Ms. T’s Southern Fried Chicken is the grand prize winner of our 2018 It Pays to Bank Local Contest. The award was presented today to Ms. Tia Tanner at her restaurant, Ms. T’s Southern Fried Chicken, at 3343 North Broadway, Chicago.
“I’m thrilled to be chosen for this award!” said Tia Tanner, owner of Ms. T’s Southern Fried Chicken. “It means so much to me that members of my community have recognized my hard work and dedication to this business and have supported me with such a strong following. I am so thankful to Byline Bank for making this opportunity possible — this award will help me in more ways than I ever thought possible. Thanks to everyone who helped me win, and keep on coming to Ms. T’s Southern Fried Chicken!”
In July, our It Pays to Bank Local Contest launched to find Chicagoland’s favorite small business and award them a $10,000 prize. The contest was promoted on our website and through a variety of print and digital advertising including a city-wide campaign on Chicago Transit Authority buses, `L’ trains, and at `L’ stations.
“The goal of the contest was to learn more about and to engage with our neighbors in the communities around Chicagoland, while supporting small businesses in our city,” said Erin O’Neill, Vice President, Director of Marketing of Byline Bank. “We’re hoping this will become an annual contest that local businesses can look forward to entering and sharing with their friends and families in the years to come.”
The contest launched with an open nomination period, in which anyone could nominate a qualifying small Chicagoland business, on or before July 25, to be considered. Our panel of contest judges reviewed all the entries to pick the top 25 contestants who had the most compelling nomination and providing the most support to their local community as determined by the judges. The contest opened for voting on August 10, to help us pick the Top 10 finalists, who were announced on September 7, and then the top 5 on September 21.
“The entries and contestants were incredible,” said Erin O’Neill. “It was really inspiring to see so many small businesses thriving and generating such loyalty and interest from their customers and communities.” When the final round concluded, Ms. T’s Southern Fried Chicken emerged as the final contest winner after the final round of voting closed on October 10.