Awards Categories

The Entrepreneur Awards recognize the achievements and economic impact entrepreneurs and businesses have on our community.

We are seeking nominations of those representing a diverse set of backgrounds and experiences to reflect the Pensacola metro area.

START-UP COMPANY OF THE YEAR

This award is open to all businesses that have started within the last two years. The winner will be an entrepreneur who has either found a niche area to focus on, brought a fantastic new product to market, or has overcome the odds to achieve success. We hope to see these companies being entered into other categories over the coming years.

MICRO-BUSINESS ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

With fewer than 10 employees, micro businesses are vitally important contributors to the economy. This entrepreneur has become distinguished by creating a business marked by its ability to flourish regardless of size. This entrepreneur possesses a flair for spotting opportunities in his or her chosen niche market.

ENTREPRENEUR SMALL BUSINESS

This award will be given to an entrepreneur at the helm of a business with fewer than 50 employees. The entrepreneur has shown resilience and fortitude in overcoming obstacles and difficulties to ensure a secure and growing success.

ENTREPRENEUR MEDIUM/LARGE BUSINESS

This award will be given to an entrepreneur at a business with 50 or more employees. The entrepreneur has shown resilience and fortitude in overcoming obstacles and difficulties to ensure a secure and growing success.

FAMILY BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

A family-owned business that now includes, or has included, more than one generation, and whose policies and business practices have had a positive impact on business and the community.

ENTREPRENEURS’ CHAMPION

The entrepreneurs’ champion is a person or organization who helps entrepreneurs be successful. Through nurturing entrepreneurs, they will be distinguished by their insight, reach and success stories. But most importantly, they are set apart by the example they set through their own actions and the unwavering support they offer.

THE EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Businesses can reap rewards by offering employees outstanding training programs, progression monitoring and continuous career prospects. Employers recognized in this award category inspire and motivate their staff by enabling career expansion, operating equal opportunity schemes and understanding the importance of a work-life balance.

DEAL OF THE YEAR AWARD

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

The entrepreneur of the year has excelled, and shown distinction and success in his or her enterprise thanks to creative problem-solving and business flair.

Studer Community Institute Entrepreneur Awards presented by: