Entrepreneurs' Organization Launches First "Garden State Entrepreneur Excellence Award"

BOONTON, N.J., March 20, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The New Jersey chapter of Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO NJ) and The Star-Ledger/NJ.com announced a call for entries for the first annual Garden State Entrepreneur Excellence Award (www.GardenStateEntrepreneur.com). EO NJ and the Star Ledger have partnered to create this award to honor New Jersey-based companies that exemplify the entrepreneurial spirit of the state. The 2013 Garden State Entrepreneur Excellence Award will be conferred in three levels of distinction by 2012 revenue levels: Under $1M, $1M-$10$ and $10M+. Entries will be judged by EO, The Star Ledger, and a celebrity judge: JJ Ramberg, host of MSNBC's Your Business.

Winners will be recognized for their drive, perseverance, business creativity and business success stories with an award as well as a year's membership in EO (for qualifying businesses; those who don't qualify will receive a year of mentorship from EO). The Garden State Entrepreneur Excellence Award was created as a way to recognize and connect successful New Jersey entrepreneurs, and to help cultivate even more business growth within the state by increasing awareness of EO and the significant resources it offers.

"EO is a global organization that helps entrepreneurs continue to grow professionally and personally, and we are excited to honor successful New Jersey businesses and people who are making a difference in their industry," said Carl Gould, President of the New Jersey Chapter of EO. "As the leading source for business news in our state, The Star Ledger is a natural partner and we are honored to be working with them."

Garden State Entrepreneur Excellence Award eligibility and program details are available online at www.GardenStateEntrepreneur.com, where entries will be accepted through April 17, 2013. The three finalists in each category will be announced on May 6, 2013 and invited to an awards gala on May 20, 2013 where the winners of the first annual Garden State Entrepreneur Excellence Award will be named.

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About the Garden State Entrepreneur Excellence Award

Entrepreneurs' Organization New Jersey (EO NJ) and The Star Ledger have partnered to create the Garden State Entrepreneur Excellence Award to honor those who are building and leading successful and growing businesses in the Garden State. The Garden State Entrepreneur Excellence Award in New Jersey recognizes entrepreneurs who make a difference in their industry, with their employees and team, and with the community. For more information on the award, visit www.GardenStateEntrepreneur.com.

About the Entrepreneurs' Organization

The Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) is a dynamic global business network of 8,000+ business owners in 40 countries. Founded in 1987 by a group of young entrepreneurs, the year 2012 marked EO's 25th anniversary. With its transformative experiences and unparalleled peer network, EO transforms the lives of the entrepreneurs who transform the world. EO is the catalyst that enables entrepreneurs to learn and grow from each other, leading to greater business success and an enriched personal life. Membership in one of EO's 121 chapters is by invitation only; the average member is 41 years old with annual revenues of $17.3 million. For more information on EO, visit www.eonetwork.org or call 703.519.6700.

About JJ Ramberg / MSNBC Your Business

JJ Ramberg is the host of MSNBC's Your Business, the only television show dedicated to issues affecting small business owners. Now in its seventh season, the program has profiled hundreds of small business owners and featured advice from countless small business experts and investors. She is also co-author of the bestselling book It's Your Business – 183 Essential Tips that Will Transform Your Small Business. JJ is passionate about small business and has firsthand experience as an entrepreneur herself. With her brother, she co-founded GoodSearch.com, a company which transforms every day actions into ways to support your favorite cause. GoodSearch has raised nearly $10 million for the nonprofits and schools listed with the site.

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Source: Entrepreneurs' Organization New Jersey