Meet Entrepreneur's Emerging Entrepreneur of 2012 Finalists With just one week to go before the Entrepreneur of 2012 awards are announced, we spotlight the finalists for the emerging entrepreneur category.

By Diana Ransom

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

With just one week to go before the Entrepreneur of 2012 awards are announced online -- and a month before the awards are divvied out at the magazine's annual Growth Conference on Jan. 10 -- take a gander at the top finalists for the emerging Entrepreneur category. Voting may be over, but, who knows, next year we could be spotlighting you.

emerging Entrepreneur Jason LucashJason Lucash
Company: OrigAudio
Read more here.

emerging Entrepreneur Richard SmiedtRichard Smiedt
Company: Move Collective
Read more here.

emerging Entrepreneur Matthew WaldmanMatthew Waldman
Company: NOOKA Inc.
Read more here.

emerging Entrepreneur Brian LintonBrian Linton
Company: United By Blue
Read more here.

emerging Entrepreneur Brooks DameBrooks Dame
Company: Proof Wood Eyewear
Read more here.

Wavy Line
Diana Ransom is the former deputy editor of

Editor's Pick

A Father Decided to Change When He Was in Prison on His Son's Birthday. Now His Nonprofit Helps Formerly Incarcerated Applicants Land 6-Figure Jobs.
A Teen Turned His Roblox Side Hustle Into a Multimillion-Dollar Company — Now He's Working With Karlie Kloss and Elton John
3 Mundane Tasks You Should Automate to Save Your Brain for the Big Stuff
The Next Time Someone Intimidates You, Here's What You Should Do
5 Ways to Manage Your Mental Health and Regulate Your Nervous System for Sustainable Success

Related Topics

Business News

'Do You Hate Me?': High School Teacher Shares Wild Emails He Receives From Students

Jordan Baechler teaches high school students in Ontario, Canada.

Growing a Business

Do You Say 'Like' Too Much? Don't Worry! I'm a Sociolinguist, and I Like 'Like.'

The modern use of the word is denigrated through and through. But it may be doing more communicative heavy lifting than we give it credit for.

Business News

After Being Told They Could Work From Home Forever, Employees Made Major Life Changes. Then, a New CEO Ordered Them Back to the Office.

Farmers Group CEO Raul Vargas is facing backlash for the change, but he says being in the office brings more "collaboration" and "innovation."

Life Hacks

The Top 5 All-Time Best Productivity Hacks You've Never Heard Of

Want to combat chronic procrastination? Use these top five productivity hacks to put an end to this debilitating nuisance.