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Finalists Honored in Annual Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards Program

Business Wire - April 20, 2001

Ernst & Young is pleased to announce the 20 finalists of this year's Minnesota and Dakotas Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) Awards program! This program recognizes entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. This year's finalists for the three-state area include:

Winners will be selected by a distinguished independent panel of judges and will be announced at a black-tie awards gala held at the Marriott City Center on June 14.

Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the program is nationally co-sponsored by USA Today, CNN, the Nasdaq Stock Market, and the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Joining in the search for the nation's best entrepreneurs are local sponsors Faegre & Benson, U.S. Bank, Marsh USA Inc. and Twin Cities Business Monthly. Recipients of the Entrepreneur Of The Year award become lifetime members of the Entrepreneur Of The Year Hall of Fame(R).

Ernst & Young, a global leader in professional services, helps clients to quickly and confidently make financial decisions designed to enhance value. Its 77,000 people in more than 130 countries have the industry and financial experience to provide fresh perspectives on operating successfully in the new economy. Ernst & Young offers traditional audit and tax services, as well as customized services in corporate finance, online security, risk management, the valuation of intangibles and e-business acceleration. In addition, legal services are available in various parts of the world where permitted. A collection of Ernst & Young's latest ideas on the new economy can be found at

Joining the celebration of leadership, the program is proudly supported by its local sponsorship group, including:

The law firm of Faegre & Benson helps emerging companies meet the legal challenges of regional, national, and international growth. Faegre & Benson offers more than 400 lawyers and, in addition to its Minneapolis headquarters, maintains offices in Colorado, Iowa, England, Germany, and China.

For decades, businesses across the country have placed their trust in U.S. Bank for sound advice, seasoned financial expertise, and innovative products and services tailored to their needs.

Marsh USA Inc. is the world leading risk and insurance services firm. We offer business, professional, institutional and public entity clients consistent, high quality risk management and related consulting services worldwide. Marsh has more than 300 offices in over 100 countries, and more than 32,000 employees worldwide.

Twin Cities Business Monthly is the area's leading business publication, read monthly by more than 70,000 business decision makers. In the last year, Twin Cities Business Monthly has been awarded "Best Regional Business Publication" by the Association of Area Business Publications and Folio: magazine.

Ernst & Young refers to the U.S. firm of Ernst & Young LLP and other members of the global Ernst & Young organization. Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) is a registered service mark of Ernst & Young LLP. Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) Hall of Fame is a registered trademark of Ernst & Young LLP.

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