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Who is the Midwest's most innovative entrepreneur?

Who is the Midwest's most innovative entrepreneur?

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A global professional services firm is searching for the most innovative entrepreneurs in the Midwest.

EY, formerly Ernst & Young, is asking for nominations for the 2014 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards, which recognize innovative business leaders who pursue their visions. The international awards competition recognizes accomplished business leaders who inspire others, with the goal of encouraging more entrepreneurial activity.

The multinational assurance, tax and advisory firm showcases entrepreneurs from more than 150 cities in 60 counties each year. National winners include Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya, and LinkedIn co-founders Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner.

"Through the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program, we have the privilege of celebrating high-impact entrepreneurs who create disruptive companies and drive growth, innovation and job growth in our communities," said Todd Novak, Midwest EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director.

Panels of independent regional judges, which include CEOs, investors and previous winners, pick awards in a number of industry categories. Entrepreneurs can nominate themselves or their peers by a firm deadline of March 14.

Nominees must be company founders, transformation CEOs, innovative leaders of multi-generational family businesses, or executives who run companies early in their life cycles or during periods of growth. The businesses must have been around for at least two years.

EY encourages self-nominations, and charges no fees.

Honorees will be recognized at a June 18 Midwest awards gala at Navy Pier in Chicago. All the regional winners will be invited to the Jay Leno-hosted National Entrepreneur Of The Year gala in Palm Springs, Calif. The national winner will represent the United States at the global awards ceremony in Monaco.

To nominate a candidate, visit


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