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Tickets Still Available for the FGCU Small Business Development Center's Distinguished Entrepreneur Awards Dinner

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Tickets are still available for the 2nd Annual Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Dinner, sponsored by the Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), Wednesday, May 22 at the FGCU Cohen Center ballroom. The event recognizes small- to mid-sized Southwest Florida business owners and entrepreneurs for success and growth achievement.

Keynote speaker for the dinner is Jerry Ross, executive director of the National Entrepreneur Center in Orlando. Known to be a dynamic and entertaining presenter, Ross will speak on the state of entrepreneurship and small business in Florida and nationally.

Presenting sponsor is Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co. Additional sponsors include: Brennan Manna and Diamond, PL, FGCU Foundation, Fifth Avenue Advisors, Gator Press, Grasmeier Business Consulting, Gulfshore Business magazine, Guerilla Media, Norman Love Confections, Photo Magic, Relevanza, Slick Ink All Media, Shammrock Bank, Regional Technology Partnership and Third Eye Management.

Tickets cost $100 per person and can be purchased online. For more information and to register, visit or call the SBDC office at 239-745-3700.

The Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University is a dynamic community-based resource, which helps small business owners take advantage of new opportunities to grow their business through a diverse collection of programs and services. The SBDC is located in FGCU's Center for Leadership & Innovation, the external administrative unit of the Lutgert College of Business, providing a unique collaboration between the College of Business faculty, students and small business owners. The Center serves a five-county area and provides business assistance through various partner locations in Southwest Florida.

For additional information, contact Dan Regelski at 239-745-3705, or

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