E-Day marks passion, drive of entrepreneurial honorees

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Published on October 16, 2019 with No Comments

The E-Day event carries on the tradition of honoring those impacting the entrepreneurial community in the region.

For more than 25 years, the Northwest ISBDC has been shining a spotlight on the impact of entrepreneurs with its E-Day Awards.

“This year we are celebrating everything from a young journalist to a long-time family-owned bakery,” said Lorri Feldt, Northwest ISBDC regional director. “No matter where they are in the entrepreneurial spectrum, our honorees all have a passion for what they do and are a true inspiration.”

The entrepreneurial community will come together for the 28thEntrepreneurial Excellence Awards luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 14 at Avalon Manor, 3550 E. Lincoln Hwy.

E-Day continues to mark the tradition of recognizing small business owners and advocates who are making a difference in the region. The event is open to the public and includes the awards presentation as well as a look at how young entrepreneurs are shaping their success through business ownership.

The 2019 E-Day winners include: 

• Small Business Person of the Year: Patti Komara, Patti’s All-American, Dyer

• Entrepreneurial Success: Dawn McIver, MicroWorks Inc., Crown Point

• Emerging Business of the Year: Nan Wellman, Outstanding Tradeshow Exhibit Services, North Judson

• Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Justin Kiel, Kiel Media, LaCrosse

• Family-Owned Business of the Year: Fingerhut family, Fingerhut Bakery, North Judson, Knox, Bass Lake locations

•Women-Owned Business of the Year: Tammy Wendland, Valpo Ventures dba Plato’s Closet, Valparaiso

•Minority-Owned Business of the Year: Moe Musleh, Anytime Fitness, various locations

• Small Business Advocate of the Year: Clarence Hulse, Economic Development Corporation Michigan City, Michigan City

• Lifetime Achievement Award: Dean Sangalis, Dean Sangalis & Associates, Northwestern Mutual Insurance agency, Merrillville

Tickets are $40 and may be purchased by visiting edayleaders.com/tickets. Table sponsorships are also available. For more information, contact the Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center offices at 219-644-3513 or northwest@isbdc.org.

Serving seven counties in the region, the NW-ISBDC offers no-cost assistance for entrepreneurs starting or expanding their businesses. Through one-on-one consulting, the NW-ISBDC helps guide small businesses toward their goals by offering referrals, workshops, training opportunities and other essential business tools. It is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Small Business Administration, the State of Indiana and other local partners.

For more information, visit www.isbdc.org.

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