EY Announces CJ MacDonald of Step as an Entrepreneur Of The Year ® 2023 Bay Area Award Finalist

Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates ambitious entrepreneurs who are building bolder futures

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Palo Alto, CA, May 4th, 2023 – Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) today announced that CJ MacDonald, Founder and CEO of Step was named an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2023 Bay Area Award finalist. Now in its 37th year, Entrepreneur Of The Year is one of the preeminent competitive business awards for transformative entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies who are building a more equitable, sustainable and prosperous world for all.

MacDonald was selected by an independent panel of judges. Entrepreneurs were evaluated based on their demonstration of building long-term value through entrepreneurial spirit, purpose, growth and impact, among other core contributions and attributes.

CJ MacDonald, Founder and CEO at Step
I am humbled and honored to be selected by EY as an Entrepreneur of the Year finalist. At Step, we are committed to improving the financial future of the next generation. As an entrepreneur, I strive to find new ways to innovate, collaborate, redefine what is possible, and serve as an example to our Step Users who are already becoming the entrepreneurs and leaders of tomorrow.

Regional award winners will be announced on June 9, during a special celebration. The winners will then be considered by the National judges for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards, which will be presented in November at the annual Strategic Growth Forum ® , one of the nation’s most prestigious gatherings of high-growth, market-leading companies. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner will then move on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in June 2024.  

The Entrepreneur Of The Year program has recognized more than 11,000 entrepreneurs throughout the US since its inception in 1986, and it has grown to recognize business leaders across 145 cities in over 60 countries around the world.

Sponsors Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards include presenting sponsors PNC Bank, N.A.; SAP America; and the Kauffman Foundation. In the Bay Area region, sponsors also include Cresa, Woodruff-Sawyer & Co, Big Picture and ADP.

About Entrepreneur Of The Year ® Entrepreneur Of The Year ® is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for unstoppable entrepreneurs. These visionary leaders deliver innovation, growth and prosperity that transform our world. The program engages entrepreneurs with insights and experiences that foster growth. It connects them with their peers to strengthen entrepreneurship around the world. Entrepreneur Of The Year is the first and only truly global awards program of its kind. It celebrates entrepreneurs through regional and national awards programs in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries. National Overall Award winners go on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ title. Visit ey.com/us/eoy.

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