Distinguished Entrepreneur of Southwest Florida 2016 Award Winners Announced

Spiro and AssociatesFORT MYERS, Fla. – The Florida SBDC (FSBDC) at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) announces Christopher T. Spiro, owner and CEO of Spiro and Associates, Brand Architects ® was awarded the Distinguished Entrepreneur of Southwest Florida.  The award recognizes a small- to mid-sized Southwest Florida business for its outstanding success.  Additionally, as part of the award, Spiro has been nominated by the FSBDC as the Small Business Administration, (SBA) Small Business Person of the Year 2017 (learn more here about the SBA Award).

This year, two new awards were presented by the FSBDC.  John Benkert, CEO of CPR Tools was awarded Distinguished Business Innovator of the Year, for his commitment to the development of technological advances in the field of data recovery.  Judy Williams, owner of SPADA Day Salon and Spa, was awarded Business Advocate of the Year for her dedication and contributions invested back into the Southwest Florida non-profit community.

TMarkhamhe Distinguished Entrepreneur of Southwest Florida awards ceremony was made possible by Title Sponsor, Markham, Norton, Mosteller, & Wright, CPA’s and Consultants.


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 information contact Amanda Stirn, FSBDC Marketing Director, at (239) 745-3706, (239) 410-1133, or astirn@fgcu.edu.

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