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.

As we uphold the utmost confidentiality on behalf of our nominees and their submitted information, we require that all of our nominee profile forms are completed electronically and are provided by and submitted only through Mike Stull, the Spirit Awards Executive Producer and Founder of the Spirit Program. Please contact Mike Stull directly to obtain a profile form. If you may have any processing questions we encourage you to contact our staff directly for assistance. Thank you and congratulations on your Spirit of The Entrepreneur Awards nomination!

Nominees 2017

Once my profile is complete, what happens next?

All profile forms must be completed by August 21, 2017. 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 11 and will be invited to attend a reception on September 28 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm in which you will have an opportunity to meet with each of our judges so that they may learn more about you and your business. In addition, ample time is allocated for the nominees to meet and network with each other. 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 14, 2017. 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.

Contact

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

Key 2017 Dates

  • 08.21 Nominee Profile Forms Due
  • 09.11 Notification of Advancement to Semi-Finals
  • 09.28 Nominee & Judges Reception
  • 09.29 Finalists Announced
  • 11.14 Spirit Awards Gala - Award Recipients Announced
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