Spirit of the Entrepreneur Judging Reception
The Judging reception provides an opportunity for the Spirit of Entrepreneur Awards judging panel to personally meet and interact with each of the semi-finalists. Sponsored by Roorda, Piquet & Bessee, Inc. CPAs the event includes an orientation on the Spirit Award processes and event, media, and networking. Nominees are put into distinct groups and participate in multiple activities at the reception, including a photo shoot and interviews, a peer networking session for the semi-finalists complete with catered refreshments, and a timed "speed round" where the finalists and judges meet in one on one Q&A sessions.
Selecting the top entrepreneurs is no delicate task – only those cut from the same cloth of entrepreneurship can accurately judge. Comprised of past award recipients and business professionals, get to know them as they begin reviewing the comprehensive background information submitted by the nominees before taking the next step in evaluating.
Judges are selected for the event by the Spirit of the Entrepreneur team and work independently, evaluating each nominee. Each judge is chosen based on their prior business experience, integrity, and willingness to dedicate a significant amount of time to review and evaluate the nominees. The judging panel is almost exclusively made up of past recipients of the Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards. Judging is based on financial metrics as well the nominee’s accomplishments, innovative approach, and entrepreneurial spirit.
San Bernardino, CA 92407