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TEMPE, Ariz. — At a time when many businesses are struggling and failing, Arizona boasts some great companies shining through the economic recovery, creating new jobs and contributing to our state. Today, the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University honored five of the best companies as Spirit of Enterprise Award winners. They were recognized for ethics, energy and excellence in entrepreneurship.
“Finding a niche and starting a business is a daunting task,” says Gary Naumann, director of the Spirit of Enterprise Center at the W. P. Carey School of Business. “Growing and sustaining that business -- and coming up with innovations to keep it competitive -- is an even greater challenge. The common thread among our 2010 winners is that they all had the tenacity to make the critical adjustments needed to power through to the next level.”
About 800 Valley business and community leaders were on hand today when the winners were announced at a luncheon at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa in Phoenix. The award recipients were noted for creating a positive culture both internally and in the community as a whole.
The 14th annual Spirit of Enterprise Award winners are:
The other Spirit of Enterprise finalists this year are All About People, Inc.; David and Sam PR; Dircks Moving Services; Sanderson Ford, Inc. and Sunstate Equipment Co.
These awards are just one focus of the Spirit of Enterprise Center, which helps hundreds of businesses each year. The center offers companies the chance to recruit and meet with top student talent, while also allowing students to get hands-on business experience. One key program, Student Teams for Entrepreneurship Projects (STEP), matches W. P. Carey School of Business students with Valley companies to help tackle real-world challenges and opportunities for the businesses. Companies can also use the center to access other Arizona State University business resources.
The Spirit of Enterprise Center is self-funded and utilizes community sponsorships and volunteers to sustain its activities. For more information, go to www.spiritofenterprise.org.
W. P. CAREY SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
The W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University is one of the top-ranked and largest business schools in the United States. The school is internationally regarded for its research productivity and its distinguished faculty members, including a Nobel Prize winner. Students come from 75 countries and include more than 60 National Merit Scholars. For more information please visit wpcarey.asu.edu and http://knowledge.wpcarey.asu.edu.