is part of an exhaustive process that encapsulates a yearlong immersion in the business climate of Illinois.

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The USTCRI is a leading authority on researching, evaluating and recognizing companies across a wide spectrum of industries that meet its stringent standards of excellence. It has spearheaded the idea of independent enterprise and entrepreneurial growth allowing businesses of all sizes to be recognized locally and encouraged globally.

Particular emphasis is given to meeting and exceeding industry benchmarks for customer service, product quality and ethical practices. Industry leading standards and practices have been developed and implementation of the same has been pioneered by the dedicated efforts of the business community and commerce leadership.