2017-03-16 / Business Briefs

Nominations open for Distinguished Entrepreneur awards

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

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 welcome.

Judges for the 2017 awards are: Phil Borchmann, editor of Gulfshore Business Magazine; Timothy Cartwright, managing director of Compass Advisory Group; Tiffany Esposito, president and CEO of the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce and executive director of the Bonita Springs Estero Economic Development Council; Karen Ramos, business specialist with the City of Cape Coral Economic Development Office; and Christopher Spiro, CEO and chief creative officer of Spiro & Associates.

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. Find out more and apply 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. The center is a member of the statewide SBDC network that is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

For more information, call Amanda Stirn at 745-3706 or email astirn@fgcu.edu. ¦

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