Tradition of honoring small business owners will continue


NW-ISBDC Regional Director Lorri Feldt, speaking at last year’s event.

The tradition of celebrating small business owners will carry on, with the Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center going forward with its Entrepreneurial Excellence (E-Day) awards.

Nominations are now open for the 29th anniversary event, which highlights entrepreneurs and advocates making a difference in the region’s business community. Entrepreneurs from the seven-county NW-ISBDC area of La Porte, Lake, Porter, Jasper, Starke, Pulaski and Newton counties are eligible. Entreprenuers must also have a strong three-year track record.

“With COVID-19 causing so many challenges, we felt it was important to keep our E-Day tradition going strong,” said NW-ISBDC Regional Director Lorri Feldt. “Now, more than ever, our entrepreneurial community needs to know how much we support them and how vital they are to our region’s growth and prosperity.”

Nomination packets are being accepted through Thursday, Sept. 3 and are available by visiting or by calling the Northwest ISBDC office at (219) 644-3513.

Nominations may be made in the following categories: small business person of the year, entrepreneurial success, small business exporter, young entrepreneur, minority-owned small business person, family-owned business, emerging small business, and small business advocate.

The nomination process is open to the public.

Winners will be honored Thursday, Nov. 12. The format of the event will be determined closer to the date in order to ensure the safety of the honorees and the NW-ISBDC staff, Feldt said.

“We have always known that entrepreneurs have a high level of grit and determination,” she said. “But during COVID, we have seen so many display true perseverance and creativity by adapting and adjusting on almost a daily basis, as well as overcoming so many obstacles. We look forward to shining a spotlight on their stories and their resilience in this unprecedented year.”

Serving seven counties in the region, the NW-ISBDC offers no-cost assistance for entrepreneurs starting or expanding their businesses. Through one-on-one consulting, the NW-ISBDC helps guide small businesses toward their goals by offering referrals, workshops, training opportunities and other essential business tools. It is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Small Business Administration, the State of Indiana and other local partners.

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