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TEMPE, Ariz. (Sept. 16, 2013) — As Arizona moves along the road to economic recovery, many impressive local businesses are helping to vault us forward with job creation and growth. Today, 10 of the state’s best businesses are being recognized as finalists for the prestigious Spirit of Enterprise Awards from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.
The awards honor firms for ethics, energy and excellence in entrepreneurship. Past winners include well-known names like Cold Stone Creamery, Ollie the Trolley and China Mist, as well as rapidly growing businesses, such as GlobalMed and WebPT. Finalists are noted for creating a positive culture both internally and in the community as a whole.
“One key aspect about this outstanding group of companies is that they were started by local entrepreneurs who saw that classic ‘hole in the market’ and knew they could deliver a superior product or service,” explains Gary Naumann, director of the Spirit of Enterprise Center at the W. P. Carey School of Business.
The 17th annual Spirit of Enterprise Award finalists are:
Hundreds of Valley business and community leaders and others will attend the annual awards luncheon when the winners are announced Nov. 22 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix.
These awards are just one focus of ASU’s 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. Firms can also use the W. P. Carey School of Business center to access other ASU business resources. The center is self-funded and utilizes community sponsorships and volunteers to sustain its activities.
For more information on the Spirit of Enterprise Center, visit www.spiritofenterprise.org. For sponsorship opportunities or awards luncheon reservations, please call (480) 965-0474, e-mail SpiritofEnterprise@asu.edu, or 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 about 100 countries and include more than 50 National Merit Scholars. For more information, please visit wpcarey.asu.edu and http://knowwpcarey.com.