Tulsa Entrepreneurial Spirit Award Judges

After a round of five-minute pitches to judges, the Tulsa Spirit Award finalists have been narrowed down to seven.
Blue Label Bartending, Cog Togs Inc., Elote Café and Catering, Filters4me.com, Part-Time Pros, Real Time Rehab and Target Solution Foods will continue on in pursuit of the ultimate prize, a check from SpiritBank for $30,000.
SpiritBank, which will also write checks to the second- and third-place winners for $5,000 and $2,500 respectively, sponsors Mayor Kathy Taylor’s Tulsa Entrepreneurial Spirit Award, which is in a strategic partnership with Tulsa Business Journal.
Eighty-five entrepreneurs entered the business model competition. Multiple rounds of business model and business plan submissions and pitching narrowed the list down to 24, then 12 and now seven.
Before the last presentation round, the seven finalists will be coached on polishing their business plan and pitching techniques. On Nov. 5, each of the seven finalists will present a final, two-minute pitch to the Spirit Award judges, 11 leaders in the local business community.
The three winners will be announced during the Mayor’s Entrepreneurial Spirit Award ceremony held during Global Entrepreneurship Week at the TCC Center for Creativity, at Ninth Street and Boston Avenue downtown, on Tuesday, Nov. 17 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
The seven finalists are:
Blue Label Bartending
Garrett Blackwood founded Blue Label Bartending in Tulsa in March 2007 and expanded to Oklahoma City in September 2008.
His business provides professional bartenders for private events, such as wedding receptions, holiday parties and class reunions. The customer supplies the alcohol and location, and Blue Label Bartending supplies the bartenders, ice, cups, napkins, straws, and bartending tools.
Cog Togs Inc.
Cog Togs Inc. was formed in 2007 by Shawna Sims, Melinda Ryan and Jeff Johnson. The company’s mission is to provide a fun way for kids to connect in person and a safe way for them to communicate online.
Cog Togs Inc. has developed a patent-pending solution to the high-tech problem of protecting children on the Web. Instead of trying to keep out millions of strangers by blocking those connections, the company aims to create a safe environment where children communicate only with people they already know.
Elote Café and Catering
Eloté, opened May 2008, serves innovative Mexican food using local products and sustainable practices in the heart of downtown Tulsa, near Fifth Street and Boston Avenue.
Elote’s owner, Libby Auld, said, “Our mission is to fill a void in the Tulsa dining scene by serving healthy food that tastes good at a price people can afford, while limiting negative environmental impacts.”
Filters4me.com declined press coverage.
Part-Time Pros
Tulsa natives Carey Dunkin-Baker and Brett Baker founded Part-Time Pros in 2008 as a way to balance their professional and personal lives following the birth of their daughter in 2007.
PTP is a talent acquisition firm that specializes in recruiting professionals who are seeking part-time employment and placing them with companies who have part-time personnel needs.
Real Time Rehab
Founded by Jeremy Green September 2006, Real Time Rehab is software that brings the exercises used by physical therapy professionals into people’s homes.
The software allows any health care provider who prescribes a home exercise program for a patient to have full-motion, live-action scenes on a DVD. The software contains exercises that are common in the rehabilitation of injury or surgery.
Target Solution Foods
Founded by Lisha Williams, a personal trainer for 10 years, Target Solution Foods is a line of nutritionally-dense, tasty, portable food. The line will launch with D’Lisha’s Naked Waffuls, a line of frozen breakfast pastries. ?

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