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Entrepreneur Of The Yr. Awards Seek Nominations

Ernst & Young is seeking nominations for outstanding entrepreneurs in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

Ernst & Young (EY) is calling for nominations for its 28th annual Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards for the Upper Midwest region.
 
EY searches for successful entrepreneurs in more than 150 cities in 60 countries, but for its regional program it looks at entrepreneurs whose companies are based in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. 
 
A panel of independent regional judges—including previous winners of the award, business leaders, and investors—review the nominations to select each year’s winners.
 
Last year's winners and finalists from the Upper Midwest were featured in the August issue of Twin Cities Business, which is a regional sponsor of the awards program.
 
To qualify, EY said entrepreneurs must be the founder or an executive who “organizes, manages, and assumes the risk of a business early in its life cycle or during its growth.” Additionally, the nominee’s company must be at least two years old. EY said entrepreneurs may nominate themselves or be nominated by peers or other business leaders. For more information on the nomination process, click here.
 
The deadline for nominations is March 14 and the award gala is scheduled for June 11 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
 
All regional honorees are then invited to the national Entrepreneur Of The Year gala, which will be hosted by Jay Leno on November 15 in Palm Springs, California. The national U.S. winner will then go on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year title in Monaco in June 2015.
 
EY provides assurance, tax, transactions, and advisory services. Its annual program honors outstanding contributions made by entrepreneurs who are building and leading successful, growing, and dynamic businesses.
 
In 2013, 10 business leaders from the Upper Midwest were selected as Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winners, including: Randall Hogan of Pentair, John Barrow of Coolibar, Inc., Dawn Ainger of Genova Technologies, Doug Nielsen of Hayneedle, Inc., Megan Tamte of Hot Mama, Ken Nelson of KLN Family Brands, Jim Arthaud of MBI Energy Services, Inc., David Lenzmeier of Milk Specialties Global, Craig Kruckeberg of Minimizer, and Brad Rixmann of Pawn America.
 
“At EY, it’s through our Entrepreneur Of The Year program that we have the privilege of getting to know many high-impact entrepreneurs,” Todd Papa, Upper Midwest EY program director, said in a statement. “The entrepreneurs we have honored are fueling innovation, creating jobs, and driving economic prosperity in our local communities and global economies.”
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