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Welcome to the Midwest program

The future is not granted. It is born from the imagination of entrepreneurs.

The panel of independent judges in the Midwest who will select the class of Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 finalists knows what it takes to take an idea from vision to venture. Check back in the coming weeks to see which entrepreneurial leaders will be named 2017 regional finalists.


Key program dates

Nominations deadline
March 10, 2017

Finalists announced
April 20, 2017

Finalist reception
May 9, 2017 | Chicago, IL

Awards gala
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Navy Pier Grand Ballroom
600 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Strategic Growth Forum and National awards gala
November 15-19, 2017
JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
74-855 Country Club Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260

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Contact us

Have a question about our program? We'd love to hear from you!


Christine Dobson
Program Manager
Chicago, Illinois
+1 312 879 2470

Midwest Partner Ryan Butman

Ryan Butman
Chicago, Illinois ryan.butman@ey.com

Midwest Partner Shawn Puecher

Shawn Puechner
Milwaukee, Wisconsin