Award Categories


  • Abraham Lincoln Lewis Champion Award

    The Abraham Lincoln Lewis awardee is an entrepreneur that has a tenacious drive and a commitment to improving the economic condition of the underserved community. These leaders have a clear and measurable strategy to address the social and economic needs in communities of color. As business owners, they have created companies that have a strong track record of business growth, sustainability, economic impact and success. In addition, they invest in their communities by creating jobs and aggressively hiring, employing, training, and mentoring ethnic minorities and people of color.

    Champion Entrepreneur Award

    The Champion Entrepreneur awardee is a business leader that embodies ambition, passion, assertiveness and persistence. Through the economic downturn, this visionary viewed challenges as opportunities to fine-tune their competitive advantage and rise above. They have an established history of both professional achievements and business successes. Their business acumen makes them industry leaders in their own right. Lifelong learners, they are also mentors, offering support and encouragement to fellow entrepreneurs.

  • Business Leadership Award

    The Business Leadership awardees are businesspersons that lead by example. They have demonstrated business success by creating strong, innovative and impactful businesses. As their businesses have grown, they have navigated through obstacles with agility and poise. Through their provision of quality service and products these business leaders have helped to create jobs, driving economic impact in their respective communities.

    Rising Business Award

    The Rising Business awardees are promising business owners that have recently started their companies. These innovative leaders have demonstrated courage to lead and drive their destinies, creating a positive economic impact in their respective communities.

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