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Ernst & Young LLP seeks nominations for the 27th annual Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, which recognizes those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses.

The deadline for applications is March 8, with the San Diego awards ceremony scheduled for June 13, at the Hyatt Regency Aventine in La Jolla.

Each year, Ernst & Young showcases successful entrepreneurs from more than 140 cities in 50 countries. In 2012, eight entrepreneurs from six companies in San Diego were selected as Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award winners, and one of them went on to become a National Entrepreneur of the Year finalist.

Last year, more than 600 entrepreneurs from across the nation were selected as Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award finalists from more than 1,700 nominations. Research compiled from these companies, which together employ nearly 700,000 workers, shows they achieved 30 percent job growth and 48 percent revenue growth between 2009 and 2011.

"Entrepreneurs continue to be a driving force in leading the economic recovery. Their ability to see around corners and find new, better ways of doing things makes them an engine of growth," said Bryan Pearce, Americas director of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year program. "The search is on for new award winners to build on the momentum from our 27-year history celebrating entrepreneurship."

Award winners are selected in a number of industry categories by an independently-governed panel of judges, who include previous winners of the award, leading CEOs, private capital investors and other regional business leaders. Entrepreneurs may nominate themselves or be nominated by peers and the community.

All regional honorees are invited to the national Entrepreneur of the Year awards gala, hosted by Jay Leno, on Nov. 16, in Palm Springs, Calif. The national awards gala is the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, a gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

The overall national U.S. winner will go on to compete for the World Entrepreneur of the Year title in Monaco in June 2014.

Entrepreneurs eligible for consideration include company founders, leaders of multigeneration family businesses and transformational public and private company CEOs. There is no fee. For information on Entrepreneur of the Year San Diego visit, www.ey.com/us/eoy/sandiego. And to nominate a candidate visit, https://eoy-nomination.ey.com.

The Entrepreneur of the Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In San Diego, local sponsors include: Union Bank, Marsh Insurance, Cox Business, Scherzer Investigations, and The Daily Transcript.

For more information, as well as nomination forms, contact: Kathy Beckman, program manager, Ernst & Young, 949-437-0236, Kathy.Beckman@ey.com.

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