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In all that we do at BizWest (the former Northern Colorado Business Report), in-print, online and in-person, we celebrate and encourage the most prevalent driving force in business – Entrepreneurs. Inspiring the spirit of entrepreneurship is a role vital to the economy of our region.

As we have done since 1998, we dedicate the Bravo! Entrepreneur Awards to rewarding entrepreneurs for their tenacity, their creativity, and their drive. By evening’s end each year, we have welcomed seven of our region’s most passionate business people into the academy of Bravo alumni.

We began planning Bravo in 1997, just two years after the first issue of Northern Colorado Business Report (now BizWest) hit the desks of like-minded entrepreneurs, by soliciting candidate nominations. Make a nomination for 2016 here. Every year we receive many nominations for candidates in each of our award categories. Read the criteria.

  • Bravo! Entrepreneur – Fort Collins
  • Bravo! Entrepreneur – Greeley
  • Bravo! Entrepreneur – Loveland
  • Bravo! Entrepreneur – Surrounding Community
  • Bravo! Entrepreneur – Emerging Entrepreneur
  • Bravo! Entrepreneur – Regional Spirit
  • Bravo! Entrepreneur – Lifetime Achievement

The number of nominations does not diminish the significance of a candidate’s success. Instead, it emphasizes the excellence of enterprise being created in Northern Colorado, and it highlights the important role of entrepreneurs in the world of business.

We believe everyone is an entrepreneur in a sense. Some chose to start enterprises and thrive as underdogs, being the little business in the giant world of global markets.

Some chose to strive for significant achievements within an existing business moving it up the ladder of success. Others work within an organization as an employee being the best at what they do and benefiting the company as well as their own personal enterprise. At each Bravo! Entrepreneur Award’s ceremony, we honor all of you. You richly deserve the accolades and applause of the Bravo! Entrepreneur Award.