The 5th Annual 2016 Distinguished Entrepreneur of SW Florida Awards – Nominations Now Open

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FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) will host its 2016 Distinguished Entrepreneur of SWFL Awards and Ceremony event on Wednesday, May 18 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Harborside Event Center, 1375 Monroe St., Fort Myers. Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company, P.A., is the Title Sponsor for the event.

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Former TV News Anchor Stacey Adams will be the evening’s master of ceremonies. Individual tickets are $75.

star-partial-blue-cmyk.jpgThe Florida SBDC is currently accepting nominations for the awards and there are several sponsorship opportunities. This year’s celebration will feature two new awards in addition to the Distinguished Entrepreneur of SWFL. The new awards include Distinguished Business Advocate of the Year and Distinguished Business Innovator of the Year. Nominations are open from Feb.1 through March 31.  The application is processed online; details, qualifications and instructions, including tickets, are available at

Additional thanks is extended to Bruce Vanderlaan and Thomas Cornwell for supplying part of the award package perk, which is air time on the “Ask the Expert” radio station on 97.3 FM, 1240 AM, and 1270 AM.

Judges for this year’s awards include: Phil Borchmann, Editor of Gulfshore Business Magazine; Dorothy Browning, Program Manager of Community Education with Goodwill Industries of SWFL; Timothy J. Cartwright, Managing Director of Compass Advisory Group; Colleen DePasquale, Executive Director of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce; and Gary K. Mart, 2015 Distinguished Entrepreneur of SWFL Recipient and CEO of Global Tech LED.

Thank You Judges!

All nominees will be invited to a VIP reception, scheduled for April 7 at FGCU Lutgert College of Business to celebrate their nominations and business successes.

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.

For more nomination information, contact Amanda Stirn, marketing director, at, or (239)745-3706. Contact Theresa Ayers, or by phone (239)628-0127 regarding sponsorship questions.