Each year the Metro Atlanta Chamber and the Atlanta Business Chronicle honor outstanding business professionals from around metro Atlanta through the Business Person of the Year Awards.
This year's celebration recognized entrepreneurs from three different stages of business - an “Experienced Entrepreneur,” with seven or more years of experience; an “Emerging Entrepreneur,” with three to seven years of experience; and an “Early Stage Entrepreneur,” with one to three years experience.
Candidates may also have the opportunity to be selected for a special judges awards. Award winners received:
- A special feature in the Atlanta Business Chronicle highlighting finalists from each category and their business
- Recognition by over 300 attendees at the MAC's Business Person of the Year Awards Luncheon on Thursday, June 6, 2013 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Ballroom at TWELVE in Atlantic Station
- Eligibility for nomination to the MAC's Board of Directors
- Primary owner or major shareholder of the business (only one applicant per company is eligible)
- Locally established for at least a year and meets the qualifications as identified in each category
- Fewer than 250 employees
Experienced Entrepreneur - 7+ Years
An entrepreneur who has owned their business for at least seven years and has demonstrated exemplary business achievement, customer growth, community leadership, industry influence and entrepreneurial success in the past year. This is also a business owner who has earned public recognition and serves as a mentor for other entrepreneurs.
Emerging Entrepreneur- 3-7 Years
A successful business owner who has owned their business for at least three years and not more than seven years and has demonstrated extraordinary financial success. This entrepreneur, displaying a solid business foundation with clear goals and future objectives for continued growth is a true inspiration to other individuals who are considering starting their own business.
Early-Stage Entrepreneur - 1-3 Years
A business owner who has owned their business for at least one year and not more than three years and has achieved exceptional new business start-up results in the past year. The accomplishments include: developing and achieving projected revenue goals, executing successful marketing awareness, creating business exposure in the marketplace and demonstrating business leadership in the community.