2023

Entrepreneur of The Year: Howard Makler

Entrant Company

Golin

Category

Entrepreneur - Financial Services

Client's Name

Innovation Refunds

Country / Region

United States

In 2021, Howard Makler established Innovation Refunds to help facilitate the growth of small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) by democratizing access to working capital through government-funded programs like the Employee Retention Credit (ERC).

Studies show that the number of SMBs applying for ERC is well below those who are eligible – leaving billions of dollars unclaimed. Makler believed that was due, in part, to the extensive process and requirements to determine eligibility. Historically, SMBs were required to hire a tax professional directly – incurring upfront costs – and spend time away from their business to find out if they were eligible.

Makler believed there was a better way and built Innovation Refunds to disrupt the conventional model. He created a marketplace of CPAs, tax attorneys, and other tax professionals who examine SMBs tax situations and determine their eligibility – without any up-front costs. Clients only pay if they are qualified, file for the ERC, and receive a check from the government.

Credits

Founder and CEO, Innovation Refunds
Howard Makler
 
2023
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Entrant Company

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Category

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Country / Region

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Entrant Company

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Category

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Country / Region

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Entrant Company

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Category

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Country / Region

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Entrant Company

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Category

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Country / Region

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