Finalists have been selected for the Northern Colorado Business Report's 2012 Bravo! Entrepreneur awards.

The finalists include one entrepreneur from each major city in the Business Report's coverage area - Fort Collins, Greeley and Loveland - and one from the surrounding areas, as well as an Emerging Entrepreneur.

As always, a Regional Spirit Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award will also be presented in recognition of those who have contributed to Northern Colorado's business community. The finalists are:

Fort Collins

Sunil Cherian, Spirae
Bob Wilson, Columbine Health Systems
Cliff Buchholz, Miramont Lifestyle Fitness


Byron Bateman, Cache Bank & Trust
Bruce White and Dale Butcher, Conquest Oil Co.
Chalice Springfield, Sears Real Estate


Charles Maloy, E.I. Medical Imaging
Marcia Coulson, Eldon James
Bob and Marilyn Stone, Porter Industries

Surrounding Communities

Chauncey and Christy Taylor, Johnson's Corner
Henry Obermeyer, Obermeyer Hydro
John Shaw, DaVinci Sign Systems

Emerging Entrepreneur

Ray Schofield and Bob Flynn, Green Ride Colorado
Mark Kollar, St. Renatus
Justin Bzdek, Symbios Technologies

Regional Spirit

Better Business Bureau serving Northern Colorado and Wyoming
CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital
The Lincoln Center

Lifetime Achievement

Richard Boettcher, Professional Finance Co.
Jack Devereaux, Home State Bank
Dr. Don Cook, Monfort Children's Clinic
Norm Dean
Rich and Colleen Laub, Institute of Business and Medical Careers
Carl and Loren Maxey, Maxey Manufacturing
Spiro Palmer, Palmer Flowers, Palmer Properties

The Bravo! awards, a celebration of the spirit of entrepreneurialism and business excellence, will be held March 8 at the Union Colony Civic Center in Greeley.

This year, Bravo! is paired with the Monfort College of Business E-Challenge Awards. Along with the seven Bravo! honorees, the winners of the E-Challenge will be announced onstage at UCCC with an honoree reception to follow.

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