Spirit Award Kicks Off April 2

The 2009 Mayor’s Entrepreneurial Spirit Award officially kicks at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 2 at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, 111 E. First St.
The Third Annual Mayor’s Entrepreneurial Spirit Award, sponsored by SpiritBank,and in a strategic partnership with the Tulsa Business Journal, allows local small business entrepreneurs the opportunity to compete for a $30,000 cash prize that will enable them to catapult their businesses forward. Second and third place prizes are also awarded. In total, participants will compete for cash, prizes and services valued at more than $100,000.
In addition to the capital, Spirit Award participants also receive invaluable advice and coaching from some of Tulsa’s most successful entrepreneurs. They receive assistance in writing and refining their business plans, perfecting their pitches and thinking up creative new ways to take their businesses to the next level.
“We know that growth comes by supporting our local entrepreneurs, and the Mayor’s Entrepreneurial Spirit Award… gives individuals opportunities to develop their business model, form contacts and share their creativity and innovation,” said Mayor Kathy Taylor’s office.
At the kick off, business owners (and prospective business owners) looking to participate in the award competition can learn more about the process; network with judges, coaches and past winners; and discover success factors involved in winning the competition.
In keeping with this year’s theme, Spirit Award facilitators will be asking local business owners, “What’s your big idea? Unleash it!”
Upon entrance, participants will compete in rounds, with eliminations made every round until there are seven finalists. The winner will be announced at the end of the year.
Entrants have between April 2 and May 15 to go to www.tulsaspiritaward.com and submit their one- to two-page executive summary. Spirit Award judges have until June 5 to whittle those applicants down to 25. On June 8, the selected 25 entrants will be invited to submit their full business plans.
This year, the TBJ has partnered with the Mayor’s office for the Spirit Award to provide up-to-the-minute information on the process through daily e-mail blasts as well as comprehensive news stories and participant profiles in our print edition, which is published every other week. For more information, or to sign up for our daily e-mail blasts, visit www.tulsabusiness.com.

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