Distinguished Entrepreneur winnersFlorida Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University today announced the judges for the 2017 Distinguished Entrepreneur of Southwest Florida Awards and our Chris Spiro is among them.

Chris, the 2016 Distinguished Entrepreneur of SWFL recipient, will be working with a panel of other distinguished local business people in choosing the next entrepreneur of the year winner.

Other judges:

  • Phil Borchmann, editor-in-chief of Gulfshore Business magazine
  • Timothy J. Cartwright, managing director of Compass Advisory Group
  • Tiffany Esposito, president and CEO of the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce and executive director of the Bonita Springs Estero Economic Development Council
  • Karen Ramos, business specialist with the City of Cape Coral Economic Development Office
Distinguished entrepreneur nominations

distinguised entrprenuer swfl logoThe Florida Small Business Development Center at FGCU is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Distinguished Entrepreneur of SW Florida.

Business owners in Southwest Florida who have overcome obstacles, discovered new technologies to help grow their business or dedicated themselves to helping other small businesses through mentorship and civic leadership may apply.

Honors to be Awarded
    1. Distinguished Entrepreneur
    2. Distinguished Small Business Advocate
    3. Distinguished Innovator of the Year

And it’s OK to nominate yourself or your boss, so don’t be shy! Complete your nomination online (sorry, no manual submissions) by Friday, March 31.

The big awards ceremony will be held Wednesday, May 10, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Southwest Florida Performing Arts Center located at 11515 Bonita Beach Road SE in Bonita Springs.

For information, email Amanda Stirn or call (239) 745-3706. (Be sure to tell Amanda we said hi!)

In case you didn’t know …

 sbdc fgcu distinguished entrepreneur peopleThe 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.

The state designates it as Florida’s principal provider of business assistance. The Florida SBDC at Florida Gulf Coast University is a member of the Florida SBDC Network, a statewide service network funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.