Join an elite group. For more than 28 years, the Metro Atlanta Chamber and the Atlanta Business Chronicle have recognized the top start-ups and entrepreneurs in metro Atlanta at the Business Person of the Year awards luncheon. Be part of the 2014 tradition by nominating a candidate, applying yourself or attending the luncheon.    

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 judge's award. 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 Friday, June 6, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at The Ritz Carlton Atlanta
  • Eligibility for nomination to the MAC's Board of Directors 

Award Criteria:

  • 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

Categories:

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.

Check out what the 2013 winner's have to say:

“Winning the Metro Atlanta Chamber’s 2013 Business Person of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award was a tremendous honor for me and our company. When the award was announced, I don’t know who was more surprised – me or those who were there to lend their support - my partners and staff, my wife or my children! The award was certainly a boost internally and I was truly humbled by the recognition expressed by our clients and friends within the greater Atlanta community.” - Robert Balentine, Chairman & CEO, Balentine. 

"It was such a privilege to be able to participate in the Metro Atlanta Chambers Business Person of the Year event. All through the process I kept being surprised as I advanced through the stages and couldn’t have been more surprised to be picked a winner. So surprised that I actually forgot to thank my wife at the awards banquet! The acknowledgement by the MAC has enabled me to greatly expand my network throughout Georgia this past year and the award has been a boost to the morale and the commitment of my employees who are determined to make a difference around the world." - Rich Cavagnaro, President, Adedge Water Technologies, LLC.  

"The Metro Atlanta Business Person of the Year Award has become a prestigious badge of honor in the Atlanta community.  Every nominee is a talented leader and I was pleasantly surprised to be considered among the group.  Winning the award in 2013 was a tremendous privilege, and the recognition that accompanies the award is truly humbling." - Mark Gilreath, Founder & CEO, EndoChoice Inc.

 

Important Dates:

  • Nominations due April 15, 2014
  • Applications due April 16, 2014
  • 1st round interviews May 6, 2014 at MAC
  • 2nd round interviews May 14, 2014 at MAC
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