Every year the Florida Small Business Development Center honors small businesses in the area with their Distinguished Entrepreneur of Southwest Florida Awards, and we are proud and incredibly excited that our own Reema Bhatia has been nominated! She’s one of 19 area nominees up for this and two new awards being introduced this year: Distinguished Business Advocate of the Year and Distinguished Business Innovator of the Year.
The awards event is on May 18th at Harborside Event Center and you can read about Reema and a sample of the other awesome nominees in this article by the News Press.
Tickets and Sponsorship information are available here.
About the awards:
Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year: A business owner who has demonstrated: Innovative and Cutting Edge Approach to Corporate Culture, Employee Programs, and Integration of New Technologies; offers goods or services across a broad area (local, regional, national, international), multi award recipient (industry, civic, other organizations), highly active in the community to advocate both small businesses as well as non-profits, has overcome significant obstacles during the life of the company.
Small Business Advocate of the Year: A business owner who actively volunteers throughout the SW Florida Community to inspire, encourage, and mentor other small business owners in helping them improve or grow their business(s). This advocacy could be from involvement in a combination of chambers, economic development offices, and other non-profit or membership organizations where the advocate is actively involved.
Distinguished Innovator of the Year: A business owner who has within the past 3 years adopted or created their own new technologies and/or cutting edge approaches to create accelerated business growth and profit. Innovation can be internal including employee programs or external relating to excellence in customer service.
You can read more about the award including past winners at Florida SBDC at Florida Gulf Coast University.
We hope to see you on May 18th to honor some amazing area entrepreneurs!