The Mattoon economy is dependent on small business to thrive and prosper. Small businesses contribute to our local economy by bringing growth and innovation to the community. Small businesses attract talent who invent new products or implement new solutions for existing ideas. Larger businesses often benefit from small businesses within the local community, as many large corporations depend on small businesses for the completion of various business functions through outsourcing. Small businesses also invest and volunteer in the community’s social service agencies, civic functions and events. The Mattoon Chamber is seeking recognition for a small business that exemplifies all of these virtues.


  1. Any small business with less than 100 employees that have their home office located in Mattoon, IL.
  2. This award is intended to recognize and celebrate the great business achievements and community involvement of a local small business.
  3. The small business to be recognized should also have been of benefit to the community or to society in general.
  4. The small business’s accomplishments do not need to be confined to a single year but should be recent enough to have current significance.

Small Business of the Year 2018