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In 2005, Dave Hertzberg was looking to start a new career. Seeing opportunity in waste removal, he purchased a new garbage truck and a few bins and started pitching business. After five days, he was headed to pick up some bins when he was stopped by a representative of the Maricopa County Environmental Services Department.
Hertzberg who didn’t have a license to operate a garbage truck at the time, learned a lot about the trash business that day. He persevered through the many regulations required and, in doing so, identified an even larger opportunity in the data surrounding waste removal. Today he is president of Sonoran Waste Disposal, developing custom solutions to meet waste and commercial recycling needs throughout the Valley.
Sonoran Waste Disposal is one of 12 finalists for the 19th annual Spirit of Enterprise Awards from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. From technology start-ups to large, established construction companies, the awards recognize businesses that positively impact the economy while exhibiting ethics, energy and excellence in entrepreneurship. The winners will be announced at a luncheon on Friday, Nov. 20.
“Use of the word entrepreneur has become popular, but to truly be an entrepreneur is not for the weak hearted. It requires a just-right blend of confidence in oneself and the solution, enough humility to be willing to learn from others, and courage to act quickly when new opportunities arise. All our finalists exhibit these qualities as well as commitment to their employees and their communities,” said Sidnee Peck, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, which administers the awards program at the W. P. Carey School.
The finalists in six categories include:
Innovation in Entrepreneurship Award
Social Impact Award
Emerging Enterprise Award
Minority Enterprise Award
Hahnco Companies Special Achievement in Entrepreneurship Award
Student Entrepreneurship Award
The award luncheon will be held at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix. An entrepreneurship workshop is held prior to the event where top W. P. Carey School faculty share tools and techniques professionals can use to advance their businesses. For more information on sponsorship opportunities or to attend, call 480-965-0474, e-mail email@example.com, or visit wpcarey.asu.edu/spirit.
To learn more about the Center for Entrepreneurship, visit wpcarey.asu.edu/research/entrepreneurship