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Ticket sales open for the 2018 Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards


Last updated 9/13/2018 at 7:32pm

RIVERSIDE – The Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship at California State University San Bernardino announced that ticket sales opened for the Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards, Saturday, Sept. 1. 

The awards gala will be held Nov. 15, at the Riverside Convention Center. Top innovators from the Inland Empire will compete to win awards ranging from nine entrepreneurial categories, each honoring the leadership, determination, teamwork, community involvement and risks taken to build successful entrepreneurial companies. Selecting finalists and award recipients from a vast field of over 200 nominees is an independent panel of judges consisting of past Spirit Award recipients. Finalists will be announced Sept. 27.

“Each year, I am continually reminded of how many inspiring and successful entrepreneurs we have in Inland Southern California. From small and emerging companies, to impressive innovators and unique manufacturing firms, this region is a hotbed of entrepreneurial activity,” Dr. Mike Stull, founder and producer of the Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards, said. “As we present our 16th event, I hope you will join us for an evening that celebrates how entrepreneurs ‘expect the unexpected’ and turn dreams into reality.”

Attendees can book gala tickets online with direct seat selection at Ticket prices for the black-tie event range from $135 to $175 each. Full-table discounts are available.

Commencing 5 p.m. Nov. 15, attendees will experience either a Gala or VIP reception, three-course dinner, event entertainment, awards presentations and for select parties, an exclusive after-party.

The “Best of the Best” award is sponsored by Best, Best & Krieger. The top entrepreneur from among the evenings’ award recipients that best exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit will take home the 2018 Best of the Best award.

Also, they will witness 90-second business pitches from competing student finalists in the Garner Holt Student Fast Pitch Competition. Audience members can cast their votes for the best business idea through a live voting poll to determine which students will walk away with the top cash prizes.

The VIP reception is sponsored by City National Bank. The VIP experience includes access to the exclusive pre-show VIP reception with hosted bar, hors d’oeuvres, entertainment and preferred access to showroom seating for the gala presentation as well as top section seating for the main event.

All proceeds from the event benefit the Spirit of the Entrepreneur Scholarship established by Dr. Mike Stull, director of Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship at California State University, San Bernardino. The scholarship is awarded to vetted and deserving entrepreneurship students in order to assist them in achieving their degree.

The Spirit of the Entrepreneur event is presented by the Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship and the Jack H. Brown College of Business & Public Administration at California State University San Bernardino and sponsored by a wide range of local organizations including: Platinum Sponsors Best, Best & Krieger, Vistage, Southern California News Group, Bank of America and Inland Empire Magazine; Gold Sponsors San Bernardino County EDA, Pacific Premier Bank, city of Riverside, US Bank, Wilson Ivanova CPAs, Wells Fargo, Altek Media Group, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Riverside County EDA and Silver Sponsors Varner & Brandt, UPS, CDC Small Business Finance, The Community Foundation, SmartSyt and the city of Ontario. The Judging Reception sponsor is Roorda, Piquet and Bessee Inc. The after-party sponsor is Leadership Dimensions Inc.

For more information about sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, contact Mike Stull (909) 537-3708 or [email protected]

Submitted by the Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship.


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