For Immediate Release
Spirit of Enterprise Center Announces 2006 Spirit of Enterprise ™ Award Winners
TEMPE, AZ - W. P. Carey School of Business Honors Five Arizona Entrepreneurs
The Spirit of Enterprise Center at Arizona State University’s W. P. Carey School of Business announced that five Arizona businesses will receive 2006 Spirit of Enterprise ™ Awards.
The 10th Annual Spirit of Enterprise ™ Awards will honor the five winners in a celebration of ethics, energy and excellence in entrepreneurship at a luncheon on Wednesday, September 20, at The Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa. The awards are sponsored by Edward Jones®, the Rich Dad Company, and Monster. The five honorees are:
AIR Marketing, of Tempe
The company name reflects their commitment and goals: Analytics + Imagination = Results. Mother and son team, Elaine and David Ralls, use intelligence, imagination and analysis to ensure clients the highest and best use of their marketing and advertising resources.
Complete Print Shop, Inc., of Phoenix
Lam Q. Bui fled Vietnam in 1975. He spoke no English and knew no one when he arrived in the United States, but was he determined to adapt and succeed in his adopted country. Lam opened Complete Print Shop with $600 in 1979 ... today the company runs two shifts, five days a week and employs 22 full-time.
Data Doctors Computer Services, of Tempe
Tech-based business models often depend on high-volumes and low-margins, where numbers are more important than people. The Data Doctors’ business model is as simple as its technology is complex: The company focuses on the customer instead of their technology. The Tempe location is headquarters for the company’s national franchise operation.
DLC Resources, Inc., of Phoenix
Founded in 1989, the company specializes in commercial landscape management of master-planned communities. The “roots” of their success are based on their four core values – efficiency, quality, safety and teamwork. Its clients are 25 master-planned communities and one municipal property that include turf, xeriscape and desert areas. The company employs 240.
Grand Canyon Railway, of Flagstaff
Now in the 60th year of their partnership in marriage and business, Max and Thelma Biegert command a unique place in the saga of Arizona tourism and American railroading. Eighteen years ago, the Biegerts rescued a national treasure, the Grand Canyon Railway. What might have been a footnote in Arizona history now transports thousands of tourists to one of America’s most spectacular natural wonders.
Specific award categories will be announced at the event.
"The companies receiving the Spirit of Enterprise Awards are leaders both in their businesses and in the community," said Mary Lou Bessette, Director Emerita, Spirit of Enterprise Center. “Their high standards of leadership and service set examples that give our students the opportunity to study entrepreneurship and learn from people who have built their dreams into successful businesses."
A newly designed award sculpture will debut as part of the Spirit of Enterprise 10th anniversary celebration. The original design is the work of Cave Creek artist, Bill Greaves, of Concept West.
A networking reception begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch and the awards presentations from noon to 1:30 p.m. Reservations are available by calling the Spirit of Enterprise Center at (480) 965-3962, or by visiting http://wpcarey.asu.edu/spirit/.
W. P. Carey School of Business
W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University is one of the largest business schools in the United States, with more than 160 faculty members, 1,400 graduate and 2,500 upper-division undergraduate students. The school is internationally recognized for its leadership in supply chain management and services marketing and is highly regarded for its faculty’s research productivity. The school’s seven research centers serve as a link between business communities and the areas of marketing, entrepreneurship, information technology and supply chain management. For more information please visit wpcarey.asu.edu.
The Spirit of Enterprise Center
The Spirit of Enterprise Center, one of the seven research centers affiliated with the L. William Seidman Research Institute at the W. P. Carey School of Business, brings together students and businesses to accelerate entrepreneurship in greater Phoenix and Arizona. Through its seminars and programs, its reality-focused research and its case studies, the center seeks to provide small and medium size business with practical and actionable exchange of business intelligence.
About Data Doctors Franchise Systems Inc:
Data Doctors focuses on providing upscale quality computer services to consumers and small businesses in their homes, in their offices and in locally owned, neighborhood stores. They were identified as an "Up-and-Comer" franchise company to watch by BizAZ magazine. Data Doctors broadcasts "Data Doctors Tech Tips", award-winning technology tips and information on numerous radio stations within the US and via their website. They also provide free advice to computer users around the world with a weekly newspaper Q&A column, local and national technology television broadcasts, and the website www.datadoctors.com.
Data Doctors Franchise Systems Inc.
1400 E Southern Ave 10th Floor
Tempe, AZ 85282
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