SOURCE: Entrepreneurs’ Organization New Jersey

May 21, 2013 13:13 ET

2013 "Garden State Entrepreneur Excellence Award" Winners Named at Awards Gala

BOONTON, NJ--(Marketwired - May 21, 2013) -  The New Jersey chapter of Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO NJ) and The Star-Ledger/ last night announced the winners of the first annual Garden State Entrepreneur Excellence Award -- an award honoring New Jersey-based companies that exemplify the entrepreneurial spirit of the state. The Award was conferred at a gala on Monday evening, featuring a keynote address from legendary marketer and NJ-based entrepreneur, AJ Khubani, and honored entrepreneurs in three levels of distinction separated by 2012 revenues: Up to $1M, $1M-10M, and $10M+. The 2013 Garden State Entrepreneur Excellence Award winners are as follows:

WINNER: Revenues Over $10 Million
• Evan Steele, SRSsoft

WINNER: Revenues Between $1 Million-$10 Million
• Leon Baptiste, LB Electric Co., LLC

WINNER: Revenues Up to $1 Million
• Sharlene Vichness, Language Directions, LLC

Entries were judged by EO, The Star Ledger, and a celebrity judge: JJ Ramberg, host of MSNBC's Your Business. This award recognizes these local entrepreneurs for their drive, perseverance, business creativity and business success stories with an award as well as a year's membership in EO (for qualifying businesses), valued at $4,700. Winners who did not qualify received a year of mentorship from EO. The Garden State Entrepreneur Excellence Award was created as a way to recognize and connect successful New Jersey entrepreneurs, and to help cultivate even more business growth within the state by increasing awareness of EO and the significant resources it offers.

"The Garden State Entrepreneur Excellence Award recognizes these hardworking men and women who are so important to the business landscape of New Jersey," said Ramberg. "It was an honor to judge these awards and my heartfelt congratulations goes out to the winners and I thank EO NJ and all who entered for nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit in New Jersey."

About the Garden State Entrepreneur Excellence Award
Entrepreneurs' Organization New Jersey (EO NJ) and The Star Ledger have partnered to create the Garden State Entrepreneur Excellence Award to honor those who are building and leading successful and growing businesses in the Garden State. The Garden State Entrepreneur Excellence Award in New Jersey recognizes entrepreneurs who make a difference in their industry, with their employees and team, and with the community. For more information on the award, visit

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