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EntreCon Award winners for 2017

  • The EntreCon Awards.

  • EntreCon 2017 award winners at Pensacola Little Theatre.

  • The Butcher Shoppe won Family Owned Business of the Year at EntreCon 2017.

  • Tim Shoop, owner of Digital Boardwalk, at the EntreCon 2017 awards.

  • Jason Crawford and Felicia Wynne of IRIS at the 2017 EntreCon awards.

  • The team from Digital Boardwalk won Small Business of the Year at EntreCon 2017.

  • The Voyage Real Estate team won Start-Up Business of the Year at EntreCon 2017.

  • Jason Crawford and Felicia Wynne from IRIS, winners of an EntreCon 2017 award.

  • GLR Productions LLC was among the honorees at the EntreCon 2017 awards.

The second annual EntreCon Awards are a high point of the annual business and leadership development conference hosted by Studer Community Institute.

This year’s conference, slated for Nov. 14-16, will offer three days of earning and skill-building for leaders, employees ad entrepreneurs.

The event also includes honoring business leaders in the community whose contribution to the Pensacola area has helped strengthen our economy and improve the quality of life for everyone.

SCI is proud to honor the 2017 EntreCon award winners listed below:

START-UP BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

This award is open to all businesses that have started within the last two years who has either found a niche area to focus on, brought a fantastic new product to market, or has overcome the odds to achieve success. We hope to see these companies being entered into other categories over the coming years.

Winner: Voyage Real Estate

Runners-Up: Key Impressions LLC, Total Dog Destin LLC

MICRO-BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

With fewer than 10 employees, micro businesses are vitally important contributors to the economy. Micro-business of the year has become distinguished by creating a business marked by its ability to flourish regardless of size and possesses a flair for spotting opportunities in his or her chosen niche market.

Winner: Lost Key Publishing

Runners-Up: Data Revolution, The NDN Companies

SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

This award will be given to a business with fewer than 50 employees that has shown resilience and fortitude in overcoming obstacles and difficulties to ensure a secure and growing success.

Winner: Digital Boardwalk

Runners-Up: Pro Clean Restoration and Cleaning, Schmidt’s Music Inc.

MEDIUM BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

This award will be given to a business with 50 to 249 employees and has shown resilience and fortitude in overcoming obstacles and difficulties to ensure a secure and growing success.

Winner: IMS ExpertServices

Runners-Up: World of Beer, Village Environmental Services

LARGE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

This award will be given to a business with 250 or more employees and has shown resilience and fortitude in overcoming obstacles and difficulties to ensure a secure and growing success.

Winner: Baptist Health Care

FAMILY BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

A family-owned business that now includes, or has included, more than one generation, and whose policies and business practices have had a positive impact on business and the community.

Winner: The Butcher Shoppe

Runners-Up: Pro Clean Restoration and Cleaning, Gilmore Moving and Storage 

EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR

Businesses can reap rewards by offering employees outstanding training programs, progression monitoring and continuous career prospects. Employers recognized in this award category inspire and motivate their staff by enabling career expansion, operating equal opportunity schemes and understanding the importance of a work-life balance.

Winner: Digital Boardwalk

Runners-Up: Gilmore Moving and Storage, World of Beer

MOST IMPROVED BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

This award recognizes a business that has shown improvement in meeting their goals and objectives as stated in the organization’s purpose. Additional criteria for this award may include activities that have caused improvement for the organizations revenue or profit margin, increase in jobs and wages, improved processes and objective employee measurement.

Winner: IRIS

Runners-Up: GlowRage, De Luna Wine

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

The entrepreneur of the year has excelled, and shown distinction and success in his or her enterprise thanks to creative problem-solving and business flair.

Winner: Kool Karts/ Kool Graphics

Runners-Up:  GLR Productions LLC, Military and Veterans Resource Center at University of West Florida