LBRA Honors Congressman Danny K. Davis with Business Community Service Award

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Newly formed non-profit business organization, Lawndale Business Renaissance Association, recognized Congressman Davis’ support of the revitalization of Chicago’s West Side business community.

LBRA Honors Congressman Danny K.  Davis

Congressman Danny K. Davis with Jim Buik and E. Bernard Jennings of LBRA.

Lawndale Business Renaissance Association (LBRA) is pleased to announced that is has presented Congressman Danny K. Davis of the U.S. 7th Congressional District from Illinois with its Business Community Service Award. LBRA recognized Davis during a meeting of more than 40 area companies in late October for his support in revitalizing Chicago’s West Side business community. The congressman played a vital role in assisting with the founding of LBRA, a newly formed 501(c) (3) organization.

During the meeting, LBRA executive director, E. Bernard Jennings acknowledged Jim Buik of the Roscoe Company, Tom Glass of Able Electropolishing, Eric Lindsay of American Family Insurance, and Gary Birnbaum of Charter Steel Trading for their outstanding support in the formation of LBRA. Jennings also awarded these members with the Donald Buik-Sam Flowers Visionary Award. This award is named honor of two businessmen and community activists who championed LBRA’s founding predecessor in the 1960s. Valerie Jennings was presented with the Volunteer of the Year Award for her support and involvement in the founding of LBRA.

LBRA currently features 35 member companies, with current members representing more than $1 billion in aggregate annual sales and employing more than 6,000 individuals. The organization aims to have a direct economic impact on the revitalization of a blighted area that was once a major manufacturing hub in Chicago, which housed such companies as Sears, Sunbeam and Western Electric.

The association provides businesses with a variety of assistance, including business license issues, zoning, city services, business certifications, small business improvement funds, and more. For more information on LBRA or to join and strengthen their support of this revitalization ideology, please visit

About the Lawndale Business Renaissance Association
The Lawndale Business Renaissance Association (LBRA) takes on the task of revitalizing the areas industrial and commercial businesses. This is being accomplished by helping to bring new businesses; working to retain businesses and helping them grow through assistance in use of economic development programs and incentives. The re-growth of business in the area has a direct impact upon job creation. The outcome of this is a Lawndale Business Renaissance leading to a healthier and vibrant community.

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