The Charlotte Chamber and the Business Innovation and Growth Council, which recently merged with the Chamber, will honor a series of Charlotte entrepreneurs at the 22nd annual entrepreneur awards event on Sept. 14.

Winners will be recognized in three different categories based on company size.

The Trailblazer Award will also be presented. The three finalists are:

  • Keith Luedeman,

  • Reginald Bowser, Rollover Systems

  • Tana and Mike Green, StrataForce
  • The awards program will take place at The Westin Charlotte beginning at 6 PM.

    “The Trailblazer Award has become a coveted annual recognition within Charlotte’s entrepreneurial community,” said Mike McGuire, Carolinas managing partner for Grant Thornton. “We are pleased to be a part of this special event and look forward to participating in the Chamber’s Annual Entrepreneur Awards ceremony.”

    For the entrepreneur awards, the finalists are:

    1-10 employee category

    Melissa Swanson, Occasions Catering

    Dawn Newsome & Karen Ponischil, Moonlight Design Group

    Kristen White del Rosso, Pea Organizing Services

    11-35 employee category

    Rudy Alexander, The Elevator Channel

    Anthony Felice, Exervio Consulting

    Sandy Welton, Morehead Associates

    36-150 employee category

    Mark DeBoo, All American Roofing

    John Owens, Ameritrust Mortgage

    Will Simmons, Metal Recycling Services

    Charlotte Chamber: