This past year has impacted us all in ways we could never have imagined; we have all felt the impact of the pandemic. This year, more than ever, we want to commemorate the extraordinary accomplishments of local businesses and entrepreneurs.
We are unable to hold our event in-person this year; however, there is still much to celebrate. The resiliency and tenacity that entrepreneurs have demonstrated deserve note and recognition.
Congratulations to our 2019 winners:
L-R: Joshua Wortham, Peaceful Pastries & Sweets: Youth Entrepreneur of the Year; Lee Marshall, Kids to Love: Entrepreneur of the Year; Edwina Musante, Cortina Solutions, LLC: Female Entrepreneur of the Year; Mel Bowers, Mel B Enterprises, LLC: People’s Choice; Rachel Lackey, Green Pea Press, LLC: Creative Entrepreneur of the Year; La’Berrick Williams, Jell’s 4 Ever BBQ: Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year; Dr. Morgan L. Goss, Dove Family Health: Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year; Not Pictured: Joe Newberry, Champion Entrepreneur of the Year
ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Awarded to the entrepreneur who has been in business for over three years and has a proven track record for sustainability, strategic direction, future growth and community involvement.
EMERGING ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Awarded to the entrepreneur who has been in business for one to three years and has a proven track record for sustainability with room for growth.
CREATIVE ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Awarded to a non-technical entrepreneur whose focus is in the retail, arts, entertainment, or culinary industry and has a proven track record for sustainability.
FEMALE ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Awarded to an outstanding female entrepreneur in the North Alabama Region. The winner of this award will be submitted to the Small Business Administration’s Small Business of the Year Award National Award by the Women’s Business Center.
VETERAN ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Awarded to an outstanding military-veteran entrepreneur in the North Alabama Region.
YOUTH ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Awarded to a school-aged entrepreneur, in K-12, that has started their entrepreneurial journey and business at a young age and is working toward their dream.
NON-PROFIT ENTREPEANEUR OF THE YEAR
Non-Profit Entrepreneur of the Year – Although, non-profits received revenue differently from for-profits the leaders must be entrepreneurial minded to maintain and grow their non-profit organization. Awarded to a non-profit leader who has demonstrated entrepreneurial abilities by the growth and success of the organization for over three years.
COVID PIVOT ENTREPENEUR OF THE YEAR
PEOPLE'S CHOICE ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Awarded to an entrepreneur award applicant with the most votes by the community. The winner will be determined through a social media campaign by the people for the people. Voting will take place online February 4-15, 2019. A link will be posted on innovateHSV.com.
ENTREPRENEUR CHAMPION OF THE YEAR
Awarded to an individual who has a proven track record of championing for the entrepreneurial journey. This can be through volunteering, mentoring, investing, or collaborating.
Nominations for the 5th Annual Entrepreneur Awards have ended. We look forward to seeing you at the event.
Celebrating Entrepreneurship in North Alabama. Here’s to the risk takers and history makers!