Methodist University Opens Nominations for RSB Symposium Awards

Nominations for the Third Annual Reeves School of Business Symposium and Awards Dinner are now open to the general public. Seven awards will be given at this year’s Symposium, which will be held Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 at Embassy Suites Fayetteville/Fort Bragg.

“We are excited to recognize the outstanding leadership in our business community at this year’s symposium,” said Dr. Kimberly Scruton, dean of the Reeves School of Business. “Our goal through this event is to inspire, appreciate the forward-thinking leadership making a positive impact on our community, and to unite the Methodist University and business community through innovative and thoughtful discussion. We look forward to an evening filled with celebration, education, and fun.”

The public is encouraged to submit nominations for the following awards, which will be presented at the symposium in November:

  • Alumni Business Person of the Year – given to a graduate of Methodist University who has shown promise for a successful career.
  • Entrepreneur of the Year – a risk-taker in the free enterprise system; a person who sees opportunity and devises strategies to achieve specific objectives.
  • Business Person of the Year – presented to 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.
  • Greater Good Award – a professional who shows kindness, charity, humanity, love, and friendship to his or her associates.
  • Small Business Excellence Award – a business that employs less than 300 people and generates revenue of less than $15 million per year. The award committee also considers the creativity of the business, the uniqueness of its product or services, the employees’ welfare, and the contributions of the business to its community.
  • Silver Spoon Award – a person who, though not born with the proverbial spoon in his or her mouth, has originated and built a successful business recognized for its uniqueness in planning, production, or some other aspect of its operation. This business can be located anywhere in the United States.
  • Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur of the Year – must be a North Carolina resident who owns, has established, or manages a small business. The committee for this award will also consider the individual’s creativity, innovativeness, and personal contributions to and involvement with the community.

Nominations may be submitted online at or by downloading the nomination form at and returning it by mail. The nomination deadline is Friday, August 4. For more assistance or information, contact Pam Biermann at 910.630.7496.

About the Reeves School of Business

The Charles M. Reeves School of Business and Economics was founded in 1986. It offers accredited bachelor’s and master’s degree programs across a wide range of business disciplines, all designed to fashion and nurture the spirit of entrepreneurship and creative economic endeavors. By developing an understanding of the modern American economy, an appreciation of its power and institutional structure, and an ability to function effectively in it, students graduate with the knowledge needed to succeed in the business world. The Reeves School of Business is nationally accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.


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