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SpiritBank/Tulsa Community College Entrepreneurial Spirit Award Finalists Present Ideas to Judges

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

SpiritBank/Tulsa Community College Entrepreneurial Spirit Award Finalists Present Ideas to Judges

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Tom Quinn was like many other Spirit Award finalists making their pitch to judges - nervous.

But once judges started asking questions and making observations on Thursday, Quinn, who is the president of 9 For 1 LLC, was OK.

"I thought it was positive. You are a little nervous going in because you don't know if you are going to be ripped to shreds," Quinn said. "But they offered positive feedback and their message was to stay focused."

Spirit judges told Frauke Quiroga, CEO of Luxa Enterprises Inc., that she appeared more confident than she felt, she said.

"My sales team manager is on vacation this week, so I made the pitch," Quiroga said. "I am not an extravert. But I am the one invested in this and I believe in the service. I should be the one making the pitch. But this (presentation) pushed me out of my comfort zone."

The judges challenged Vic Olsteen, owner of Senior Safety Services LLC, to provide ways to separate himself from his competition, he said, after he made his pitch.

Judges were ready to take Kenneth Sparks, owner of The Wine Cellar LLC, in a number of directions.

The presentations came during the first round of interviews for the SpiritBank/Tulsa Community College Entrepreneurial Spirit Award. Sparks is one of 25 finalists of the fifth Spirit Award competition. One of the 25 will win the $30,000 top prize plus priceless advice from coaches and judges throughout the competition.

Quinn's company operates "Cling to The Word," motivational static cling notes to replace handwritten "sticky" notes.

Quinn and his family used the sticky notes to write Bible verses and inspirational quotes then place them on mirrors at home and inside the glass of their vehicles. But getting his truck serviced last July, the notes blew away in the wind as the door opened. But Quinn noticed that the static cling note that the service station operator used to write the oil change mileage stayed put inside the windshield.

Quinn cites his faith as his motivation for the business and has created packs of four verses - two for the home and two for the auto. …

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