Twenty-one of Southwest Florida’s top companies have made the list of finalists for the Industry Appreciation Awards taking place Friday, May 14 at Caloosa Sound Convention Center in downtown Fort Myers. Ticket and sponsorship information to come.

Congratulations to the 2021 IAA Finalists

Community Steward
of the Year

Awarded to a company whose financial, volunteer and active involvement in community organizations and programs create a better quality of business and civic life in Lee County.

  • Cushman & Wakefield Commercial Property Southwest Florida
  • Florida Repertory Theatre
  • The North Law Firm

Innovator
of the Year

Recognizes a local business that develops advanced or innovative technologies that have a positive impact on Lee County’s growing economy and within its industry.

  • Cigent Technology, Inc.
  • Energy Harness Corporation
  • Metro Forecasting Models

Startup
of the Year

Awarded to a company founded in Lee County in the last 3-5 years that has demonstrated continued financial and staffing growth while leading and overcoming challenges.

  • 239Work
  • Gather
  • Seed & Bean Market

Manufacturer
of the Year

This award recognizes a local manufacturing business in Lee County that exhibits excellence and growth in leadership, performance, profitability, and workforce relations.

  • Black Onyx World, LLC / Alikay Naturals
  • Nor-Tech Hi-Performance Boats
  • Storm Smart

Small Business
of the Year

Awarded to a company with up to 50 employees that has been in business a minimum of six years in Lee County and offers high-quality products and services with superior customer service.

  • Architectural Metal Flashings
  • Iron Ridge Insurance Services
  • Stickboy Creative

Large Business
of the Year

Awarded to a company with over 50 employees that has been in business a minimum of six years in Lee County and offers high-quality products and services with superior customer service.

  • NeoGenomics Laboratories, Inc.
  • Owen-Ames-Kimball Company
  • Stevens Construction, Inc.

Business Resiliency and
Innovation Award

This inaugural award recognizes a business that has successfully pivoted its operations, products or services to be resilient during the coronavirus. This company has proven its resiliency by not only adapting but thriving during a crisis to serve Lee County.

  • Fort Myers Brewing Company
  • Sanibel Captiva Community Bank
  • Sewing Boutique
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