EOY Nominations Sought

January 31, 2003
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GRAND RAPIDS — Ernst & Young is seeking nominations for its 2003 West Michigan Entrepreneur Of The Year (EOY) awards program, which honors fast-growing businesses in the western half of the Lower Peninsula, as well as northwest Indiana.

The West Michigan EOY program, introduced last year, is in addition to the Detroit program, which is now the East Michigan Entrepreneur of the Year awards.

The annual awards program honors entrepreneurs who have demonstrated “excellence and extraordinary success” in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

To be eligible, an entrepreneur’s company must have been operating a minimum of two years. Entrepreneurs eligible for the award include owners and managers responsible for the growth and performance of privately held companies and founders of public companies active in top management.

Entrepreneurs can nominate themselves for the award, or their co-workers, suppliers or customers can nominate them.

Nominations are being sought in a number of industry categories, including business and financial services, transportation, technology/communication, retail, real estate/construction, health science, manufacturing and service.

Nomination forms are included in the Feb. 3 issue of the Grand Rapids Business Journal and are available via the Ernst & Young Web site at www.ey.com/us/eoy.

Forms must be received by April 4.

A panel of independent judges comprised of West Michigan business, academic and civic leaders will select award recipients.

This year’s West Michigan award recipients’ banquet will be held June 12 in the Ambassador Ballroom of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in downtown Grand Rapids.

West Michigan award recipients will be eligible to compete for the 2003 National Entrepreneur Of The Year award.

National award finalists will be announced at a ceremony hosted by comedian and talk show host Jay Leno at the EOY International Conference Nov. 20-22 in Palm Springs, Calif.

Local sponsors of the West Michigan EOY awards are National City Bank, MARSH, Miller, Johnson, Snell, Cummiskey PLC, Grand Valley State University’s Seidman School of Business, Grand Rapids Business Journal and WOOD 1300-AM.

National sponsors are USA Today, CNN, the Nasdaq Stock Market and the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Established by Ernst & Young in 1986, the EOY program is held in 35 countries and 150 cities worldwide.           

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