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Finalists Announced For Minnesota and Dakotas Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2004 Award

Business Wire - April 26, 2004

Winners to Be Announced at Awards Banquet on June 10 Professional services firm Ernst & Young LLP announced today the finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) 2004 Awards in Minnesota and the Dakotas. The finalists were selected by an independent panel of judges comprised of local community and business leaders. Winners will be announced at an awards banquet on June 10, 2004, at the Minneapolis Hilton and Towers.

The regional finalists for Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year are:

Minnesota and Dakotas winners will be eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2004 national program. Winners in several national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, Calif., in November 2004.

For reservations for the awards banquet on June 10, contact Erika Onsrud of Ernst & Young at (612) 371-8561 or erika.onsrud@ey.com by June 3. Tickets are $125 per person. For more information about the awards program, visit www.ey.com/us/eoy.

About The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) Awards

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program was created and is produced by professional services firm Ernst & Young LLP. As the first award of its kind, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic and growing businesses. The program honors entrepreneurs through regional, national and global award programs in more than 100 cities and 35 countries.

About Ernst & Young

Ernst & Young, a global leader in professional services, is committed to restoring the public's trust in professional services firms and in the quality of financial reporting. Its 103,000 people in more than 140 countries around the globe pursue the highest levels of integrity, quality, and professionalism to provide clients with solutions based on financial, transactional, and risk-management knowledge in Ernst & Young's core services of audit, tax, and transaction services. Ernst & Young practices also provide legal services in those parts of the world where permitted. Further information about Ernst & Young and its approach to a variety of business issues can be found at www.ey.com/perspectives. Ernst & Young refers to all the members of the global Ernst & Young organization.

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