Industry Appreciation Awards LOGOThe Horizon Council, Horizon Foundation and Lee County Economic Development Office have announced finalists for the Industry Appreciation Awards 2022.

Following a rigorous evaluation process, 17 companies have been selected as finalists across six awards categories. Winners will be announced at the Industry Appreciation Awards ceremony on Feb. 10.

The Industry Appreciation Awards celebrate Lee County businesses that drive the local economy, employ our workforce and shape their industries.

Finalists are listed in alphabetical order and include the following businesses:

  • Inclusion & Diversity Award: Cushman & Wakefield, Minaya Learning Solutions and Peyko Venue
  • Technology Award: Inceptus, Mashgrape Technologies and Vectra Digital
  • Innovator of the Year: C3 Investment Group and My Undercover Agent
  • Manufacturer of the Year: Advanced Hurricane Technology, Inc., Aerox Aviation Systems and HF scientific
  • Small Business of the Year: Apex Painting Group, RG Architects and Spiro & Associates Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations and Brand Architecture
  • Large Business of the Year: Henderson, Franklin, Starnes, & Holt P.A., Seagate Development and Storm Smart Building Services

Nominations were accepted through July 15, 2022. Finalists and winners are selected by a panel of esteemed community and business leaders, including previous winners.

The Industry Appreciation Awards will be held Friday, Feb. 10 at Caloosa Sound Convention Center, 1375 Monroe St. in Fort Myers. Networking begins at 10 a.m., and the lunch and awards program runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, please visit IndustryAppreciationAwards.com.

About the Horizon Foundation

The Horizon Foundation was established in 1995-96 to provide a funding vehicle for businesses to invest in Lee County’s long-term economic development and vitality. In 2000, the Horizon Foundation received its IRS ruling as a charitable 501(c)(3) organization. The Foundation raises private-sector money to support efforts of the Lee County Economic Development Office and the Horizon Council to improve the area’s business climate. For more information, please visit LeeCountyBusiness.com/Horizon-Foundation or HorizonCouncilFoundation.com, or call 239-533-6800.

About the Horizon Council

The Horizon Council is a public-private board established in 1991 to advise the Lee County Board of Commissioners on economic development issues. The Council has up to 80 members representing cities; chambers of commerce; economic development and trade organizations; community, business, and education organizations; along with various officers and at-large members. The Horizon Council is the voice of business in Lee County. The Council’s mission is to improve Lee County’s business environment, retain and encourage the expansion of existing businesses, and attract new and diversified employers. It is the only public-private partnership of Lee County Government and business leaders. Visit LeeCountyBusiness.com/Horizon-Council for more information.

About the Lee County Economic Development Office

The Lee County Economic Development Office provides business assistance to retain existing businesses, encourage entrepreneurship and attract new business to provide a strong economy and thriving communities. The office also works to improve opportunities for the workforce to advance skills and have access to career ladders. Lee EDO has published a Development Activity Story Map that allows the public to explore new private development projects and investment activity in the county. Visit LeeCountyBusiness.com for more information.