A team of judges will name semifinalists for the first-ever 3-D Idea Competition on Friday, and the Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce and Emporia State School want to highlight entrepreneurship in another way.
The Chamber and ESU are accepting nominations for the 2014 Spirit Award, which will go to an outstanding entrepreneur.
Nominees must have an Emporia connection. Judges will also consider the personal or financial risk nominees took to create their business, innovations in creating new opportunities or products, value creation and communication of the business vision.
The nomination deadline is March 19. The winner will be recognized during the 3D Gala on April 11.
Twenty semifinalists will be announced Friday, with the field of entries from ESU and Flint Hills Technical College students narrowed to three April 1. ESU Business Dean Kristie Ogilvie, marketing spokesperson Jessica Buchholz, Chamber of Commerce President Jeanine McKenna and ESB Financial Vice President Karen Sommers will discuss the 3D project during our 9:05 am newscast Friday.