Olmstead Williams Communications is proud to be a sponsor for the 31st EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards. Nominations are now open throughout the Greater Los Angeles area. Anyone can nominate any entrepreneur they admire or even self-nominate.

Now in its 31st year, Entrepreneur Of The Year honors successful entrepreneurs in more than 145 cities in 60 countries and remains one of the preeminent competitive awards in the world for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies. The Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are part of EY’s work in identifying and supporting business leaders who demonstrate extraordinary success in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment.

Since its inception, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program has recognized more than 9,000 executives who were estimated to have created over 14 million jobs in 2015 alone, based on the recently released Harvard Business Review report, The Entrepreneur’s Purpose. Broken down further, the 2016 class of winners from Greater Los Angeles collectively created 2,200 jobs, increased their workforce by 33% and grew their revenues by 39% over the last two years.

The Greater Los Angeles program includes entrepreneurial leaders from as far north as San Luis Obispo and as far south as Long Beach and the border of Orange County. It also includes Las Vegas, Nevada, and Hawaii. Prior winners from Greater Los Angeles include John Kilroy, Kilroy Realty Corporation; Chris DeWolfe, SGN; David Overton, The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated; Robert Friedman, Summit Entertainment LLC; Don W. Chang, Forever 21, Inc.; and Brandon J. Beck and Marc Merrill, Riot Games.

Award winners are selected in a number of industry categories by a panel of independent regional judges. The awards will be presented at a 750-person black-tie Awards Gala on Thursday, June 15, 2017, at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California. This video highlights feedback from the 2016 finalists and winners and shares the excitement on stage at the Awards Gala.

Awards criteria and judging process

Award winners are selected in a number of industry categories by a panel of independent regional judges, including previous winners of the award, leading CEOs and private capital investors and other regional business leaders. Entrepreneurs eligible for consideration include not only company founders, but also leaders of multi-generation family businesses and transformational public and private company CEOs. The nominee’s company must be at least two years old.  Entrepreneurs may self-nominate or they can be nominated by their peers or other business leaders. There is no fee to apply.

To access the application and find out more about the program, please visit ey.com/us/eoy/greaterla. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 10, 2017.

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