TAMPA, Fla., Jan. 31, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ernst & Young LLP is calling for nominations for the 27th Annual Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards, recognized as one of the most prestigious business award programs in the country. The deadline for applications is March 8, 2013, with the Florida Awards ceremony scheduled for June 13, 2013 at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach.
"Entrepreneurs continue to be a driving force in leading the economic recovery. Their ability to see around corners and find new, better ways of doing things makes them an engine of growth," said Greg Rosica, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Florida program partner. "The search is on for new award recipients to build on the momentum from our 27-year history celebrating entrepreneurship."
Each year, Ernst & Young showcases successful entrepreneurs from more than 140 cities in 50 countries. In 2012, 14 entrepreneurs leading Florida companies were selected as Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award recipients. These were:
West Central Florida:
Last year, more than 600 entrepreneurs from across the nation were selected as Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award finalists from more than 1,700 nominations. Research compiled from these companies, which together employ nearly 700,000 workers, affirms that these innovative, expansion-oriented entrepreneurs continue to grow impressively, achieving the following between 2009 and 2011:
Award recipients are selected in a number of industry categories by a panel of independent judges, including previous award recipients, CEOs and private capital investors and other regional business leaders. Entrepreneurs may nominate themselves or be nominated by peers and other business leaders.
Some of the previous Florida award recipients include:
Past national award recipients have included Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, Arthur M. Blank of AMB Group, LLC (Home Depot, Atlanta Falcons), Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc., Ruth Fertel of Ruth's Chris Steak House, Maxine Clark of Build-a-Bear, Tom Adams of Rosetta Stone, Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn, and 2012 winner Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of Chobani.
The Entrepreneur Of The Year Program honors entrepreneurs regionally in June. All regional honorees are then invited to the national Entrepreneur Of The Year gala on Nov. 17, 2013 in Palm Springs, Calif. The gala is the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation's most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. For more information on the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, please visit www.ey.com/us/strategicgrowthforum.
The overall national U.S. award recipient will go on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year title in Monaco in June 2014.
As part of Ernst & Young's commitment to advising, guiding and honoring entrepreneurs, the organization sponsors two additional programs designed to distinguish entrepreneurial success and achievement.
For the second year, Ernst & Young is recognizing family business entrepreneurs -- leaders of outstanding entrepreneurial families with a culture and tradition of successfully balancing business and family issues -- through the Family Business Award of Excellence. More information on this program may also be found at www.ey.com/us/eoy.
In addition, beginning Jan. 28, 2013, Ernst & Young will open nominations for its 2013 Entrepreneurial Winning Women program, a national competition and leadership initiative that identifies and connects a select group of women entrepreneurs with the advisors, resources and insights they need to scale their businesses and become market leaders. For more information on the program, visit www.ey.com/us/entrepreneurialwinningwomen.
Entrepreneurs eligible for consideration include not only company founders, but also leaders of multi-generation family businesses and transformational public and private company CEOs. Additionally, the nominee's company must be at least three years old (two years old for Emerging category nominees). Self-nominations are encouraged, and there is no fee. The deadline for nominations is March 8, 2013.
For information on the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards please visit www.ey.com/us/florida_eoy. To nominate a candidate, please visit: https://eoy-nomination.ey.com/LoginManagement/Welcome.aspx.
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Florida platinum sponsors include Carlton Fields, Fifth Third Bank and Tribridge; silver sponsor RFB Communications Group and media sponsor Smart Business Network.
For more information about the program, please contact Beverly Eha, Ernst & Young Florida program manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ey.com/us/florida_EOY. Information is also available at www.ey.com/us/eoy.
About Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year
Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 140 cities in 50 countries.
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