An individual and several businesses have been recognized with the annual Richland Rotary Entrepreneurial Awards.
Bernie Hansen received the Sam Volpentest Entrepreneurial Leadership Award, or Sammy. Hansen has worked to boost entrepreneurial growth in the Tri-Cities since 1995; first as a consultant, then as a subcontractor and finally as a part-time employee of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He specializes in strategic planning, financial analysis and business turnarounds.
Hansen has taught "Business Plan Boot Camp" at Washington State University Tri-Cities and leads the Three Rivers Entrepreneur Network and PNNL's Mentor Protégé Program and has helped more than 70 Tri-City companies succeed.
The following companies received Entrepreneurial Awards for showing exemplary spirit of entrepreneurial success: Almond Orthodontics, Ikon Marketing Group, Racing Limos of Tri-Cities, Savage Logistics, Silk Road Environmental, WinTech Computer Services, Wine O'clock and Zero Gravity Builders Studio.
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The awards are sponsored by the Richland Rotary Club, Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce, TRIDEC, PNNL and the Port of Benton.