2022 AWARDS

BE RECOGNIZED FOR YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS AND IMPACT

IF THERE’S ONE THING WE’RE PASSIONATE ABOUT, IT’S

Recognizing people and organizations doing great things

The 2022 EntreCon® Awards presented by Cox Business is meant to recognize the achievements and economic impact leaders and businesses have on a community.

The categories aim to honor businesses at every stage in their life cycle, from start-ups to large corporations.

From those who have championed the cause to those who have turned adversity into success in another chapter of their lives, these awards will honor small, medium and large business owners.

The 2022 application window is closed.

To find out who the winners are, we invite you to join us for an in-person Awards Ceremony on Friday, Nov. 11 from 4-6 p.m. CST at the Rex Theatre. 

AWARDS SPONSOR, COX BUSINESS

Cox Business is a proud supporter of innovators, entrepreneurs, and small businesses. We believe that investing in these enterprises and helping them grow is important to the future of our community.

EntreCon® provides invaluable insights for local business leaders to develop and grow, and Cox Business is honored to be an active partner in that growth.

Emerging Business of the Year

This award is open to businesses who started in the last two years and have had success introducing their product or service. Businesses recognized in this category are run by great leadership, show a promising vision for the future, and have created a mission statement that aligns with their core values.

Micro-Business of the Year

This award is open to businesses who have less than ten employees and operate efficiently with a small team while positively impacting the local economy. Businesses considered for this award can clearly explain what makes their product or service unique, how they measure success and what opportunities they provide their employees.

Small Business of the Year

This award is open to businesses that have less than 50 employees that focus on employee inclusion, community involvement, and innovation in their business practices. Businesses considered for this award can clearly explain what makes their product or service unique, how they measure success, and what opportunities they provide their employees.

Medium/Large Business of the Year

This award is open to businesses that have more than 50 employees that have been able adaptable to change over the past year, have displayed economic growth, and provide opportunities for their employees to improve their skills in an ever-changing environment.

Employer of the Year

This award is for businesses with an outstanding and supportive work environment with a focus on great training programs, an understanding of work-life balance, and career progression. Employers recognized in this category inspire and motivate their growing, diverse staff with equal opportunity programs.

Entrepreneur of the Year

This award recognizes an entrepreneur over the age of 30 (see Young Entrepreneur Award) who has a creative product or service that solves a problem in the marketplace. They are highly ambitious, serve as community leaders, and work to improve the quality of life for others through either employment or serving others.

Non-Profit of the Year

This award recognizes a nonprofit organization that shows dedication for improving the quality of life in the community through volunteering, partnerships, or fundraising. Winners will be able to share how they have effectively used these skills to further their mission and improve the community.

Rodney Jackson Minority-Owned Business of the Year

This award recognizes a minority-owned small business that has attained outstanding business achievement while showing social responsibility, creativity, and leadership; all to improve and grow the community.

Female-Owned Business of the Year

This award recognizes a women-owned small business that has attained outstanding business achievement while showing social responsibility, creativity, and leadership; all to improve and grow the community.

Veteran-Owned Business of the Year

This award recognizes a veteran-owned small business that has attained outstanding business achievement while showing social responsibility, creativity, and leadership; all to improve and grow the community.

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

This award recognizes a small business owner who has successfully launched and grown their business before the age of 30. This person demonstrates an entrepreneurial spirit by applying business knowledge, growth potential and success in the operation of their business. They also prove to be a great example to other young individuals.

Fastest growing business of the year

NEW! This award will recognize an outstanding business that has grown quickly and serve as a prestigious opportunity to celebrate its talent and wisdom.

Pensacola is quickly becoming a leader in business and entrepreneurship, and we want to recognize leaders in the community for their business success.

Excellence in mentorship award

This award recognizes a person who has dedicated themselves to helping others through mentoring. Their level of experience affords them the ability to have a significant impact on the professional development and career advancement of those they mentor. 

The John Myslak Award for Servant Leadership

This award is given to a leader who enriches the lives of others, builds better organizations, and ultimately helps create a more just and caring world. That is what our friend and colleague John Myslak did in our community, and we honor his memory by recognizing others who live their lives as fully as he did.

 

Community Vibrancy Award

So many of our communities, organizations, small businesses, nonprofits, and individuals are doing amazing things to create vibrancy. They have all shown us they are resourceful and creative as they work to make our communities better.