(Tulsa, Okla.) -- The SpiritBank / Tulsa Community College Entrepreneurial Spirit Award kicked-off today at a public forum at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. Former contestants, entrepreneurs and local business leaders were on-hand to lend support to those interested in entering the competition.
The competition is open to companies with on original idea for a business from zero up to five years in operation. Applicants need not be based in Tulsa, but must agree to expand or establish their business operations in the City of Tulsa if they win.
The fourth year of the awards takes a new name but retains the same enthusiastic spirit and support for Tulsa entrepreneurs. Previously it was called Mayor Kathy Taylor's Tulsa Entrepreneurial Spirit Award sponsored by SpiritBank and was led by Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor. In 2010, SpiritBank and TCC became title sponsors and continue the Spirit Awards tradition of inspiring and increasing entrepreneurial endeavors in Tulsa.
"It is exciting to take a concept Sean Griffin birthed, the City of Tulsa nurtured and now Tulsa Community College and SpiritBank will launch into its next level of competitiveness and sustainability," said Mayor Kathy Taylor. "Entrepreneurism is the spirit of Tulsa and TCC and SpiritBank will keep that spirit alive!"
"I am excited that Tulsa Community College has such an opportunity to demonstrate its commitment to the economic development of Tulsa through the recognition of outstanding entrepreneurs," said Dr. Ric Baser, Vice President and Chief Academic Officer for TCC. "Tulsa Community College has a long history of supporting the growth of entrepreneurs and small businesses through its traditional academic program offerings and now through the new Launch Your Entrepreneurial Journey program. Our serving as a cosponsor of the event provides TCC with a platform to publicly recognize the entrepreneurial spirit of Tulsa."