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Entrepreneurial Visionaries Apply Now

EY is now accepting nominations for the annual EY Entrepreneur of the Year at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland in Kansas City June 16, 2016. Regional finalists will be invited to the Strategic Growth Forum and National awards gala in Palm Springs, Calif. November 16-20, 2016. Nominations (including self-nominations) must be submitted by March 11, 2016. That's Friday, folks.

Previous Central Midwest region winners include: Jody Brazil of FireMon LLC, Matthew Perry of Genesys Systems Integrator and Bill Zahner of A. Zahner Co.


To be eligible to receive an award, the nominee must be an owner or 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 for at least two years.

The nominee’s company must be at least two years old for Emerging category candidates (companies two to five years old) and three years or more for all other categories. Emerging nominees need to provide detailed financial performance information for at least two years, all other nominees should provide detailed financial performance information for at least three years.

Nomination Process

Fill out a nomination form here.  The final deadline for submitting a nomination is March 11, 2016.

The judging criteria include a thorough assessment of recent financial performance, strategic direction, product or service innovation, company leadership including personal integrity and risk-taking, values and key employee initiatives and community involvement (philanthropic activities, etc.).

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Reach out to EY at 1-800-755-2927 with any questions or go to


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