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After being nominated, we need to work with you to compile information about you and your company for our judging panel to review. Each nominated company must complete a brief 3-page profile form which asks of 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.

You will be contacted by the Spirit Awards to assist you with compiling the information through the electronic profile form.

Those nominees passing the first round of evaluation will be notified no later than September 16 and will be invited to attend a reception the last week in September 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.

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 17, 2022. In between the announcement of the finalists and the award event, out team works with each finalist to prepare the event, including scheduling time for a video shoot at the business for use in the event program.

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


Please contact Mike Stull, the Founder and Director of the Spirit Awards, at 909.537.3708 or for more information.

Key 2023 Dates

  • AUGUST 14 Nomination Period Closes
  • SEPT 1 Nominee Profile Forms Due
  • OCT 4 Spirit Semi-Finalist Judging Reception
  • NOV 8Garner Holt Student Fast Pitch Semi-Final Competition
  • NOV 15Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards - Riverside Convention Center
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