SpiritBank Offers Tips at Spirit Award Unplugged

SpiritBank opens its 2009 Business Solutions Series with a session designed to give advice to entrepreneurs interested in pursuing the Mayor’s Entrepreneurial Spirit Award.
Mayor Kathy Taylor’s Tulsa Entrepreneurial Spirit Award Unplugged is set for 4:30-6 p.m., April 8, at the SpiritBank Community Room, 1800 S. Baltimore Ave., with a penthouse reception from 6-7 p.m.
The Spirit Award competition is sponsored by SpiritBank and is in a strategic partnership with the Tulsa Business Journal.
Featured speakers are Gerald Buckley, the 2008 Spirit Award winner and founder of Grocio.com; Adrienne Kallweit, founder of Seeking Sitters and the 2007 Spirit Award winner; and Ned Bruha of Skunk Whisperer, the 2007 third place winner.
They will give advice on improving your message and refining your business plan, injecting entrepreneurialism into your small business, funding your big idea, lessons on winning the Spirit Award and the value of team-building and partnerships.
There is no charge for the event, but seating is limited. RSVP to Justin Swearengin at 918-295-7470 or jswearengin@spiritbank.com.
Metro Chamber Sponsors Workshops
The Tulsa Metro Chamber, in conjunction with several Tulsa-area small business resource partners, is playing host to the upcoming Business Planning Workshops to assist local entrepreneurs participating in the Mayor’s Entrepreneurial Spirit Award.
There will be several stations set up to help business owners hone their plans and get the assistance they need to make them a reality.
Dates and times of the upcoming Spirit Award Business Plan Workshops are April 14, 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Central Center, 1028 E. Sixth St., and April 29, 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Hardesty Library, 8316 E. 93rd St., in the Redbud Auditorium.
Semifinalists, Finalists Named in Governor’s Cup Competition
The entrepreneurial dreams of 18 teams of Oklahoma college students, including two teams from the University of Tulsa and two from Rogers State University in Claremore, are closer to becoming a reality.
Judges in the fifth annual Donald W. Reynolds Collegiate Business Plan competition have named six graduate finalists and 12 undergraduate semifinalists who will go on to compete for more than $200,000 in cash prizes and in-kind services, and $10,000 in scholarships provided by the Oklahoma Business Roundtable.
The teams will now participate in an oral competition April 3-4 at the Presbyterian Health Foundation Research Park Conference Center.
Winners will be announced in an awards banquet April 14 at the Bricktown Events Center. The top two finishers in each division will be invited to compete in a tri-state competition May 26-28 in Las Vegas.
The competition is underwritten with a grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, with AT&T as the presiding sponsor. It is managed by i2E, the not-for-profit corporation that also receives OCAST funding and mentors many of the state’s new technology-based companies.
These are the local teams remaining in the competition:
Graduate Division Finalists
CardioTRAK, University of Tulsa
Faculty adviser: Claire Cornell
Team leader: Dawit Soparkdithapong
Team members: Christin Foley, Kent Shultz and Odin Perez
Concept: CardioTRAK will commercialize a remote cardiac rehabilitation monitoring service. Using devices supplied by the company, patients are able to exercise at partnering gyms close to their residences while being monitored in real-time on a Web interface by medical personnel.
Undergraduate Division Semifinalists
Alterra, The University of Tulsa
Faculty adviser: Claire Cornell
Team leader: James Seagraves
Team members: Brie Caywood, Jonathan Cobb, Giahna Glaco and Sarah Hermosillo
Concept: Alterra uses a revolutionary, patented drilling technology that cuts through hard rocks to facilitate the installation of energy efficient geothermal heating systems. The technology can adapt to both commercial and residential markets with a time-efficient installation, making eco-friendly heat exchange more accessible to the nation.
HealthWise Systems, Rogers State University
Faculty adviser: Charles Atkins
Team leader: Megan Pruitt
Team members: Whitney Robison, Peter Woodson, Kyle Beggs, Elisabeth Sanchez and Levi Milford
Concept: HealthWise Systems commercializes a nano-silver coating that kills bacteria when it comes into contact with the coated product. The company will be the low-cost provider of high-quality bacteria retardant linens for the healthcare and hospitality industries.
Stronghold Surgical Solutions, Rogers State University
Faculty adviser: Charles Atkins
Team leader: Nathan Decker
Team members: Cody Dickey, Heidi Webb, Ryan Floyd, Hailey McKewon and Kacie Sill
Concept: Stronghold Surgical Solutions has developed a patented sternum closure clamp that is used after a median sternotomy has been performed during surgery. It is used to grab each side of the sternum and hold it in place by using a clamping system.

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