AWARDSRECOGNIZING THOSE SURVIVING AND THRIVING IN 2020
Recognizing those who have faced adversity and overcome obstacles.
The 2021 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 family businesses that span multiple generations.
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.
Applications for the 2021 awards will will be accepted later in the year.
The winners will be honored at an EntreCon® Awards Ceremony.
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 all businesses started within the last two years that has either found a niche area to focus on, brought a fantastic new product to market, or has overcome the odds to achieve success.
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 recognizing a business marked by its ability to flourish regardless of size and possesses a flair for spotting opportunities in its chosen niche market.
Small Business of the Year
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.
Medium/Large Business of the Year
This award will be given to a business with 50 or more employees that 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.
Employer of the Year
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.
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.
Non-Profit of the Year
Pensacola has many outstanding nonprofits, and this award will be given to the one that has shown their dedication to improving the quality of life in our community.
Minority-Owned Business of the Year
This award recognizes a minority-owned small business that has attained outstanding business achievement in the community.
Female-Owned Business of the Year
This award recognizes a women-owned small business that has attained outstanding business achievement in the community.
Veteran-Owned Business of the Year
This award recognizes a veteran-owned small business that has attained outstanding business achievement in the community.
Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Starting a new venture under the age of 30 is a significant achievement. This award recognizes a small business owner who has successfully launched and grown their business before their 30thbirthday.
Smart Business of the Year
This award recognizes a business that has used advanced or cutting-edge technology to advance their business or make a difference in their industry in response to challenges due to COVID-19.
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 Resiliency Awards
We are all seeking vibrancy, and none of us need to go it alone. Benchmarking what other communities are doing and harvesting best practices helps us learn from each other. We want to hear your ideas, bright spots and success stories!
- Award may be for a new or existing program related to creating resilience for communities
- The organization or program must demonstrate innovation and intent to share effective strategies with others.
- Community must be located in the United State of America
- Academic research projects and surveys are not eligible for the award