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EY Announces Justin Bakes of Forward Financing Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 Award Finalist in New England

May 15, 2019 | Company News

May 15, 2019 –  EY today announced that Justin Bakes, Co-founder and CEO of Forward Financing is a finalist for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 Award in the New England region. Widely considered one of the most prestigious business awards programs in the U.S., the program recognizes entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities, while also transforming our world.

Justin Bakes was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 26 at the Westin Waterfront in Boston, Massachusetts.

“I am honored to be nominated and named a finalist for the Entrepreneur of the Year Award alongside such an inspiring group of local business leaders,” said Co-founder and CEO, Justin Bakes. “Forward Financing’s success is the result of a lot of hard work and dedication across a whole team of individuals who work hard to help small businesses across the country. As a company, we aim to create a workplace where integrity, personal growth, and community-mindedness are celebrated and recognized, and the employees feel like their work is meaningful and important.” Forward Financing is a leading provider of technology-enabled alternative financing solutions for under-served small businesses.

Now in its 33rd year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries throughout the world.

About Forward Financing
Forward Financing is a Boston-based financial technology company that provides fast, flexible, and reliable working capital to small and medium-size businesses nationwide. Since 2012, Forward Financing has provided over $500 million in funding to more than 10,000 small businesses. The company is A+ rated by the Better Business Bureau and receives top ratings across all major customer review platforms. In 2017 and 2018, the FinTech company was named by Boston Business Journal as one of the fastest growing companies in Massachusetts. On a national scale, the company was recognized in 2017 and 2018 by Inc. as one of the fastest growing in America, landing on the coveted Inc. 5000 ranking with a three-year growth of more than 1,200 percent.

About Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs. 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 more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries.

About EY’s Growth Markets Network
EY’s worldwide Growth Markets Network is dedicated to serving the changing needs of high-growth companies. For more than 30 years, we’ve helped many of the world’s most dynamic and ambitious companies grow into market leaders. Whether working with international mid-cap companies or early stage, venture-backed businesses, our professionals draw upon their extensive experience, insight and global resources to help your business succeed. For more information, please visit us at or follow news on Twitter @EY_Growth.

About EY
EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

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