Owners of small businesses who have successfully overcome adversity are invited to apply for the 20th Annual Southwest Florida Blue Chip Community Business Award.
Celebrating two decades, the annual Blue Chip Award program, coordinated and sponsored by BB&T-Oswald Trippe and Company and BB&T Bank, recognizes successful small business owners who have overcome adversity to achieve success and share their stories as models for other entrepreneurs.
The competition is open to companies that meet the following criteria: for-profit business; operating under the same ownership for at least three continuous years with principal office located in Lee, Collier or Charlotte counties; employs five to 400 people; and has overcome adversity to achieve success.
Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m., Monday, Sept. 8, and can be requested by contacting Stacey Mercado at 239-433-7189 or SMercado@BBandT.com. Business owners may nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else. Assistance is available to draft applications.
Independent judges will select one Lee, Collier or Charlotte business from the field of applicants to receive the 2014 award.
Winners will be recognized Thursday, Nov. 6, during a luncheon ceremony at Harborside Event Center, located at 1375 Monroe Street in Fort Myers.
Registration begins at 11 a.m. The program begins at 11:30 a.m.