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Industry Appreciation Awards 2023

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2024

Caloosa Sound Convention Center
1375 Monroe Street
Fort Myers, FL, 33901
10AM Networking  |  11AM – 1PM Lunch & Program

Registration will open late Summer.
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Tickets are on sale now for the 2023 Industry Appreciation Awards. Each $50 ticket includes VIP networking access, a plated lunch and attendance to the awards program.

Registration is closed.

We greatly appreciate your understanding and support as our community recovers from the devastating impacts of Hurricane Ian. The Horizon Council, Horizon Foundation and Lee County Economic Development Office are happy to announce that we’ve set a new date for the 2022 Industry Appreciation Awards.

Registration to attend the event will begin in the coming weeks. Please check back at a later date for more details.

Applications are Now Open!

Be sure to review the award categories carefully, download the application template, and submit your application on time to be considered. See all 8 award categories below and click the VIEW APPLICATION buttons to get started.

Please note that all applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on June 30, 2024. All applications must be submitted via the online application form. No paper applications will be accepted.

Featuring New Award Categories!

Celebrating business excellence in Lee County, the Industry Appreciation Awards recognize Lee County businesses that drive the local economy, employ our workforce and shape their industries. Businesses are invited to apply for their own company or nominate another Lee County company for an Industry Appreciation Award. Applications will open on June 1, 2024.

Large Business
of the Year


This award recognizes a large business with 51 or more employees that has demonstrated exceptional growth in revenue, workforce, products, or services over the past three years. The recipient will have implemented unique strategies that distinguish them from competitors, engaged meaningfully with the local community, and adopted innovative practices. This award also acknowledges the business's ability to overcome recent challenges effectively.

Small Business
of the Year


This award recognizes a small business with up to 50 employees that has demonstrated exceptional growth in revenue, workforce, products, or services over the past three years. The recipient will have implemented unique strategies that distinguish them from competitors, engaged meaningfully with the local community, and adopted innovative practices. This award also acknowledges the business's ability to overcome recent challenges effectively.

Large Manufacturer
of the Year


This award celebrates a large manufacturing business with 51 or more employees that has achieved remarkable growth in output and scale over the last three years. The awardee will have integrated new technologies into their production processes, maintained high product quality and safety standards, and demonstrated a commitment to environmental sustainability.

Small Manufacturer
of the Year


This award celebrates a small manufacturing business with up to 50 employees that has achieved remarkable growth in output and scale over the last three years. The awardee will have integrated new technologies into their production processes, maintained high product quality and safety standards, and demonstrated a commitment to environmental sustainability.

Partnership
Award


This award honors a business that has formed a strategic and impactful partnership with a nonprofit organization within the past year. The partnership should have clear objectives, measurable benefits to the nonprofit cause or community, and successful collaborative projects with tangible outcomes. Partnerships should demonstrate unique approaches to supporting the work of the nonprofit.

Supplier Diversity
Award


This award acknowledges a business that has excelled in promoting diversity within its supply chain. The recipient will have demonstrated significant diversity in their suppliers over the past three years, implemented effective diversity policies and practices, and engaged in partnerships with minority-owned businesses.


Innovative Technology
Award


This award recognizes a business that has developed or implemented groundbreaking technology with a measurable impact on its operations or industry. The recipient's technology should demonstrate a high degree of novelty and originality, be adopted by other businesses or sectors, and show significant future potential for applications and influence.

Community Spotlight
Award


This award highlights a business's outstanding contributions to the local community over the past year. The awardee will have initiated or supported specific community projects or causes with measurable impacts. The business should also have plans to continue or expand its community involvement in the future.