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Masters award created to honor business pioneers
Communiversity to recognize local entrepreneurs at Tuesday event
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David W. Dorsey Business: CFO of Gainesville-based Discovery Medical Inc., a manufacturing representative and distributor agent for implantable medical device companies Started business: July 2008 Business philosophy: "Our philosophy is to provide the highest quality, cutting edge technology to physicians, hospitals and surgical facilities. We believe that hard work and preparation will guide us to the levels that we strive to reach."

Masters of Innovation

What: Award ceremony

When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday

Where: Lanier Technical College Manufacturing Development Center, 999 Chestnut St., Gainesville


A group of Northeast Georgia business owners have earned reputable titles: Masters of Innovation.

This year, the Featherbone Communiversity has launched awards honoring area entrepreneurs.

"Since World War II, nearly 70 percent of all inventions have been provided by entrepreneurs, and most Americans today understand the importance of entrepreneurs in the recovery of the U.S. economy," said Gus Whalen of the Warren Featherbone Foundation and one of the communiversity's founding partners.

"We are sponsoring this event on entrepreneurs to honor 10 Masters of Innovation in Northeast Georgia - to learn from them and to encourage others to become entrepreneurs. We feel this is important because entrepreneurs are the foundation of our economy."

The 10 recipients of this inaugural honor were selected by members of a planning committee, which included members from various areas, including the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, Brenau University, Hall County Schools and Gainesville City Schools.

The planning committee selected nominees based on individuals that exhibited 12 specified behaviors.

According to Linda Barrow, Lanier Technical College's representative on the planning committee, the group was looking for individuals that were well-rounded, visionary and passionate, among other things.

The entrepreneurs will be honored at a ceremony Tuesday morning at the Lanier Technical College Manufacturing and Development Center in Gainesville.

The entrepreneurs join the communiversity's other masters awards family, which include masters in teaching and masters in nursing .

Like the other awards, the communiversity plans to select masters of innovation recipients annually.