Five businesses named to EBE Hall of FameWritten by Sarah Ottney | Managing Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
Five area businesses were recently announced as this year’s Entrepreneurial & Business Excellence Hall of Fame (EBE HOF) honorees.
Honored for business excellence are The Blarney Irish Pub and Focaccia’s Deli, The Danberry Co. Realtors, and Meyer Hill Lynch. Honored for excellence in family business is Toft Dairy. Honored for excellence in startup innovation is MAGNETNotes Ltd.
The companies will be inducted during a public ceremony Nov. 7 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 for Business Advocacy will be announced at the event.
The EBE HOF recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs and business leaders who have built and sustained growing businesses and created jobs in the region as well as businesses that display technological innovation, said Adam Davenport, EBE HOF chairman and president of Gorillas & Gazelles, founding sponsor of the event.
“It seems that every year is more difficult for our independent judges panel to decide among that year’s honorees,” Davenport said in an email to Toledo Free Press. “Every year the caliber grows and the various industries of the nominees are very diverse. Annually, we honor companies from different counties in the region.”
More than 700 people representing more than 300 regional companies attended last year’s induction ceremony and a similar number is expected this year, Davenport said.
This year marks the 25th annual ceremony of what began as the Entrepreneur of the Year program in 1989, brought to the area by Larry Davenport, formerly of Ernst & Young, Davenport said. In 2006, Gorillas & Gazelles founded the EBE HOF, which took over the inductions.
“We have been told over the years by many people that the EBE Hall of Fame is the business event of the region that people don’t want to miss,” Davenport said. “Some people have attended the event for the past 24 years and have told us that they are not going to stop attending. The networking and the stories and videos of our honorees and their companies are very motivational.
“Every year we have attendees tell us the honorees are often companies they have never heard about and they have worked in this area their entire career. It is truly humbling that we are one of the annual events that brings together people of all ages to showcase the positive and motivational stories in one place at one time.”
The event, presented by Bowling Green State University College of Business’ Dallas-Hamilton Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, was founded by Gorillas & Gazelles in partnership with Davenport, Hanf & Company LLC, BDO, Regional Growth Partnership, JobsOhio and the University of Toledo.
For more information, visit www.ebehof.com.