Patrick Hughes and Jonathan Perman at the 1st Annual Mash-up. Photo by Evanston Photographic Studio s

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Earlier this month the Evanston Chamber of Commerce hosted what they hope will become an annual event – a business “mash-up” with members of the business and the Northwestern University community.

Chamber president Steve Hagerty said the term “mash-up” was originally used “by computer geeks to explain the focusing of different kinds of data into a single presentation. … [A]t least for tonight, I believe the best way to describe a mash-up is … an event that draws a diverse set of businesspeople and their ideas to learn and actively collaborate with an eye toward action.”

The hoped-for action, Chamber leaders said, is an enhancement of the collegial spirit between Northwestern University and the Evanston business community. Patrick Hughes, one of the co-chairs, said, “We are so proud of the elevated cooperation between Northwestern and the City of Evanston. … Tonight the mash-up will highlight these accomplishments but will also provide direction for local businesses to become better connected to the entrepreneurial spirit which is lifting Evanston and making our community more competitive in the face of economic challenges.”

Awards went to Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and Northwestern president Morton Shapiro (the Catalyst award), to Marvin Klein and Warren Weisberg of Portion Pac (Business of the Year award) and to Chuck Happ of the Technology Innovation Center (Next Generation award).

Carol Moseley-Braun, former U.S. Senator and likely candidate for mayor of Chicago, and Gaye Van Den Homberg, president of Winning Workplaces, facilitated a dialogue on business development.