Distinguished Entrepreneur 2015FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) is now accepting nominations for its 4th annual Distinguished Entrepreneur Award, which recognizes a small to mid-sized Southwest Florida business for its overall success. Applications will be accepted until March 31. The winner will be selected by a judge’s panel of community business leaders.

This year’s event builds on the success of the three previously held Distinguished Entrepreneur Awards. The 2014 award honored Southwest Florida Business entrepreneur, Felix Lluberes of Position Logic, a RACO Wireless Company.

The 2015 Distinguished Entrepreneur award will be presented on Wednesday, May 19 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa, Bonita Springs. Tickets for the Distinguished Entrepreneur Award and Dinner are $125 per person.

“Southwest Florida has shown that it loves to come together to recognize the business community for its achievements,” said Dan Regelski, Regional Director of the FSBDC. “The FSBD continues to build this exciting new tradition and showcase the many successes of our local entrepreneurs.”

Distinguished Entrepreneur 2015

Community members are encouraged to nominate a local business from the five-county area (Collier, Lee, Glades, Hendry and Charlotte) that has been in business for three or more years, displays a high level of overall success and is able to demonstrate their innovations, achievements and local impact.

Distinguished Entrepreneur 2015

Title sponsor for the event for the fourth year is Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co.  Additional sponsors include Gulfshore Business, Norman Love Confections, DIY Motor City, Photo Magic, First Florida Integrity Bank, and Norman Love Confections. Sponsorship opportunities are now available at multiple levels.

Distinguished Entrepreneur 2015Nomination rules and eligibility as well as sponsorship information and opportunities are online at www.fsbdcswfl.org or contact the FSBDC at (239) 745-3700 or Dan Regelski directly at (239) 745-3705, or dregelsk@fgcu.edu. 

The FSBDC at FGCU offers one-on-one, confidential, no-cost consulting and low-cost workshops for businesses throughout Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. It is designated by the state as Florida’s principal provider of business assistance.