A group of New Milford businesses and entrepreneurial residents have been nominated for the second annual Connecticut Entrepreneur Awards.

The award program was established last year by a group of local entrepreneurs seeking to recognize and celebrate the success of those working hard to grow the state’s startup ecosystem.

Eight New Milford residents were nominated in

six categories.

Voting is open at ctentrepreneurawards.com/Vote and will close March 30.

Winners will be announced at a ceremony on April 20 in New Haven.

Tony Vengrove, who helped launch the awards in 2017, is nominated in two categories: Best Place for his Makery Coworking business on Bank Street, and Community Builder for his collaborative efforts throughout the region.

“While I am thrilled to be nominated, I am even more excited about the robust group of entrepreneurs representing New Milford,” Vengrove said.

One of Makery Coworking’s tenants, CareerPath Mobile, was nominated in the Best Venture category.

The business provides digital career-planning solutions to universities and was co-founded by Rich Portelance and Ben Grinnell.

The company won reSET’s social enterprise accelerator pitch contest in 2017.

New Milford small-business stalwart, Goatboy Soaps, was also nominated in the Venture category along with Create a Castle, a new startup that allows kids of all ages to build creative sand castles using a patented system of molds and tools.