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Applications Open for 2021 EntreCon® Awards

  • Sep 17, 2021
  • Morgan Milbradt
It's time to apply for an EntreCon® Award, presented by Cox Business! It's time to apply for an EntreCon® Award, presented by Cox Business!

Studer Community Institute is excited to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2021 EntreCon® Awards presented by Cox Business.

These awards honor the achievements and economic impact individuals and businesses have on a community and the winners are celebrated at a special virtual ceremony on the evening of Nov. 15. 

One very special award featured this year is the “The John Myslak Award for Servant Leadership.” This award is given to a leader who enriches the lives of others, builds better organizations, and ultimately helps create a more just and caring world.

“That is what our friend and colleague John Myslak did in our community,” says SCI Founder Quint Studer, “and we honor his memory by recognizing others who live their lives as fully as he did.”

2020 John Myslack Award Winner, Willie Kirkland Jr.

                                                                                      2020 John Myslack Award Winner, Willie Kirkland Jr.

In addition to this award, 13 other prestigious award categories are accepting applications now through Oct. 1. These categories aim to honor businesses at every stage in their life cycle, from start-ups to large corporations, including:

  • Entrepreneur of the Year: This award recognizes an entrepreneur who has a creative product or service that solves a problem in the marketplace. They are highly ambitious, serve as community leaders, and work to improve the quality of life for others through either employment or serving others.
  • Minority-Owned Business of the Year: This award recognizes a minority-owned small business that has attained outstanding business achievement while showing social responsibility, creativity, and leadership; all to improve and grow the community.
  • Nonprofit of the Year: This award recognizes a nonprofit organization that shows dedication to improving the quality of life in the community through volunteering, partnerships, or fundraising. Winners will be able to share how they have effectively used these skills to further their mission and improve the community.

The full list of award categories and the link to apply can be found at The application deadline is Friday, Oct. 1 at 5 p.m. CST.

“Cox Business is a proud supporter of innovators, entrepreneurs, and small businesses. We believe that investing in these enterprises and helping them grow is important to the future of our community,” shares Kristin Taylor, Manager of Marketing for Cox Business in Florida and Georgia.

“EntreCon® provides invaluable insights for local business leaders to develop and grow, and Cox Business is honored to be an active partner in that growth.”

2020 Female-Owned Business of the Year Winner, Titanium Wireless

2020 Female-Owned Business of the Year Winner, Titanium Wireless

More About EntreCon® 2021: The BIG Reset

EntreCon® is SCI’s signature business, leadership and entrepreneurship conference, presented by the Pensacola International Airport. The event offers leaders from across all industries an opportunity to grow together on Nov. 17 and 18 in vibrant downtown Pensacola (or virtually).

The 2021 theme is, “The BIG Reset,” offering professionals a chance to renew, recharge, and reconnect with one another after a mostly virtual 2020. The event features big-name keynote speakers as well as a variety of breakout sessions organized into four learning tracks.

This year’s conference is made possible by the support of its sponsors, including but not limited to: Pensacola International Airport, Cox Business, Catalyst Healthcare Real Estate, University of West Florida Center for Entrepreneurship, Co:Lab Pensacola, First Onsite, Centennial Bank, Clark Partington, Baptist Health Care, Digital Boardwalk, iFolio, Vivid Bridge Studios, 3Sixty Marketing and more.

To learn more and reserve your 2-day pass, please visit

2021 EntreCon Sponsors


More About Studer Community Institute

Studer Community Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Their mission is to improve the quality of life for all people in the diverse communities they serve. For more information on all our programs and services, please visit

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