"This program honors the outstanding entrepreneurs in our region," said Michael Kacsmar, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Co-Director for New Jersey. "These entrepreneurs make our community a better place by providing jobs, developing new products and services, and encouraging economic development. They deserve our support and recognition."
Past award winners have included
of Starbucks Coffee Company,
Arthur M. Blank
of AMB Group, LLC (Home Depot, Atlanta Falcons), Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc.,
of Ruth's Chris Steak House,
of Build-A-Bear Workshop,
of LinkedIn, and 2012 winner
, founder of Chobani.
The Entrepreneur Of The Year Program honors entrepreneurs regionally in June. All regional honorees are then invited to the national Entrepreneur Of The Year gala on
November 16, 2013
Palm Springs, California
. The gala is the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum
, the nation's most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. For more information on the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, please visit
. The overall national US winner will go on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year title in
As part of Ernst & Young LLP's commitment to advising, guiding and honoring entrepreneurs, the organization sponsors two additional programs designed to distinguish entrepreneurial success and achievement.
For the second year, Ernst & Young LLP is recognizing family business entrepreneurs – leaders of outstanding entrepreneurial families with a culture and tradition of successfully balancing business and family issues – through the Family Business Award of Excellence. More information on this program may also be found at
In addition, nominations will be accepted for the Ernst & Young
Entrepreneurial Winning Women
™ 2013 Program, a national competition and leadership initiative that identifies and connects a select group of women entrepreneurs with the advisors, resources and insights they need to scale their businesses and become market leaders. For more information on the program, visit
Entrepreneurs eligible for consideration include not only company founders, but also leaders of multi-generation family businesses and transformational public and private company CEOs. Additionally, the nominee's company must be at least two years old. Self-nominations are encouraged, and there is no fee. The deadline for nominations is
March 8, 2013
Information is available at
. For information on the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards in
, please visit
. To nominate a candidate, please visit:
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In
, regional sponsors include PNC Bank, Merrill Communications,
, DLA Piper, Empire Valuation Consultants, Scherzer International, SolomonEdwardsGroup, WithumSmith+Brown, Gibbons,
, NJTC, NJBiz.
To get more information, as well as nomination forms, contact:
at +1 212 773 0975 or
About Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year
Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 140 cities in 50 countries.
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