If you are a Southwest Florida business owner, who has overcome obstacles, discovered new technologies to help grow your business, or dedicated yourself to helping other small businesses through mentorship and civic leadership, you may be the 2016 Distinguished Entrepreneur of Southwest Florida Awardee. Additional awards this year include Distinguished Small Business Advocate and Distinguished Innovator of the Year. There are prizes including radio time, press coverage, and much more for the three awardees.  The application deadline is March 31, 2016. Find our more and apply online www.fsbdcswfl.org/de2016The awards ceremony will be held on May 18, 2016 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Harborside Event Center in Fort Myers.  Sponsorship opportunities are still available.   Contact Amanda Stirn by email at astirn@fgcu.edu or by phone (239) 745-3706 for more information. The event is sponsored by Title Sponsor, Markham Norton Mosteller Wright and Co. P.A. and Media Sponsor, Gulfshore Business Magazine.