Four businesses to be inducted into EBE HOF Nov. 6Written by Sarah Ottney | Managing Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
Four area businesses will be inducted into this year’s Entrepreneurial & Business Excellence Hall of Fame (EBE HOF) on Nov. 6.
Honored for business excellence will be American Broadband + Telecommunications, Hanson Inc. and The Oasis Restaurant & Delivery. Honored for excellence in family business will be Rima Manufacturing Company.
The EBE HOF recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs and business leaders who have built and sustained growing businesses and created jobs in the region, said Adam Davenport, EBE HOF chairman and president of Gorillas & Gazelles, founding sponsor of the event.
The companies will be inducted during a public ceremony Nov. 6 at The Pinnacle, 1772 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee. Networking will start at 5:30 p.m. with the first set of awards announced at 6:30 p.m. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $85.
The winner of the Davenport-Longenecker Lifetime Achievement Award will also be announced at the event.
The EBE HOF began as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year program in 1989, brought to the area by Adam’s father, Larry Davenport. In 2006, Gorillas & Gazelles founded the EBE HOF, which took over the inductions.
“It’s the business event of the year,” Larry said.
More than 700 people attended last year’s induction ceremony and the event grows each year, Adam said.
“That proves and validates that we are doing something really great for the community and people need to know about the positive aspects going on in this area,” he said.
Nominees come from businesses within about 60 miles of Toledo and winners are chosen by an independent panel of judges.
Starting last year for the 25th anniversary of the business awards, the EBE HOF started hosting speakers and other events throughout the year.
“Each year we get bigger and better and bring different ideas. There are a few things we have in the works this year that we hope are going to blow away the audience.”
New this year is the formation of Women of EBE, a branch of the EBE HOF for female inductees as well as member spouses.
For more information, visit www.ebehof.com.