Registration now open for Industry Appreciation Awards 2023

September 22, 2023



Registration is now open for Lee County’s 30th annual Industry Appreciation Awards 2023 and will close on Oct. 20. The 30th anniversary luncheon will be held on Oct. 27 at the Caloosa Sound Convention Center.

Hosted by the Horizon Council, Horizon Foundation and Lee County Economic Development, the awards will recognize 21 companies as finalists. Winners will be announced at the Industry Appreciation Awards luncheon at 11 a.m. on Oct. 27. The six award categories include Large Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, the Diversity in Business Award, the Innovative Technology Award, Manufacturer of the Year and the Nonprofit Partnership Award.

The event will begin with networking from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and will then transition into the awards luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Caloosa Sound Convention Center at 1375 Monroe St. in Fort Myers.

To register for the Industry Appreciation Awards 2023, please visit

About the Horizon Foundation

The Horizon Foundation was established in 1995-96 to provide a funding vehicle for businesses to invest in Lee County’s long-term economic development and vitality. In 2000, the Horizon Foundation received its IRS ruling as a charitable 501(c)(3) organization. The Foundation raises private-sector money to support efforts of the Lee County Economic Development Office and the Horizon Council to improve the area’s business climate. For more information, please visit, or call 239-533-6806.

About the Horizon Council

The Horizon Council is a public-private board established in 1991 to advise the Lee County Board of Commissioners on economic development issues. The Council has up to 80 members representing cities; chambers of commerce; economic development and trade organizations; community, business, and education organizations; along with various officers and at-large members. The Horizon Council is the voice of business in Lee County. The Council’s mission is to improve Lee County’s business environment, retain and encourage the expansion of existing businesses, and attract new and diversified employers. It is the only public-private partnership of Lee County Government and business leaders. Visit for more information.

About the Lee County Economic Development Office

The Lee County Economic Development Office provides business assistance to retain existing businesses, encourage entrepreneurship and attract new business to provide a strong economy and thriving communities. The office also works to improve opportunities for the workforce to advance skills and have access to career ladders. Lee EDO has published a Development Activity Story Map that allows the public to explore new private development projects and investment activity in the county. Visit for more information.