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 Orlando Saez Named to Newly-Formed Chicago Innovation Awards Board of Advisors

40 Local and Regional Leaders on the Inaugural Board Marking the Award�s 10th Year

CHICAGO� One of the State of Illinois' top advocates for entrepreneurs has been named to the inaugural Chicago Innovation Awards Board of Advisors. Orlando Saez, Deputy for Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Technology at the Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, will serve on the newly-formed board, a cross section of the Chicago region�s foremost business, education, government, and civic leaders.

�We want Illinois companies to win," said Saez. "The Chicago Innovation Awards is an important organization that helps feed the ecosystem by celebrating success, and in the process, provides invaluable market feedback from a large pool of emerging companies.�

�It is an established fact that innovation is the strongest new engine of the economy, and we are honored that Orlando Saez has joined us in the belief that it is important to recognize and celebrate the spirit of innovation that is surging in the Chicago region,� said Thomas D. Kuczmarski, who co-founded the Chicago Innovation Awards with long-time, prominent local journalist Dan Miller.

�We established the Chicago Innovation Awards ten years ago as a civic gesture to recognize the region�s most innovative new products and services in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors,� said Miller.  �The 40 members of our new Board of Advisors have agreed to join us in the work of deepening understanding of the astonishing array of innovation in the Chicago region.�

A complete list of members is available at

The Chicago Innovation Awards were established in 2002 and have grown each year, with more than 330 nominees considered for the 2010 Awards.  What began as a one-evening event is now a series of events that brings together thousands of innovators with those who support them.