Business Hall of Fame

The men and women who have built successful businesses throughout Vermilion County’s history very often are also working behind the scenes to help the community grow; they are involved in community activities and organizations focused on improving the lives of the people who live here.  It is the men and women who have reached a level of success in business, yet have also given their time, talent and funds to build the county who are honored in the Vermilion County Business Hall of Fame, housed at the Vermilion County Museum.

Nominations from the public that have been received are reviewed by a special committee that then selects those who will be inducted during a private ceremony for friends and family of the inductees.  Following the ceremony, the Vermilion County Business Hall of Fame and the stories of those honored is accessible to the public during regular museum hours.

Those who are selected to be recognized hold a significant place in the business history and economic development of our Vermilion County community.  The individuals who are honored in the Business Hall of Fame were/are trail blazers who have worked hard to establish and build their businesses.  But these honorees did so much more, investing their time, talent, and resources to build a stronger Vermilion County community.  Each one of the individuals selected to be honored have touched countless lives in ways most residents of the county will never realize.

The display cabinet was built by Th. Snyder and the interactive computer monitor was supplied by DTI Solutions.  Sponsors of the project are Neuhoff Media, Danville Commercial-News, and Vermilion Advantage.

Please take time to consider a successful businessman or woman you may want to nominate to the Vermilion County Business Hall of Fame.  Nominations are accepted throughout the year.

You can access the nomination form here.

You can link to the stories of the inductees below.

Please return your completed form to Tinisha Spain, Vermilion Advantage, 15 N. Walnut Street or email to  If you have questions, please contact us at 217-442-6201.