Calling all Entrepreneurs

What sets entrepreneurs apart from the pack? They like to compete. They’re in a hurry and they’re always only halfway there. To get above the crowd, they stick their necks out. And when opportunity knocks, they open the door.

That describes just about every winner in the 30-year history of EY’s Entrepreneur Of The Year awards. Recognized as one of the most prestigious business award programs in the country, the awards celebrate the country’s most innovative business leaders.

This year, our firm is proud to be a sponsor of the 30th anniversary program in Greater Los Angeles.

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is a real competition, so everyone can't win. But there are many other benefits for competing companies and their leaders. Pictured are award recipients in Greater Los Angeles as revealed last year at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is a real competition, so everyone can’t win. But there are many other benefits for competing companies and their leaders. Pictured are award recipients in Greater Los Angeles as revealed last year at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

How does an entrepreneur get recognized?

It’s simple: self-nominate or nominate another worthy entrepreneur.

Many of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year participants are nominated by proud colleagues, their vendors, or any admirer who thinks recognition is due. Entrepreneurs can also self-nominate. There’s no fee to enter, just a simple application the entrepreneur fills out.

It’s a real competition, so everyone can’t win. But there are many other benefits for companies and their founders and leaders, from raising awareness among customers and investors to igniting pride among employees and board members.

Finalists Jaspar Weir and Bryce Maddock of TaskUs being interviewed at the awards gala in Los Angeles on June 16, 2015.

Finalists Jaspar Weir and Bryce Maddock of TaskUs being interviewed at the awards gala in Los Angeles on June 16, 2015.

Ways to take advantage of the program benefits 

Entering the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Program is a great public relations strategy for any company, whether you win the prize or not. Here’s how to take advantage once you’re nominated:

  • Publish a press release announcing success at each stage of the competition — semi-finalist, finalist, regional winner, national finalist and national winner. Distribute each release through a major wire service such as PRNewswire or Business Wire to increase your company’s visibility online.
  • Post updates on your company’s website, share across all social media channels, and encourage employees to add details each step of the way to their LinkedIn profiles and email signature lines to truly celebrate the whole team. You’ll boost employee morale and highlight company culture for all to see.
  • Attend all award-related events to network and build relationships with other semi-finalists, judges, past winners, sponsors and influential media for business development/partnership opportunities.
  • Distribute photos and award status updates through your company’s e-newsletter to customers, prospects and key business partners to showcase the validation from other business leaders.

Have you nominated yourself or another worthy entrepreneur yet? Visit www.ey.com/us/eoy for more details on eligibility and deadlines. Give us a call to brainstorm additional ways to promote your company.

Entrepreneur Of The Year Award finalists talk business with Christine Devine

TaskUs_logoChristine Devine talks with EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 elites, including Social Gaming Network founder, Chris DeWolfe, Spokeo CEO, Harrison Tang and TaskUs co-founders, Jaspar Weir and Bryce Maddock.

“If you have a dream, you can make it happen,” says Maddock.

The 2015 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year regional winners are headed to Palm Springs, California in November to compete for the national title in their category. One of the 256 regional winners will be named the 2015 national winner.

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EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards: KNX interview with Revolve owners (audio)

This is the sixth in a series of interviews with Frank Mottek of the KNX Business Hour highlighting the EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards in Los Angeles. The recipients were revealed at a black tie awards gala on June 16 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel attended by close to 700 of the region’s elite business leaders and entrepreneurs.

Mike Karanikolas and Michael Mente, Co-Owners & Co-CEOs of REVOLVE talk with Frank Mottek about their entrepreneur journey and their target market in this clip.

EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards: KNX interview with David Allerby (audio)

This is the fifth in a series of interviews with Frank Mottek of the KNX Business Hour highlighting the EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards in Los Angeles. The recipients were revealed at a black tie awards gala on June 16 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel attended by close to 700 of the region’s elite business leaders and entrepreneurs.

David Allerby, Co-Founder & CEO of 24Hr HomeCare, talks with Frank Mottek about team work and disrupting the market with superb customer service.

EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards: KNX interview with Harrison Tang (audio)

This is the fourth in a series of interviews with Frank Mottek of the KNX Business Hour highlighting the EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards in Los Angeles. The recipients were revealed at a black tie awards gala on June 16 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel attended by close to 700 of the region’s elite business leaders and entrepreneurs.

Harrison Tang, CEO and co-founder of Spokeo, talks with Frank Mottek about his entrepreneurship spirit and getting started in the tech world in this clip from the broadcast.

Two Indian American executives honored as EY Entrepreneur of the Year Northern California winners

EYJayshree Ullal and Dheeraj Pandey, both Indian Americans, were among the nine honoreees at the EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards for the Northern California region gala held at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco June 12, reports Richard Springer of India West.

“The Indian American community was well represented by four finalists in this year’s EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards in Northern California, and two of them became winners,” said Ernie Cortes, program director, EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards program in Northern California. “We congratulate all of the nominees and winners for making this year one of the most competitive EY Entrepreneur of the Year programs we’ve ever had.”

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Two Indian American Execs Win EY Entrepreneur Awards (India West)

EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards: KNX interview with John Kilroy (audio)

This is the third in a series of interviews with Frank Mottek of the KNX Business Hour highlighting the EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards in Los Angeles. The recipients were revealed at a black tie awards gala on June 16 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel attended by close to 700 of the region’s elite business leaders and entrepreneurs.

John Kilroy, Founder, President, CEO and Chairman of Kilroy Realty Corporation speaks about the changing Hollywood skyline and changes along California with Frank Mottek in this clip from the broadcast.

EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards: KNX interview with Chris DeWolfe (audio)

This is the second in a series of interviews with Frank Mottek of the KNX Business Hour highlighting the EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards in Los Angeles. The recipients were revealed at a black tie awards gala on June 16 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel attended by close to 700 of the region’s elite business leaders and entrepreneurs.

Chris DeWolfe, social media pioneer and CEO of SGN talks social media, mobile games trends and the transformation of mobile games into virtual reality with Frank Mottek in this clip from the broadcast.

EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards: KNX interview with April Spencer (audio)

This is the first in a series of interviews with Frank Mottek of the KNX Business Hour highlighting the EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards in Los Angeles. The recipients were revealed at a black tie awards gala on June 16 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel attended by close to 700 of the region’s elite business leaders and entrepreneurs.

April Spencer, partner at EY and co-director of the program in LA, discusses the awards with Frank Mottek in this clip from the broadcast.

EY announces Entrepreneur of the Year winners for Pacific Northwest

EYErnst & Young recognized winners in seven categories at the 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year awards gala for the Pacific Northwest region Friday night at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel. The winners will go on to compete at the national level.

“EY has honored outstanding entrepreneurs for the past 29 years,” said Greg Beams, EY Entrepreneur of the Year Program Director for the Pacific Northwest. “These winners are accomplished leaders who have contributed a tremendous amount to their communities.”

2015 Pacific Northwest winners:

  • Scott Allan, President and CEO, Hydro Flask; Bend, Oregon won the EOY award for retail and consumer products.
  • Chris Barrow, President and CEO, EagleView Technologies, Bothell, Washington won the EOY award in the Big Data category.
  • Mark Britton, Founder and CEO, Avvo, Seattle, Washington won in the services category.
  • Ryan Carson, Co-Founder and CEO, Treehouse, Portland, Oregon won the EOY award in the Emerging category.
  • Mark Mader, President and CEO, Smartsheet, Bellevue, Washington won in the tech category.
  • Darryl Rawlings, CEO, Trupanion, Seattle, Washington won in the financial services.
  • Dave Sanders, M.D., Co-Founder and CEO, Zoom+, Hillsboro, Oregon won the EOY award for Health Care Services.

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