In the world of eCommerce we interact daily via the blogosphere, forums, etc. Every now and then it is nice to get involved in the community and interact with those outside of the eCommerce circle. Everyone at PlumberSurplus.com loves to go out, get dressed up and attend industry events. Recently we were nominated for the 2007 Emerging Entrepreneur award by the Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards program, so many of us got suited up and headed to the awards banquet. Some background on the Spirit of the Entrepreneur: In 2003, the Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship (IECE) at California State University San Bernardino, The Press-Enterprise Co., and The Business Press launched the Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards program to honor the top entrepreneurs in the Inland Empire. The inaugural event, with over 600 attendees, was a resounding success, and 2004, 2005, and 2006 have followed with highly successful programs.
A good time was had by all with a huge silent auction, some great food, an engaging student fast pitch competition and of course the awards presentation. Although the silent auction did have some pretty awesome motorcycles up for grabs my favorite part of the event was the student fast pitch competition. As a part of the Spirit Awards program, select students from Cal State San Bernardino's annual Student Fast Pitch Competition are invited to make a 90 second pitch of their promising business venture idea to the audience. During the evening, the audience heard a pitch from five students and voted on the most promising idea. At the end of the evening, just prior to the presentation of the final Spirit Award, the top three student pitches where recognized with the top student pitch receiving a $2,000 prize.
While everyone from PlumberSurplus.com enjoyed the awards banquet and we where hopeful of winning the award, CornerTurn, LLC - of Corona won the award for Emerging Entrepreneur. Our hopes are high though that we will be nominated again next year and bring home a win.
Below are some photographs of our night at the event.
Several of our companies managers and team leaders with their guests.
Our company table.
Our Executives Tim and Brian having a good old time.
And here's Brian!