Celebrating the difference entrepreneurs make Featured

8:00pm EDT June 25, 2008
Celebrating entrepreneurs and their businesses has been an Ernst & Young priority for more than two decades. The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The award encourages entrepreneurial activity among those who have potential and recognizes the contribution of people whose vision, leadership and achievement inspires others. It is one of the ways we make a difference.

It is the first — and only truly global — award of its kind. The award celebrates those who build successful, growing and dynamic businesses. We recognize entrepreneurs through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 135 cities in 50 countries.

Entrepreneurs find creative ways to grow their businesses. They are individuals who seize opportunities and who, in doing so, create value. Much like those we have honored before them, the men and women we recognize this evening are leaders. Each has a strong record of achievement. And each has demonstrated a commitment to his or her employees and communities.

An independent panel judged each nominee’s recent financial performance. The judges reviewed each nominee’s business strategy with an eye toward product or service innovation. The judges also assessed each nominee’s leadership ability, examining the nominee’s integrity, values, employee initiatives and community involvement.

We wish to express our sincere gratitude to the entrepreneurs who participated in this year’s program. They are sustaining Northeast Ohio’s entrepreneurial spirit. Their work improves the quality of life for everyone who lives in the region.

We would also like to thank the program sponsors and judges who have made this year’s program a success.

Congratulations to all of the 2008 Northeast Ohio Entrepreneur Of The Year award nominees, finalists and winners. You have had a significant affect on Northeast Ohio’s success.

Each year, we induct into the Entrepreneur Of The Year Hall of Fame all of the Northeast Ohio award winners. Furthermore, entrepreneurs who win at the regional level are automatically entered in the national Entrepreneur Of The Year awards, which will take place Nov. 12-16 in Palm Springs, Calif. The national awards are held in conjunction with our Strategic Growth Forum. <<

MICHAEL MAZZEO is the Northeast Ohio Entrepreneur Of The Year program director. You may reach him at (330) 255-5213.