Spirit Award Nominee Application Page

Brad McDermith and Kenya Mills

Congratulations on your nomination for the 2016 Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards Program!

Now that you have been nominated for the Spirit of the Entrepreneur Award, we need you to complete a brief profile form that provides us background data (e.g. number of employees, year founded) as well as some narrative information on the history of the business, what makes you and the business unique, and where the company is heading in the future. In addition, we ask that you provide some summary financial information on the business for (done based on ranges of numbers so that you do not have to disclose specific financial data). This information is kept confidential and only disclosed to our judging panel.

The profile form must be completed electronically and submitted to Mike Stull. Nominee profile forms are available only through Mike Stull.

Once my profile is complete, what happens next?

All profile forms must be completed by August 30, 2016. Your profile will be forwarded on to our independent judging panel for review. Those nominees passing the first round of evaluation will be notified no later than September 12 and will be invited to attend a reception on September 29 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm in which you will have an opportunity to meet and briefly chat with each of our judges. The format of the event is such that each nominee will have 60 seconds to make a brief “pitch” of themselves and their business to the judging panel. After all nominees have made their pitch, we break off into separate tables where the judges ask questions of each of the nominees. For nominees chosen for this phase of the judging, attendance is mandatory.

If I was chosen to attend the judging reception, what happens after that?

After the judging reception, our judging panel meets to determine which of the nominees will be selected as finalists and ultimate award recipients. The day following the judging reception, the Spirit Awards will announce the selection of the finalists. In a typical year, around 25-30 finalists in total are selected for the program. The actual award recipients will be unveiled at the Spirit Awards black-tie gala event on November 15, 2016. In between the announcement of the finalists and the award event, our team works with each finalist to prepare for the event, including scheduling time for a video shoot at the business for use in the event program.

If I have additional questions, who should I contact?

Please contact Mike Stull, the founder and director of the Spirit Awards, at 909.537.3708 or mstull@csusb.edu for additional information.


  1. Nominee profile forms due no later than – August 30, 2016
  2. Notification of advancement to semi-finals - no later than September 12, 2016
  3. Nominee and Judges Reception – September 29, 2016
  4. Finalists announced – no later than September 30, 2016
  5. Spirit event and award recipients announced – November 15, 2016