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TEMPE, Ariz. — Though it’s been a rough year for many small businesses and entrepreneurs, some Arizona companies have managed to thrive and even add jobs in the down economy. Today, five area businesses were honored for their contributions to our community. They’re the winners of the 15th annual Spirit of Enterprise Awards from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.
“All of these businesses have created a positive culture both internally and in the community as a whole,” says Gary Naumann, director of the Spirit of Enterprise Center at the W. P. Carey School of Business. “They keep coming up with innovations to remain on top in this difficult economic environment.”
Hundreds of Valley business and community leaders attended today’s luncheon at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, where the winners were announced. The audience listened to impressive stories of the firms, which were recognized for ethics, energy and excellence in entrepreneurship.
The winners are:
The other Spirit of Enterprise Award finalists this year were Jones Studio, Inc.; Mountainside Fitness; Real Property Management East Valley; Virginia Auto Service and The Worthy Institute, LLC.
These awards are just one focus of the Spirit of Enterprise Center at the W. P. Carey School of Business, which helps hundreds of businesses each year. The center offers companies the chance to recruit and meet with top student talent, while students get hands-on business experience. Through the center, businesses can access other ASU programs and create connections with community resources. Teams of students also conduct research projects to help Valley companies through the Student Teams for Entrepreneurship Projects (STEP) program.
The Spirit of Enterprise Center is self-funded and utilizes community sponsorships and volunteers. For more information, visit 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 99 countries and include 60 National Merit Scholars. For more information, please visit wpcarey.asu.edu and http://knowledge.wpcarey.asu.edu.