Every year, the Portland Business Journal releases a list of “40 under Forty,” the most notable Portland people who have managed to accomplish a great deal of business and civic good prior to hitting the “big four oh.” And every year, I anxiously thumb through the awards, hoping to see all of the awesome Portland entrepreneurs who are doing cool things around here.
Unfortunately, I’m usually disappointed. I mean, there are a bunch of great lawyers and CPAs and such. But startup types? Not so much.
So this year, I thought I’d see if we could stack the deck a bit. You see, nominations for the Portland Business Journal 40 under Forty are open.
We are looking for 40 FABULOUS executives under 40 years old; candidates who have character, achievement and involvement as a consistent theme in their career. Know somebody who fits this description? Nominate them! They will be featured in The Business Journal 40 Under Forty special publication and honored at an awards celebration at the Armory in the Pearl on February 18, 2010.
And yes, self-nominations are accepted and encouraged.
In addition to the basic info, you should be prepared to provide a reason for the nomination, as well as examples of the nominee’s leadership in business, awards, and civic contributions.
So get to it, you crazy kids. And start nominating those other, um, crazy kids.
I’ll look forward to opening the 40 under Forty issue next year and seeing some familiar faces—and introducing Portland to some of the amazing entrepreneurs here in town.
For more information, see the Portland Business Journal 40 under Forty nominations.