Ernst & Young LLP is pleased to announce the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Northeast Ohio finalists. This group of outstanding entrepreneurs was selected by an independent judging panel made up of previous winners of the award, leading CEOs, private capital investors and other regional business leaders. The winners will be revealed at a gala event on June 16, 2011 at Playhouse Square.
“These finalists create jobs in our area, encouraging community development and innovation in our broader economy,” said Lee Thomas, Ernst & Young Partner and Entrepreneur Of The Year Northeast Ohio Program Director. “No matter who wins on June 16, we know one thing for sure – Northeast Ohio is enriched by every one of these finalists.”
The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 Northeast Ohio finalists are:
ACS Industries, Inc.
Advance Payroll Funding, Ltd.
Associated Estates Realty Corporation
Bravo Wellness, LLC
Collection Auto Group
Fathom Online Marketing
Frontline International, Inc.
Greater Cleveland Sports Commission
Hospice of the Western Reserve
Kenan Advantage Group
Lorain County Community College
OrthoHelix Surgical Designs, Inc.
Preformed Line Products
C. Kevin McComas
Remington Products Company
Safe for Home Products, LLC
Sandridge Food Corporation
The Ancora Group
The Will-Burt Company
The Entrepreneur Of The Year Program honors entrepreneurs regionally in June, leading up to the national awards in November. Additionally, venture-backed companies that win an Entrepreneur Of The Year Award regionally are also eligible for the Entrepreneur Of The Year Venture Capital Award of Excellence on a national level. The overall National US winner then moves on to compete for the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in June.
This year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program celebrates its 25th anniversary. The program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 140 cities and more than 50 countries throughout the world. Awards are given to entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
All regional honorees are invited to the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala, hosted by Jay Leno, on November 12, 2011, in Palm Springs, California. 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, which will be held November 9–13, 2011. For more information on the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, please visit http://www.ey.com/us/strategicgrowthforum.
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are pleased to have the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation as a national sponsor.
In Northeast Ohio, sponsors include Charter One, McDonald Hopkins LLC, and Smart Business Network.
To make reservations for the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards gala on June 16, 2011, contact Susan Snyder of Ernst & Young at +1 216 583 1334 or firstname.lastname@example.org by June 1, 2011. Tickets are $200 per person or $1,800 for seating for 10. For more information about the program, please visit ey.com/us/neo_eoy.
About Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year
Ernst & Young 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 more than 50 countries.
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