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Southeastern Connecticut is a harbor for continual community growth, business resilience and overall prosperity. Our unparalleled small businesses offer experiences unlike anywhere else in the world as they thrive alongside nationally recognized businesses including two of the nation’s most brilliant casinos and other industry leaders like Electric Boat, Pfizer and a thriving tourist economy.   All of this progress occurs directly in the midst of some of New England’s most breathtaking nature and water views. Passionate people work to shape the lively economic atmosphere that we here in Southeastern Connecticut enjoy each and every day.

We are very fortunate to have so many talented, committed and entrepreneurial individuals who care not only about growing our economy, but also about giving back and paving the way for future generations. Please join us as we recognize young professionals who are making tremendous contributions to our community and the lives of their fellow citizens.  It is because of these dedicated people that Southeastern Connecticut will continue to thrive and to be an amazing place to work and live.   The Southeastern Connecticut 40 Under Forty Awards Committee invites you to be a vital part of recognizing the achievements of those that are working to make our community stronger!

The 2nd Annual Southeastern Connecticut 40 Under Forty Award celebration will be held on Friday, January 10, 2014, 6pm, at MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort Casino. This event honors citizens of southeastern Connecticut under the age of forty who consistently demonstrate excellence in their profession, as well as leadership, commitment, and service to the region.

The Southeastern Connecticut 40 Under Forty Awards are produced as a joint effort between the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce, Greater Westerly-Pawcatuck Area Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce and The Day.

Nomination Criteria and Guidelines
To be eligible for a Southeastern Connecticut 40 Under Forty Award, the individual must meet the following requirements:
• The Nominee must not have reached forty years of age by January 1, 2014.
• The Nominee must work and/or reside in the Southeastern Connecticut region.
• Nominee must be present to accept the award on January 10, 2014, 6 p.m., at MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort Casino
• The individual must have demonstrated selfless service and commitment to the southeastern CT community.
• The individual must have demonstrated leadership initiatives that improve the quality of life in the southeastern CT community.  Some examples include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Promoting collaborative efforts that benefit the community and/or solve community problems
2. Developing creative usage of historic site or re-use of underutilized structure that enhances the local economy
3. Establishing a new program or event that contributes to the quality of life in southeastern Connecticut
4. Overcoming a significant obstacle or tragedy and turned the situation into something positive for the community
5. Undertaking  measures to foster a program to encourage local shopping
6. Creating a positive work environment that promotes professional and personal growth
7. Achieving professional excellence within their industry while balancing extensive community service

• The individual must excel within at least 1 of the following industry categories:

• Arts & Entertainment   • Financial Services    • Non-Profit Organization
 • Business & Entrepreneurship  • Government & Public Affairs  • Real Estate
 • Community Service  • Legal  • Technology & Sciences
 • Engineering, Architecture, & Design  • Marketing, PR, & Advertising  • Youth & Education
   • Medicine and Healthcare  

GALA TICKETS:  General Admission Tickets $75.  Price includes the Award Program and the celebration which includes food stations with a cash bar, networking, and dancing to live band.

IMPORTANT DATES & DEADLINES: Please note: Nominations close:

NOMINATIONS OPEN:    Sunday September 15, 2013, noon  
NOMINATIONS CLOSE:    Friday, October 4, 2013, noon. Nomination received later than this date/time will not be considered.
WINNERS NOTIFIED:    Friday, October 11, 2013
AWARD CELEBRATION:    Friday, January 10, 2014, 6 p.m.

NOMINATIONS JUDGING: The Nominations Committee will tackle the difficult job of selecting 40 finalists from an expected field of more than 100 nominations. The Judges committee consists of respected and accomplished members of the Southeastern Connecticut community.  All applications will first be certified as having been submitted completely and meeting the criteria.  Next, all applications will be reviewed and given individual scores for professional achievements and for community involvement. The committee will meet and discuss each application and vote on the final 40 selected honorees.

 Each honoree receives, at a minimum:

- 1 complimentary admission to the Southeastern Connecticut 40 Under Forty Award gala on January 10 2014
- An attractive, personalized award
- Recognition in the Southeastern Connecticut 40 Under Forty event program
- Recognition via power point presentation during the celebration
- A mini biography and photo in an edition of The Day
- Invaluable bragging rights!
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