CLEVELAND, May 30, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- EY today announced that Joe Matejka, President of Custom Fundraising Solutions and founder of "The Mattress Fundraiser", is a finalist for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award in the Northeast Ohio region. The awards program, which is celebrating its 31st year, recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Matejka was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 22nd at the Hilton Downtown Cleveland hotel.
"I had the idea to combine two stagnant industries (fundraising and traditional retail mattress sales) to create a fundraiser that offered value to the community while providing much needed dollars for schools. The Mattress Fundraiser was born. In 2017, CFS will work with over 2000 schools, and has raised over $25 million since 2005.
Being an entrepreneur requires an unshakable belief in yourself and your ideas. Encouraging people to push themselves farther than they ever thought possible is at the heart of this business and watching people exceed their own expectations feels pretty darn good. I am honored to be an Entrepreneur Of The Year Award finalist. It's a tribute to me, but more importantly, it is a tribute to all the people involved in our business."
Now in its 31st year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 145 cities and more than 60 countries throughout the world.
Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National competition. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 18, 2017. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth ForumTM, the nation's most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the US by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation In Northeast Ohio, sponsors also include PNC Bank, Smart Business, Howard & O'Brien Executive Search, Oswald Companies and Alliance Solutions Group.
About Custom Fundraising Solutions
Since 2005, Custom Fundraising Solutions has been helping schools raise thousands of dollars hosting Mattress Fundraisers, while providing the community a product they need, for a great value. The company's mission is to grow to over 100 locations, and give back over $10 million dollars each year. Visit customfundraisingsolutions.com and follow us on Facebook @cfscorporate and Twitter @cfsmattress.
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Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world's most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, chosen from an independent panel of judges including entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from business, finance, and the local community. The program makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global awards program of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in over 145 cities and more than 60 countries. ey.com/eoy
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Company: Custom Fundraising Solutions, LLC
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