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 September 1, 1999

Esprit Entrepreneur to honor chosen few

BOULDER — It’s all about “passion” for business.

Esprit Entrepreneur 99, Boulder’s premiere business awards event that will honor outstanding Boulder County business leaders for their achievement and success as heads of entrepreneurial-up companies, is set for Thursday, Oct. 14.

This year’s program theme is “passion.” Developing out of Boulder County’s commitment to entrepreneurship, the Esprit awards honor a chosen few of Boulder County’s top entrepreneurs and their companies. A committee of business and community leaders make the selections.

This year’s program will feature a number of events, including a tour of the Boulder Technology Incubator and presentations on a several regional start-up businesses in three growth stages. The company in the development phase is Phat Rat Technology, mid-stage is Link Technology and this year’s graduate company is Requisite Technology.

Esprit also includes a luncheon with featured speaker Scott Beck. A local resident, Beck is the largest franchiser of Einstein Bros. Bagels, Boston Market, Blockbuster Video and a number of other ventures including his most current endeavor, an investment firm. Susan Bond of the Boulder Chamber of Commerce said he’s the perfect example of an entrepreneur, seeing both the successful and not-so-successful sides of start-up businesses.

The luncheon starts at 11:30 a.m., and the attendance fee is $35 per seat. The location of the business lunch has not yet been determined. In the afternoon, on-site visits will be offered to a few of the region’s top entrepreneurial companies.

The final reception and awards banquet will be held in the Glenn Miller Ballroom on the University of Colorado at Boulder campus. Tickets for this event are $65 per seat. Corporate tables of up to 10 individuals are available. The cost for these tickets is the same. The reception will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the banquet at 7 p.m.

Registration forms will be mailed starting on Sept. 8. There is no deadline for registration, but space is limited to 400 for the luncheon and 600 for the dinner. Tickets for the luncheon and/or banquet can be purchased through the Boulder Chamber of Commerce. All programs in this event are open to the public.

Nancy Stevens of Reber/Russell chaired the steering committee guiding this year’s program. Committee members included Rob Kaufman of net.Library.com, Mike Platt of Cooley Godward, Gale Dunlap of Colorado Capital Alliance, Jerry Donahue of Boulder Technology Incubator, Jan Bauman of Kingsbury Communication Design, Laura Josephson of Chrisman Bynum & Johnson, Rob Planchard of Holland & Hart, Francie Anhut of Requisite Technology and Denis Nock of the University of Colorado Center for Entrepreneurship.

To purchase tickets, call the Boulder Chamber of Commerce at (303) 442-1044, or pick them up at 2440 Pearl St., Boulder.

BOULDER — It’s all about “passion” for business.

Esprit Entrepreneur 99, Boulder’s premiere business awards event that will honor outstanding Boulder County business leaders for their achievement and success as heads of entrepreneurial-up companies, is set for Thursday, Oct. 14.

This year’s program theme is “passion.” Developing out of Boulder County’s commitment to entrepreneurship, the Esprit awards honor a chosen few of Boulder County’s top entrepreneurs and their companies. A committee of business and community leaders make the selections.

This year’s program will feature a number…

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