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Finalists announced for 2018 Industry Appreciation Awards

August 24, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Horizon Council and Lee County Economic Development have announced finalists for the annual Industry Appreciation Awards that will be held Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Estero. A panel of local business and community leaders served as judges for the awards. For more information about the finalists visit

The Business Citizenship Award is given 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. Awards will be given in two categories: Large (51 or more employees) and Small (1-50 employees). The finalists are Crown Roofing, Cushman & Wakefield Commercial Property, Edison National Bank, Lee County Electric Cooperative, Pavese Law Firm and Pushing the Envelope.

The Nonprofit of the Year Award is given to a Section 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has recognized a business or civic need within our community and through community responsibility, innovation, growth, sound business practices and community partnerships serves our community with vision and integrity. Awards will be given in two categories: Large (Operational budget over $1 million) and Small (Operational budget under $1 million). The finalists are Alliance for the Arts, Child Care of SW Florida, F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva, Heights Foundation, SWFL Crime Stoppers and Wildcat Run Charitable Foundation.

The Diversity in Business Award is given to a business that has implemented programs in the workplace to create and promote diversity by employing initiatives within the organization and community. Diversity is generally defined as acknowledging, understanding, accepting, valuing and celebrating differences among people with respect to age, class, ethnicity, gender, physical and mental ability, race, sexual orientation, spiritual practice and public assistance status. The finalist is Lee Health.

The Startup of the Year Award is given to a company founded in Lee County in the last 3-5 years that has demonstrated continued growth both financially and in staffing while leading and overcoming challenges. The finalists are Minaya Learning Global Solutions, Oasis Senior Advisors and Testimonial Tree.

The Business of the Year Award is given to a company in business 6 or more years in Lee County that has successfully offered high-quality products, services, customer relations and employee development. The business must also demonstrate strong ethical standards, exemplary leadership in their industry and among clients contributing to the economic growth and free enterprise of Lee County. The finalists are FineMark National Bank and Trust, Shell Point Retirement Community and Sunshine Ace Hardware.

The Horizon Council is a public-private board established in 1991 to advise the Lee County Board of Commissioners on economic development issues. For more information, visit or call 239-338-3161.



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