Still time to apply for E&Y’s Entrepreneur of the Year award


Innovative, passionate, showing unwavering commitment. Sound like someone you know?

Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. Recognized globally, the award honors the most outstanding entrepreneurs who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. The Maryland Awards gala will be held on Wednesday, June 26 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront. Help us to identify the entrepreneurs we will celebrate at this year’s event by nominating your clients, colleagues or even yourself for this prestigious award!

There is still time to apply to the 2013 program! Nominations should be submitted electronically through our Web site. Self nominations are encouraged! Please visit our Web site also for nominations tips and frequently asked questions. Nominations are due March 8 at 5 p.m.

Who is eligible?
The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards recognize the women and men who put everything on the line in order to translate an idea into a viable, sustainable enterprise. A nominee must be an owner or manager of a private or public company with primary responsibility for the recent performance of the business, as well as be an active member of top management. Non-founding entrepreneurs are eligible if the individual manages the business and assumes the associated risks. The nominee’s company must be at least three years old.

New for 2013, we will also be recognizing an entrepreneur with our Family Business Award of Excellence. The Ernst & Young Family Business Award of Excellence recognizes leaders of outstanding entrepreneurial families with a culture and tradition of successfully balancing business and family issues, growing the business through innovation and philanthropic or social engagement. The families support these traditions with sustainable, long-term strategies that include effective and transparent corporate governance.

How does it work?
An independent panel of judges will review the completed applications and ultimately select the Maryland finalists and award recipients. Their decisions will be based on numerous criteria including vision, leadership, innovation, financial performance, achievement, perseverance and the story behind the nominee’s success. The finalists and award recipients – some of the most innovative and successful entrepreneurs in our area – will be honored on Wednesday, June 26 at a black-tie gala attended by more than 400 business leaders from our region. The Maryland award recipients will then become eligible for national recognition and will be invited to attend the National Awards gala in Palm Springs, Calif. on November 16.

Save the dates
March 8 – National application deadline
May 3 – Maryland Finalists announced
May 15 – Maryland Finalist reception with judges interviews
June 26 – Maryland black-tie awards gala at the Baltimore Waterfront Marriott (tables and tickets available now!)
Nov. 13-17 – Strategic Growth Forum and the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards in Palm Springs, California

More information can be found at our Maryland regional web page.

Source Ernst & Young LLP

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