2023 Entrepreneur of the Year Recipient:
Thank you to our past Entrepreneur of the Year Sponsors
About the Entrepreneur of the Year Program
The Parkland College Foundation awards the V. Dale Cozad Entrepreneur of the Year annually to an individual who demonstrates the best traits of entrepreneurship including being a leader, a self-starter, willingness to take risks, drive perseverance, discipline, confidence, a strong worth ethic and passion.
Award recipients are celebrated each year in partnership with the Founding members of the Parkland College Entrepreneurial Program, the result of a partnership between the college and community members, committed to developing strong, educated leaders for today’s workforce.
The Entrepreneurial Program provides scholarships to students demonstrating potential for growth as future managers, leaders, and innovators, for immediate entry into District 505 industries and companies. Ultimately, the program aims to increase the number of graduates with a strong work ethic and commitment to excellence that supports existing industry, creating a more attractive community to future employers.
Cozad Asset Management
Donald C. Dodds, Jr.
Meyer Charitable Foundation
TSM Ventures, Inc. - Stewart Family
Westchester Group, Inc.
V. Dale Cozad Entrepreneur of the Year Award Recipients
2010 Clinton Atkins
2011 Rick Stephens
2012 Dwight Miller
2013 Rudy Frasca
2014 Murray Wise
2015 Steve Hillard
2016 Lori Gold Patterson
2017 Jeff Hartman
2018 Robert J. Libman Family
2019 David J. Downey
Lifetime of Entrepreneurship Award
2014 Roy Lambert
2015 George Shapland
2019 John and Marge Albin
Student Entrepreneurial Opportunities
Parkland College provides students with several entrepreneurial opportunities including: