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Award Recipients

To achieve its goals, the Center for Entrepreneurship relies on the ambition, talent, professionalism and drive of successful entrepreneurs in our community. Each year, to further promote and nurture business success, the Center honors area entrepreneurs and business leaders through its awards programs:

  • Entrepreneur of the Year - A risk-taker in the free enterprise system: a person who sees an opportunity and then devises strategies to achieve specific objectives.
  • Business Person of the Year - An executive who makes great contributions, not only to the successful operation of local business and industry, but also to the civic and cultural life of the community.
  • American Business Ethics Award (sponsored by the Society of Financial Service Professionals) - The American Business Ethics Award (ABEA) recognizes U.S. companies that exemplify high standards of ethical behavior in their everyday business conduct and in response to crises or challenges. Established in 1994 by the Society of Financial Service Professionals, this award program embodies the Society's 75-year advancement of sound business ethics in insurance and financial services, especially among its more than 25,000 members. The ABEA will recognize an employer with fewer than 250 employees at the annual Stock Market Symposium. Financial service companies and non-profit organizations are excluded from award consideration due to their close association with the Society
  • Economics and Business Alumnus of the Year is awarded to a graduate of Methodist University who has shown promise for a successful career.
  • The Silver Spoon Award - The Silver Spoon Award is given to a person who, though not born with the proverbial spoon in his/her mouth, has originated and built a successful business recognized for its uniqueness in planning, production, or some other aspect of its operation. The business can be located anywhere in the United States.
  • The Small-Business Excellence Award - A small business is one that employs fewer than 300 persons and generates revenue of less than $15 million per annum. The Excellence Award committee will also consider the creativity of the business, the uniqueness of the product, the employees' welfare and the contributions of the business to its community.
  • The Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur Award - The recipient must be a North Carolina resident who owns, has established, or manages a small business. The Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award committee will also consider the individual's creativity, innovativeness, and personal contributions to and involvement with the community.
  • Greater Good Award - A professional who has shown kindness, charity, humanity, love, and friendship to his/her associates.

To submit a nomination for any of the above awards please contact the Center at 910-630-7642 or