It's time to nominate the young business leaders who made an impression in 2021 through innovation in their field and service to Central Minnesota.
For the 17th consecutive year, SC Times and LOCALiQ are proud to announce nominations are now open for the annual St. Cloud Times 5 Under 40 awards.
Do you know young business leaders who are making an impact in both career and community, and have the potential to help keep building their influence in the future? We want to hear about them!
Nominations for this year's 5 Under 40 class are being accepted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org through midnight Jan. 22. We'll need:
Your name and contact information
Your nominee's name, workplace and contact information
A statement about your nominee's achievements, influence and potential. Be detailed — this is the primary way judges (who are last year's winners) will make their decisions.
Nominees must be younger than 40 as of Dec. 31, 2021; do the majority of their work within 30 miles of St. Cloud; hold a leadership position in a for-profit or not-for-profit enterprise that runs like a business. Government employees (including those working for city, county, public school and state offices) cannot be considered unless they also have responsibility for a private sector business or nonprofit.
Honoring innovation and influence
As they have every for the past 17 years, the St. Cloud Times 5 Under 40 Class of 2021 will honor people who have demonstrated innovation, involvement and influence at their workplace and within their community.
Past 5 Under 40 winners have included Shelly Bauerly Kopel and Rick Bauerly of Granite Equity Partners, Michael Gohman of W. Gohman Construction and Brian Schoenborn of Moss & Barnett; Michelle Henderson of BadCat Digital; Sarah McGuire of Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid; Shannon Wiger; Luke Riordan and more.
How the 5 Under 40 are chosen
After nominations close at midnight Jan. 22, qualified nominees will be contacted and asked to provide information about themselves.
Then, the 5 Under 40 Class of 2020, along with two Times editors, will review the applications and winners selected.
The winners will be announced online and in print in March, and the awards celebration is tentatively scheduled for March 15, so save the date!
This article originally appeared on St. Cloud Times: Nominations now open for St. Cloud Times 5 Under 40 Class of 2021