Awards Categories

The EntreCon 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 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 OF THE YEAR

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

BEST SMALL BUSINESS

This award will be given to a business with fewer than 50 employees that has shown resilience and fortitude in overcoming obstacles and difficulties to ensure a secure and growing success.

BEST MEDIUM/LARGE BUSINESS

This award will be given to a business with 50 or more employees and 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.

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.

MOST IMPROVED BUSINESS

This award recognizes a business that has showed improvement in meeting their goals and objectives as stated in the organization’s purpose. Additional criteria for this award may include activities that have caused improvement for the organizations revenue or profit margin, increase in jobs and wages, improved processes and objective employee measurement.

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.

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