E&Y Announces The Grommet Co-Founders, Jules Pieri and Joanne Domeniconi, as EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 Award Finalists in New England

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Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 10 in Boston.

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...Ernst & Young has long set the objective gold standard with this award, where entrepreneurs can be given a true level playing field to compete” said Jules Pieri...

Ernst & Young announced that Co-Founders Jules Pieri and Joanne Domeniconi of The Grommet are finalists for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 Award in the New England Region. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Jules and Joanne were selected as finalists by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 10 at the Sheraton Boston.

“Ever since I attended my first awards gala in Dublin, showcasing the Irish Entrepreneur of the Year, I have dreamed of being a candidate. Ernst & Young has long set the objective gold standard with this award, where entrepreneurs can be given a true level playing field to compete,” said Jules Pieri, E&Y finalist and co-founder of The Grommet. “This particularly resonates with me at The Grommet where we aspire to be the same kind of friend to Makers that E&Y is to entrepreneurs.”

Co-Founder and E&Y finalist Joanne Domeniconi added, "This very special award has encouraged and recognized entrepreneurs for decades, and we are honored to be selected as E&Y finalists. Our inspiration comes from the creativity and innovation of our Grommet Makers. It's these entrepreneurs that make this award possible."

Now in its 28th year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 15, 2014. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are sponsored in the United States by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America.

In New England, sponsors include Goodwin Procter LLP, RBS Citizens, Nixon Peabody, R.R. Donnelley, Scherzer International, Silicon Valley Bank, The Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, True Capital, Accounting Management Solutions, Bingham McCutchen, Chatham Financial, fama PR, and Murray Devine and Company.

About The Grommet:
Founded in 2008, The Grommet is a curated online marketplace and product launch platform for undiscovered products that's reshaping the way people fundamentally launch, discover, share, influence and buy products online. Its mission is rooted in the philosophy of Citizen Commerce™, a movement that enables product purchases that express powerful contemporary values around sustainability, quality, technology and social enterprise. Since its founding, The Grommet has grown into a trusted and influential source for launching new products, having been among the very first to discover Fitbit, Soda Stream and Bananagrams, and making them into household names. To learn more about The Grommet's products and mission, visit the website at http://www.thegrommet.com and CEO Jules Pieri's blog at http://jules.thegrommet.com/. You can also follow them on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook and watch their videos on their YouTube channel. More information on the eight final teams, judges, expert panels and event details can be found on the Event Hub Page.

About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award 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 award 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 in more than 60 countries.

About EY’s Strategic Growth Markets practice
EY’s Strategic Growth Markets (SGM) practices guide leading high-growth companies. Our multidisciplinary teams of elite professionals provide perspective and advice to help our clients accelerate market leadership. SGM delivers assurance, tax, transactions and advisory services to thousands of companies spanning all industries. EY is the undisputed leader in taking companies public, advising key government agencies on the issues impacting high-growth companies and convening the experts who shape the business climate. For more information, please visit us at ey.com/us/strategicgrowthmarkets, 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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