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On May 4, 2021, we will celebrate the 10th Annual Distinguished Entrepreneur of SW Florida, Distinguished Business Advocate, and Distinguished Innovator of the Year.


2019
Distinguished Entrepreneur:
Ryan Carter, Scotlynn USA Division
Innovator of the Year: Brian Rist, Storm Smart
Advocate of the Year: Rafael J. Feliciano, Food idea Group

2018
Distinguished Entrepreneur:
Scott Fischer, Scott Fischer Enterprises
Innovator of the Year: Jeff Poirer, AXI International
Advocate of the Year: Amanda Jaron, A. JARON Jewelry

2017
Distinguished Entrepreneur:
Dr. Aurora Badia, Florida Skin Care
Innovator of the Year: Dr. Guido Minaya, Minaya Global Learning
Advocate of the Year: Brian Rist, Storm Smart

2016
Distinguished Entrepreneur:
Chris Spiro, Spiro and Associates
Innovator of the Year: John Benkert, CPR Tools
Advocate of the Year: Judy Williams, Spada Day Spa and Salon

2015
Distinguished Entrepreneur: Gary K. Mart, Global Tech LED

2014
Distinguished Entrepreneur: Felix Lluberes, Position Logic

2013
Distinguished Entrepreneur: Pam Oakes, Pam’s Motor City

2012
Distinguished Entrepreneur: Norman Love, Norman Love Confections

DISTINGUISHED ENTREPRENEUR OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

Is a business owner who has demonstrated: Innovative and Cutting Edge Approaches to Corporate Culture, Employee Programs, and Integrated New Technologies; This owner sees beyond just SW Florida and offers goods or services across a broad area (local, regional, national, international). The distinguished entrepreneur is a multi-award recipient including industry, civic, other awards. This person is highly active in the community to advocate both small businesses as well as non-profits. They have overcome significant obstacles during the life of the company, and today, are a shining star and our 2018 Distinguished Entrepreneur of SW Florida.

SMALL BUSINESS ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR

Is a business owner who actively volunteers their time and resources throughout the SW Florida Community to inspire, encourage, and mentor other small business owners in helping them improve or grow their business(s). They are also recognized for their involvement in charity organizations and overall community giving which makes, SW Florida “The” place to live.

INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR

Is a business owner who has adopted or created their own new technologies or cutting-edge approaches to creating accelerated business growth and profits. This innovation is demonstrated in their products, services, employee programs, or internal processes and procedures, with the result being fast-tracked business success.

WILLIAM O. WEBB AWARD

Proceeds from the fund each year will be used to provide support to a small business owner in Southwest Florida who is working with the Small Business Development Center. The award will be made in the name of William O. Webb.

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The Florida SBDC Network is state Designated as Florida’s Principal Provider of Business Assistance [§ 288.001, Fla. Stat.] The FSBDC at FGCU is a member of the Florida SBDC Network, a statewide service network funded in part through cooperative agreements with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Defense Logistics Agency, State of Florida and other private and public partners; hosted by Florida Gulf Coast University; and nationally accredited by the Association of SBDCs. Florida SBDC services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Language assistance services are available for limited English proficient individuals. All opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA or other funding partners.


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