EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Semifinalists Announced

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Two residents of Newport Beach and the CEO of a Newport-based company are among the semifinalists for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 Awards in Orange County. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

Some two dozen Orange County and Inland Empire business leaders were selected as semifinalists from 65 nominations by a panel of 15 independent judges.

Award winners will be announced at a gala event June 11 at The St. Regis Monarch Beach in Dana Point.

The semifinalists from Newport Beach include residents Steve Schulze & Alexis Schulze, Co-founders of Nekter Juice Bar Inc., and Joe Duran, CEO of United Capital Financial Advisers, LLC, Newport Beach.

Now in its 29th year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in 60 countries.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall National Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs on Nov. 14, 2015.

The US Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in Monaco in June 2016.

For more information, visit EY.com.

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