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Shine Solar’s Gorden Is Finalist for Entrepreneurship Award

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Nick Gorden, chief executive officer of sun power provider Shine Solar of Rogers, is a finalist for the Entrepreneur of the Year 2021 Southwest Award.

The award is given yearly to business entrepreneurs who transform lives by disrupting industry and reinventing economies. Entrepreneur of the Year, in its 35th year, will announce regional winners in a series of virtual ceremonies starting in late July. Nominees are managers or owners of private or public companies responsible for those enterprises’ performance.

Gorden is among 45 finalists competing for the top award in the Southwest region, which includes Arkansas.

Finalists were evaluated on the basis of entrepreneurial leadership, talent management, degree of difficulty, financial performance, societal impact and building a values-based company, originality and innovation for the future. The independent panel of judges includes past award winners, leading CEOS, private equity and venture capital investors and industry leaders. The Southwest Region winner will be announced Aug. 4, and the winner will advance to the national competition for EY’s U.S. Entrepreneur of the Year.

Shine Solar, based in Rogers, was founded by Nick and his brother, Caleb Gorden, in 2016 and has grown into one of the largest solar installation companies in the region, working in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Mississippi and Tennessee.

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