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Deadline Extended for Florida Family Business Award Nominations

Published: February 18, 2004
The nomination deadline for the fourth annual Florida Family Business of the Year Awards has been extended until Friday, March 5. The awards, presented by the John H. Sykes College of Business at The University of Tampa, recognize the best of Florida’s family-owned, family-operated businesses. The original deadline was Feb. 13.

Winners will be awarded at a half-day program on Friday, May 14. Nominations remain active for three years. All family businesses headquartered in Florida are eligible, and self-nominations are encouraged.


More than 240 business and community leaders from around the state attended last year’s event, at which Creative Recycling and the McNichols Company from Tampa, Quality Plywood from Clearwater, the Scott McRae Automotive Group from Jacksonville, Certified Slings from Casselberry (near Orlando), and the Staff Restaurant from Ft. Walton Beach received recognition as winners, and several businesses from elsewhere in the Sunshine State were acknowledged as finalists.  


“Family business continues to be the solid foundation for the Florida and U.S. economies,” said Joe McCann, dean of UT’s Sykes College of Business.  “While other economic sectors suffer, family owned and controlled businesses are healthy and growing.  This program is dedicated to making sure that growth continues.”


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