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Who's eligible for Crain's 40 Under 40?
Anyone working in the Chicago area who will be 39 or younger as of Nov. 6, 2020.

I nominated someone last year. Can I nominate them again?
Yes, but only if they weren't chosen as an honoree. Previous honorees are not eligible.

What are the criteria?
We look for a cross-section of people from the wide range of industries we cover — technology, consumer products, real estate, health care, finance, etc. — who are proven leaders in their field.

How much does it cost to submit a nomination?
The fee is $199.

What's the deadline for nominations?
July 10, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. CDT.

Can I call you to make sure my nomination went through?
The nomination platform will confirm receipt of a completed submission. Please resist the urge to make follow-up calls or send emails.

Can I fax or mail in my nomination before then?
No. Only submissions that come to us via the online form will be accepted.

Can I call you to pitch my candidate?
No calls, please. Reporters will reach out to candidates once the nomination period closes.

Will I be informed if my nominee is NOT selected?
No. Only selected honorees will be informed in advance of publication of our annual 40 Under 40 issue.

When will honorees be notified?
On or before Sept. 20, 2020.

If I have not heard from Crain's by Sept. 20, does that mean my nominee was not selected?
Yes, that would be a fair assumption.

When does the story appear in print?
In print: Nov. 9, 2020. Online: Nov. 6, 2020.

May I see examples of who's been named a 40 Under 40 in previous years?
Sure. Go to ChicagoBusiness.com/40s to see the most recent list of honorees. Go to ChicagoBusiness.com/40archive to see a year-by-year list of all past honorees dating back to 1989.

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