One grand-prize winner will be chosen from among the category winners. The grand-prize winner will be announced at an awards ceremony June 10th at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in New York City.
The category winners are:
Service Provider, Under $1M in Sales: Casey Bankford of Slimbooks, www.slimbooks.com, whose slim books break the rules of publishing
(Tie) Simeon Schnapper of Youtopia, www.youtopia.com, which provides digital rewards for students
Service Provider, $1M-$5M in Sales: Mike Beirne of Vetted Capital, www.vettedcapital.com, which invests in veteran-led businesses
Service Provider, Over $5M in Sales: Mike Agugliaro of Gold Medal Service, www.goldmedalservice.com, which provides home services
Technology Provider, Under $1M in Sales: Jason McAninch of Jtek, www.gojtek.com, a tech recycling company
Technology Provider, $1M-$5M in Sales: Tom Dent ofICLOPS, www.iclops.com, which provides technology solutions for health care providers
(Tie) Shelley Armato of My Smart Plans, www.mysmartplans.com, project management software for construction companies
Technology Provider, Over $5M in Sales: Mitch Rothschild of Vitals, www.vitals.com, which helps consumers find health care providers
Retailers, Under $1M in Sales: Christina Daves of Cast Medic Designs, www.castmedicdesigns, which creates fashion casts
Retailers, Over $5M in Sales: Robert Blackwell of Killer Spin, www.killerspin.com, which designs and sells innovative table tennis products
(Tie)Ben Sayers of VoIP supply, www.voipsupply.com, an online retailer of VoIP products
Manufacturer, Under $1M in Sales: William Brimstone Kucmierowski of Hound Comics, www.houndcomics.com, a publishing company
(Tie) Kristin Elliott of Doodie Pack, www.doodiepack.com, which manufactures dog backpacks
Manufacturer, $1M-$5M in Sales: Ross Evans of Xtracycle, www.xtracycle.com, which manufactures cargo bikes
“We’re proud to honor entrepreneurs who have succeeded by doing it their way,” said Rieva Lesonsky, CEO of GrowBiz Media and a co-host of the RuleBreaker Awards.
“Choosing the winners was a difficult decision,” said co-host Mike Michalowicz, author of The Pumpkin Plan. “It was inspiring to discover so many entrepreneurs revolutionizing their industries.”
“All of our Rulebreakers have one thing in common: They’re passionate about making a difference in business,” said co-host Barry Moltz, author of How to Get Unstuck.
Winners were selected by a panel of judges including:
· Ken Yancey, CEO of SCORE
· JJ Ramberg, co-founder of Good Search and host of MSNBC’s Your Business
· Anita Campbell, founder, CEO and Publisher of Small Business Trends and BizSugar
· Ramon Ray, Marketing and Technology Evangelist of Smallbiztechnology.com and Infusionsoft
For more information, visit http://www.rulebreakerawards.com.
ABOUT RIEVA LESONSKY: Rieva Lesonsky is CEO of GrowBiz Media (http://www.growbizmedia.com), a media and custom content company focusing on small business and entrepreneurship. A nationally recognized speaker who regularly addresses audiences across the country, Rieva broke the rules by becoming the first female editorial director of a general business magazine; she was SVP/Editorial Director of Entrepreneur Magazine for more than 25 years.
ABOUT MIKE MICHALOWICZ:
ABOUT BARRY MOLTZ: Barry Moltz is the author of How to Get Unstuck: 25 Ways To Get Your Business Growing Again. He is a small business motivational speaker and radio talk show host. He breaks rules by showing there is nothing to learn from failure and demonstrates how to strive for minimal achievement.