(April 2017) — Spiro & Associates Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations & Brand Architecture is proud to have hosted a grand reception on the evening of April 5 for the 2017 Distinguished Entrepreneur of Southwest Florida nominees right here at our world headquarters in downtown Fort Myers.

Distinguished entrepreneur nominees for the 6th annual program come from a variety of business industries and cities across the region.

More than 125 business leaders, government officials and Spiro & Associates staff, family and friends welcomed the 30 selected nominees during a networking-style, meet-and-greet and business open house.

As the 2016 Distinguished Entrepreneur of Southwest Florida and a judge of this year’s awards, CEO/Chief Creative Officer Christopher T. Spiro provided passed hors d’oeuvres and a spread of catered excellence by Nevermind Awesome Bar & Eatery, an open bar of beer and imported wines, and live entertainment by local guitarist Obe Gonzalez.

Distinguished entrepreneur nominees overcome obstacles

distinguished entrepreneur nomineesThe Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Florida Gulf Coast University in Estero presents awards to distinguished entrepreneur nominees who are business owners from Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties.

Each has been nominated for their success in overcoming obstacles, growing their business through new technologies, or assisting other small businesses via mentorship and civic leadership.

“Small business is a world filled with sharp turns and complex occurrences that many have entered and few have mastered,” Spiro said.

“Therefore, it is vital that small business owners support one another in their endeavors and work together to make our communities better than when we started. I am fortunate enough to recognize the value of such an opportunity.”

Previous Winners

In addition to Chris Spiro, previous winners are:

    • Norman Love of Norman Love Confections
    • Pam Oakes of DIY Motor City
    • Felix Lluberes of Position Logic
    • Gary Mart of Global Tech LED LLC

The 2017 SBDC award ceremony, encompassing Distinguished Entrepreneur, Distinguished Small Business Advocate and Distinguished Innovator of Southwest Florida, will be May 10 at the Southwest Florida Performing Arts Center in Bonita Springs. For information and tickets, call (239) 745-3700.


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