E-Day celebrates 30 years of recognizing entrepreneurs

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Published on October 28, 2021 with No Comments

The Northwest ISBDC is marking 30 years of honoring entrepreneurs and advocates as it welcomes its E-Day Class of 2021.

“It is amazing that we have been celebrating our entrepreneurial community for 30 years,” said NW-ISBDC Regional Director Lorri Feldt. “The Class of 2021 honorees continue to confront and overcome the varied challenges that the current business climate has been throwing at them.”

Tickets for the Entrepreneurial Excellence awards are now available by visiting  www.edayleaders.com/event. The in-person event will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday Nov. 11 at the Avalon Manor, 3550 E. Lincoln Hwy., in Merrillville. Lunch will be served in a safe and socially distanced manner.

The Class of 2021 includes:

  • Small Business Person of the Year: Dave Lasser, Commercial In-Sites LLC, Merrillville
  • Minority-Owned Business of the Year: Michael and Shelice Tolbert, Tolbert & Tolbert LLC, Gary
  • Women-Owned Business of the Year: Amy Perry and Erin Lively, E&A Jewelers, Valparaiso
  • Family-Owned Business of the Year: Konrady family, Konrady Plastics, Portage
  • Emerging Business of the Year: Akhtar Zaman, Advanced Engineering Services, Hammond
  • Young Entrepreneur: Brianna Hairlson, Bri’s Dance Place, Merrillville
  • Small Business Advocate: Bert Cook, La Porte Economic Advancement Partnership (LEAP), LaPorte
  • Advocate for Youth Entrepreneurship: Chareice White, ECIER Foundation (Educate, Create, Innovate, Entrepreneur, Relationships), Merrillville
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Stewart McMillan, Task Force Tips and MAAC Foundation (Multi Agency Academic Cooperative), Valparaiso

“While our winners may represent a wide range of industries, they all have created a ripple effect of positive impact in our communities,” Feldt said. “Also, our advocate category was expanded with the addition of youth entrepreneurship this year. We are honored to showcase how early exposure to an entrepreneurial mindset can really make a difference.”

Serving seven counties in the region, the Northwest 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.

With photo: NW-ISBDC Regional Director Lorri Feldt speaks during the 2020 E-Day event.

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