To say we were PUMPED to be recognized as this year’s Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year by The Catalyst Center for Business and Entrepreneurship is an understatement.
Sure, we’ve had wins – and we celebrate them often. We celebrate each others’ victories, our ability to overcome problems, and most importantly, the desire we have to fuel our own growth one overly excited, highly caffeinated day at a time.
But, gaining the recognition of one of our community’s greatest supporters of small business definitely makes us pause and realize how we’ve all gotten us to this point – together, as a team. It might be my name on the award – but you better believe it’s backed by the most amazing people I’ve had the honor to surround myself with for the past several years.
Being an entrepreneur is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. But, I wouldn’t trade it for the world if it means I get to be part of this crazy journey for a very long time.
A special shout out to all those who took an award home this year – congrats!!
Entrepreneur of the Year: Jamie Miller, Mission Multiplier
Joanne Randolph Entrepreneur Champion: Larry Lewis, Project XYZ
Pandemic Pivot Entrepreneur: Karen Mockensturm, Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theatre & Academy
People’s Choice: April Chicosky, AMZ Importers, LLC
Female Entrepreneur: Alice Lessman, SignaLink, Inc.
Youth Entrepreneur of the Year: Brailynn Camile Granville, The Ausome Kid
Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year: Megan Nivens-Tannett, Flourish
Creative Entrepreneur of the Year: Michelle Givens, Image in a Box
NonProfit Entrepreneur of the Year: Amy Roark, give256
Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year: Marvinia Adama, Adams Dry Cleaning & Laundry