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Applications sought for 2018 Industry Appreciation Awards

May 17, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Horizon Council and Lee County Economic Development Office are seeking applications for the 2018 Industry Appreciation Awards, which celebrate the Lee County business community and recognize outstanding local businesses that have positively influenced Southwest Florida.

The honorees and finalists will be recognized during the Industry Appreciation luncheon Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Estero.

Applications must be received no later than June 29.

Businesses will be honored in five categories:

Business Citizenship 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. Awards will be given in two categories: Large (51-plus employees), Small (1-50 employees).

Nonprofit of the Year - Awarded 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 (Operating budget $1 million or more), Small (Operating budget under $1 million).

Diversity in Business Awarded to a business that has implemented programs in the workplace to create and promote diversity by employing initiatives within the organization and the 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.

Startup of the Year - Awarded to a company founded in Lee County in the last three to five years with demonstrated continued growth, both financially and in staffing, since startup, while leading and overcoming challenges.

Business of the Year - Awarded to a company in business six or more years in Lee County, under the same corporate name and ownership, which offers high-quality products and services, provides superior customer service, demonstrates strong ethical standards, is community-minded, supports employee development, exhibits exemplary leadership within its industry and among its clients and contributes to the economic growth and free enterprise of Lee County.

For applications or for additional information please go to or call 239-533-6800.

The Lee County Economic Develop-ment Office provides business assistance to retain existing businesses, encourage entrepreneurship and to attract new businesses to ensure Lee County has a strong economy, thriving communities and broadly shared prosperity. For additional information,

The Horizon Council is a public-private advisory board established in 1991 to advise the Lee Board of County Commis-sioners on economic development issues. The council's mission is to improve Lee County's business environment, retain and encourage expansion of existing businesses, and attract new and diversified employers. It is the only public-private partnership of Lee County Government and business leaders.

The Horizon Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organizations established as a fundraising vehicle enabling individuals and businesses to actively support the program of work of the Horizon Council and the Lee County Economic Development Office. For more information, visit or call 239-533-6800.


In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Lee County will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities in its services, programs, or activities.

To request an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or a reasonable modification to participate in this meeting, contact Joan LaGuardia, 239-533-2314, Florida Relay Service 711, or



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