Entrepreneur of the Year Description

This award recognizes those who are at the heart of the entrepreneurial ecosystem, in any sector. They dream big – the sky is no limit to bold ambitions. They light the way for others, giving boundless energy to their business, their people, customers and community.  Awarded to an individual who has impacted Central Oregon’s entrepreneurship through exemplary activities and leadership of their company and their engagement in the entrepreneurial community. This award, recognizes the accomplishments and operational successes of this individual’s business and their contributions to the social, cultural and economic well-being of their community. This individual has demonstrated community leadership and entrepreneurial initiative, and has a strong vision for change.

Nominee must play a significant role in a business’s operation and management that has been fully operational for at three years.

  • Must be an owner, CEO or CEO equivalent of a private or for-profit business and be responsible for the company’s recent performance
  • Nominee must reside and/or operate his or her business in Deschutes County
  • Nominee must be financially stable and operational for at least three years
  • Nominee must be a member in good standing of the Bend Chamber of Commerce at the time of application submission and award presentation
  • If selected as an award finalist, at least one representative from the business must attend the Bend Chamber SAGE Awards


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