ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR 2016

Image result for apollo supply logoThe 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year award goes to Jerry​ ​Bednarcik​ ​of Apollo​ ​Supply.​ ​Jerry​ ​is​ ​founder,​ ​owner​ ​and​ ​CEO​ ​of​ ​Apollo​ ​Supply.

The​ ​company​ ​that​ ​Jerry​ ​launched​ ​in​ ​1996​ ​has​ ​grown​ ​to​ ​become one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​top​ ​building​ ​suppliers​ ​in​ ​Northeast​ ​Ohio.​ ​Since​ ​its​ ​humble beginnings​ ​more​ ​than​ ​20​ ​years​ ​ago,​ ​Apollo​ ​Supply​ ​has​ ​employed​ ​more​ ​than​ ​15 full-time​ ​staff​ ​members.

Jerry​ ​took​ ​risks​ ​and​ ​started​ ​innovative​ ​programs​ ​that​ ​have​ ​benefited​ ​the region’s​ ​building​ ​market.​ ​One​ ​of​ ​its​ ​most​ ​recent​ ​programs​ ​is​ ​the​ ​Apollo Contractor​ ​Supply​ ​Line,​ ​a​ ​24/7​ ​hotline​ ​that​ ​will​ ​help​ ​contractors​ ​secure urgently​ ​needed​ ​materials​ ​at​ ​times​ ​when​ ​other​ ​suppliers​ ​are​ ​closed.

Because​ ​of​ ​recent​ ​growth,​ ​Jerry​ ​is​ ​expanding​ ​Apollo Supply​ ​by​ ​opening​ ​a​ ​second​ ​Lake​ ​County​ ​location​ ​in​ ​the​ ​near​ ​future. Jerry​ ​also​ ​promotes​ ​entrepreneurship​ ​by​ ​continuously​ ​sharing​ ​the knowledge​ ​and​ ​skills​ ​he​ ​has​ ​acquired​ ​over​ ​the​ ​years​ ​with​ ​his​ ​children.​ ​A multi-generational,​ ​family-owned​ ​business​ ​has​ ​always​ ​been​ ​Jerry’s​ ​dream.

What makes someone worthy of the Entrepreneur-of-the-Year Award?

Judging is based on the following criteria:

  • Has started or substantially grown a business in Lake or Geauga County
  • Has acted in a capacity to promote entrepreneurship in the area
  • Has demonstrated vision and willingness to take risks in growing/starting a business
  • Has demonstrated innovation by taking a business to new heights in
    creative and novel ways

The Entrepreneur-of-the-Year Award is sponsored by:

LCPA

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