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We’re seeing signs of improvement in Arizona’s economy, and we can thank small and growing businesses for much of the recovery. Today, six of the state’s best businesses were honored for creating jobs, contributing to charities and introducing innovation. They’re the winners of the 17th annual Spirit of Enterprise Awards from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.
“The distinguishing trait of all of our 2013 honorees is the great story behind their products and services,” says Gary Naumann, director of the Spirit of Enterprise Center at the W. P. Carey School of Business. “Hard work and unwavering determination to succeed are key facets of these new Spirit alumni.”
Hundreds of Valley business and community leaders attended today’s awards luncheon at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, where the winners were announced. The finalists’ impressive and sometimes emotional stories were shown on video, as the firms were recognized for ethics, energy and excellence in entrepreneurship.
The 2013 Spirit of Enterprise Award winners are:
The other Spirit of Enterprise finalists this year were Laura’s Gourmet Granola, Melrose Pharmacy, Mountainside Fitness and Symmetry Software.
Also this year, a Spirit of Enterprise Student Entrepreneur Award was added. The winner, W. P. Carey School of Business senior Devesh Tuteja, co-founded Devils Connect. The free Web platform helps ASU students connect to find study groups and academic forums that best match their classes and interests, and it may eventually be transformed for use at other universities.
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. The center is self-funded and utilizes community sponsorships and volunteers to sustain its activities. 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 about 100 countries and include more than 50 National Merit Scholars. For more information, please visit wpcarey.asu.edu and http://knowwpcarey.com.