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Franchise Notables Inducted into Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame


Since 2002, the likes of Mary Kay Ash (think pink Cadillacs and cosmetics), P.T. Barnum (circus) and Ted Turner (colorized Hollywood classics) have been inducted into the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame in Atlanta, but the inductees were never given an awards ceremony until this year. Legendary entrepreneurs have been recognized online and through displays at the museum, but December 1 marked the first time a public display of affection was associated with the award—the creation of Mitch Schlimer, the event’s organizer and a serial entrepreneur in his own right. Schlimer is the Internet radio host of “Let’s Talk Business.”

The awards recognize entrepreneurs who have made a significant impact on society. This year’s inductees included Spanx creator Sara Blakely, Subway founder Fred DeLuca, Harris Rosen of Rosen Hotels & Resorts, Chick-Fil-A founder Truett Cathy, restaurateur David “Famous Dave” Anderson and the late Don Dwyer of The Dwyer Group. Dina Dwyer-Owens, who now heads the Dwyer Group, accepted the award for her father.

In addition, Raymond Margiano, founder and CEO of Foot Solutions, received the veteran entrepreneurship award; National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship founder Steve Mariotti was recognized for his philanthropic work; and MeetMe founders Dave and Catherine Cook were the youth entrepreneurship award recipients.

Schlimer said he created the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame as a way of recognizing innovative minds and inspiring young generations to pursue their own entrepreneurial ambitions.

For more pictures of the event, check out Franchise Times’ Facebook page.

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