Ernst & Young LLP recently announced the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Award winners in the Upper Midwest. The award recognizes outstanding high-growth entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Finalists and winners were selected by an independent panel of judges and honored at a black-tie gala at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center on June 13th.

Collectively, the 2013 category award recipients grew their company’s employment by 37% and their revenues by 51% between 2010 and 2012. They include:

Coolibar, Inc. – John Barrow (St. Louis Park, Minnesota)

Genova Technologies – Dawn Ainger (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)

Hayneedle Inc. – Doug Nielsen (Omaha, Nebraska)

Hot Mama – Megan Tamte (Edina, Minnesota)

KLN Family Brands – Kenny Nelson (Perham, Minnesota)

MBI Energy Services, Inc. – James Arthaud (Belfield, North Dakota)

Milk Specialties Global – David Lenzmeier (Eden Prairie, Minnesota)

Pawn America – Brad Rixmann (Burnsville, Minnesota)

Spray Control Systems, Inc. – Craig Kruckeberg (Blooming Prairie, Minnesota)

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