Ernst & Young LLP Seeks Central Great Lakes’ Outstanding Entrepreneurs

February 11, 2009

Nominations Now Being Accepted for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) 2009 Award

DETROIT, Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ — Ernst & Young LLP today opened the nomination period for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) 2009 Awards in the Central Great Lakes region. The deadline for applications is 16 March 2009, with the awards ceremony scheduled for 11 June 2009.

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) Awards program, now in its 23rd year, is recognized as the most prestigious business award program in the country. Award winners are selected by a panel of independent judges, including local business owners — many of whom have won the award in the past — as well as area leaders from civic organizations and academic institutions.

“Ernst & Young is proud to continue its support of entrepreneurs,” said Larry Haynes, Americas Director of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) program. “As an essential building block of America, entrepreneurial ingenuity is more important than ever.”

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) Awards in Central Great Lakes

Last year, 8 entrepreneurs in 8 categories from the Central Great Lakes area were selected as Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) award winners from more than 40 nominations. Past award winners in the Central Great Lakes have included David Brandon of Domino’s Pizza, Dan Gilbert of Quicken Loans and Mary Ellen Sheets of Two Men and a Truck.

“This program honors the exceptional business executives in our local area,” said Frank Maselli, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) Program Director for the Central Great Lakes region. “Entrepreneurs are nominated and evaluated by those in the area, bringing regional business, academic and community leaders together to celebrate these remarkable achievements.”

Awards Criteria

Awards are given to entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Self-nominations are encouraged, and there is no fee. Application forms must be received by March 16, 2009.

To be eligible for consideration, the nominee must be an owner/manager of a private or public company who is primarily responsible for the recent performance of the company and an active member of top management. Additionally, the nominee’s company must be at least two years old.


Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) Awards are nationally sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America.

In the Central Great Lakes, local sponsors include UHY and Northwood University.

Contact Information

For more information and nomination forms contact: Heather Quinn, Program Manager, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) Central Great Lakes Awards, at 1 313 628 8349 or heather.quinn@ey.com. Information is also available at www.ey.com/us/eoy.

About Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year(R)

Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The award makes a difference through the unique way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 135 cities in 50 countries.

About Ernst & Young

Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. Worldwide, our 135,000 people are united by our shared values and an unwavering commitment to quality. We make a difference by helping our people, our clients and our wider communities achieve their potential.

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