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FGCU Florida Small Business Development Center Accepting Nominations for the 2014 Southwest Florida Distinguished Entrepreneur Award

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) is accepting nominations for its 3rd annual Distinguished Entrepreneur Award, which recognizes a small to mid-sized Southwest Florida business for its overall success. Applications will be accepted until March 31. The winner will be selected by a judge's panel of community business leaders.

This year's event builds on the success of the two previously held Distinguished Entrepreneur Awards. The 2013 award honored Southwest Florida Business entrepreneur and writer Pamela Oakes, owner of Pam's Motor City.

The 2014 Distinguished Entrepreneur award will be presented on Wednesday, May 21 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa, Bonita Springs. Tickets for the Distinguished Entrepreneur Award and Dinner event are $125 per person.

"Southwest Florida has shown that it loves to come together to recognize the business community for its achievements," said Dan Regelski, Regional Director of the FSBDC. "The FSBDC continues to build this exciting new tradition and showcase the many successes of our local entrepreneurs."

Keynote speaker will be Caroline Beasley, executive vice president, chief financial officer, treasurer and secretary of Naples-based Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. Beasley was honored by Radio INK magazine as one of the "40 most Powerful People in Radio" in 2011 and 2012. In addition, she has been recognized in the magazines' "Most Influential Women in Radio" listing every year since 2003.

Community members are encouraged to nominate a local business from the five-county area (Collier, Lee, Glades, Hendry and Charlotte) that has been in business for three or more years, displays a high level of overall success and is able to demonstrate innovations, achievements and local impact.

Title sponsor for the event for the third year is Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co. Additional sponsors include Gulfshore Business, Norman Love Confections, Pam's Motor City, Photo Magic and TLC Marketing and Creative Services. Sponsorship opportunities are now available at multiple levels.

For nomination rules and eligibility or for sponsorship information and opportunities, contact the FSBDC at (239) 745-3700 or Dan Regelski at (239) 745-3705, or

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