2017-02-15 / Top News

Nominations open for Distinguished Entrepreneur of Southwest Florida

The Florida Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University is accepting nominations for the 2017 Distinguished Entrepreneur of Southwest Florida awards. Three awards — Distinguished Entrepreneur, Distinguished Small Business Advocate and Distinguished Innovator of the Year — will be presented in a ceremony May 10 at the Southwest Florida Performing Arts Center in Bonita Springs.

Area business owners who have overcome obstacles, discovered new technologies to help grow their business or dedicated themselves to helping other small businesses through mentorship and civic leadership are encouraged to submit applications. Self-nominations are permitted and encouraged.

Due to the confidentiality of information collected, all nominees, regardless of nomination source, are responsible for completing the application. March 31 is the deadline for applying.

The application process is online at www.fsbdcswfl.org.

Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co. P.A. is the hallmark sponsor of the awards; additional sponsorship opportunities are available. Tickets to the awards ceremony are $75.

The Florida Small Business Development Center at FGCU offers oneon one, confidential, no-cost consulting and low-cost workshops for businesses throughout Collier Lee, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. For more information, call Amanda Stirn at 745-3706 or email astirn@fgcu.edu. ¦

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