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List of business hopefuls narrows to 12
• The Spirit award                     missions.
                                         Earlier this month, 25 se-
                                                                            to help them improve their
                                                                            pitches and work on the de-
                                                                                                                 ond place and $2,500 to third
                                                                                                                                                     people may start a business
                                                                                                                                                     with the main goal of making
judges choose their                                                                                                                                                                           The semifinalists
                                       lected entrepreneurs had             tails of their business models.         “My greatest hope for them       a lot of money, Griffin said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                12 semifinalists for the
favorites.                             seven minutes to pitch their
                                       business ideas to several
                                                                               More than 30 coaches are
                                                                            participating this year. Each
                                                                                                                 is that they will understand
                                                                                                                 how to create a sustainable
                                                                                                                                                        He noted that the organiz-
                                                                                                                                                     ers decided this year to create          Mayor’s Entrepreneurial
By Laurie WinsLoW                      judges, who then questioned          entrepreneur will receive the        business as a direct result of      another category, the “judge’s           Spirit Award:
World Staff Writer                     them about their business            support of four to six coach-        going through this process so       choice award,” which will
                                       models.                              es, Griffin said. Coaching will      that they are able to actually      provide one finalist with ex-            • Target Solutions
   And then there were 12.               Narrowing the entries was          take place at the Collaborato-       grow a meaningful business          tra help from some judges                • Cog Togs Inc.
   The field of contestants for        particularly difficult this year     rium, a downtown resource            that helps them to contrib-         who will advise the entrepre-            • 4BrooksDesign
the Mayor’s Entrepreneur-              because of the quality and           center for entrepreneurs.            ute more meaningfully to our        neur for a short period. It also         • Part-Time Pros
ial Spirit Award just became           the number of entrepreneurs             Semifinalists then will have      community, not just from an         will involve walking the en-             • Real Time Rehab
slimmer with Thursday’s an-            with solid business models           a second chance to make con-         economic standpoint, but in         trepreneur through a visually            • Mr. BodyFat
nouncement of the 12 semifi-           and teams that can deliver on        densed pitches before the            terms of their giving back,”        driven business game plan.               • Diaper Departure
nalists.                               those plans, said Sean Griffin,      judges Sept. 17.                     Griffin said.                          This award will be given to           •
   The competition, in its             a judge and chairman of the             Winners will be announced            All of the entrepreneurs in      a finalist who doesn’t win a             • HOAtoday
third year, features more than         competition.                         Nov. 17.                             some way want to give back          cash prize, Griffin said.                • Elote Café & Catering
$100,000 in cash, prizes and             Now, the remaining entre-             SpiritBank will provide a         to the community, which is                                                   • Bootcamp Tulsa
services. It kicked off in April,      preneurs will receive indi-          $30,000 check to the first-          unique to Tulsa as opposed                                                   • Blue Label Bartending
                                                                                                                                                         Laurie Winslow 581-8466
attracting more than 85 sub-           vidualized coaching July 29          place winner, $5,000 to sec-         to, say, Silicon Valley, where

Seminole Gas
to buy assets                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dish Network
                                                                                                                                                                                                            is paying nearly

in Appalachia
                                                                                                                                                                                                            $6 million to
                                                                                                                                                                                                            settle charges
                                                                                                                                                                                                            that it improperly
                                                                                                                                                                                                            marketed, pro-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            moted and sold
By roD WaLton                                                                                                                                                                                               its products and
World Staff Writer                                                                                                                                                                                          services. The sat-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            ellite TV provider
  A subsidiary of Seminole Energy Services                                                                                                                                                                  isn’t admitting
LLC of Tulsa will acquire a 50 percent inter-                                                                                                                                                               any wrongdoing
est in an Appalachian Basin natural gas gath-                                                                                                                                                               in settling with
ering system for $28 million, the companies                                                                                                                                                                 attorneys gener-
announced Thursday.                                                                                                                                                                                         als in 46 states.
  Seminole Gas Co. is buying half of the 485-
mile Stone Mountain system from Daugh-                                                                                                                                                                      DAvID DuPREy/
erty Petroleum Inc., a subsidiary of NGAS                                                                                                                                                                   Associated Press
Resources Inc. of Lexington, Ky. The parent
Seminole also has a six-month option to pur-
chase the remaining half of the asset for $22
  “This transaction significantly extends our
footprint in the Appalachian Basin,” Semi-
nole CEO and Chairman Robert Rosene said
in a statement. “Since 2007, Seminole has ac-
quired a producer services book of business,

                                                             Dish settles marketing complaints
constructed a processing plant, a nitrogen
rejection plant and a rail terminal in Appa-
  The Stone Mountain system runs through
southeastern Kentucky, eastern Tennessee
and western Virginia. It also interconnects
with Spectra Energy’s interstate pipeline
                                                             • Dish agrees to                          generals in 46 states, including
                                                                                                       Oklahoma, it agreed to pay resti-
                                                                                                                                               said Dish didn’t tell customers
                                                                                                                                               that equipment sold or leased
                                                                                                                                                                                         ney general, Dish or Better Busi-
                                                                                                                                                                                         ness Bureau to qualify, as long as
network, according to reports.                               pay restitution to                        tution to affected customers and        was used or refurbished.                  the problem occurred within the
  The sale allows NGAS to reduce its credit
facility to $52 million.
                                                             customers including                       make fuller disclosures in adver-
                                                                                                       tising and written contracts.
                                                                                                                                                  As part of the settlement, Dish
                                                                                                                                               agreed to more clearly disclose
                                                                                                                                                                                         past two years.
                                                                                                                                                                                           Dish reached a settlement
  “This sale significantly improves our bal-                 those in Oklahoma.                           State officials say Dish failed to   in ads any restrictions on pro-           with all states except Califor-
ance sheet and provides liquidity to concen-                                                           disclose all the terms of service       motional offers. It also promised         nia, North Carolina, Illinois and
trate on our development opportunities,”                     By DeBoraH yao                            to customers, including rebates,        to either sell new equipment or           Ohio. Those, along with the Fed-
NGAS CEO William Daugherty said.                             Associated Press                          credits and free offers. The states     tell consumers they’re buying             eral Trade Commission, have
  He added that Daugherty Petroleum will                                                               say that Dish refused to take re-       used goods. The company also              sued Dish for alleged violations
stay on as operator of Stone Mountain, which                   Dish Network Corp. said                 sponsibility when customers             must require retailers that resell        of a federal telemarketing law
has a capacity of about 30 million cubic feet                Thursday it agreed to pay nearly          were misled by service resellers        its services to comply with the           and aren’t part of the settlement.
per day.                                                     $6 million to settle charges that         and equipment installers.               terms of the states’ agreement.             Dish did agree to comply with
  Seminole Energy Services is a privately                    it improperly marketed, pro-                 State officials also accused Dish       Dish will pay restitution to           Do Not Call and other telemar-
held midstream and marketing company                         moted and sold its products and           of charging customers’ credit           affected consumers who filed              keting laws as part of the 46-
with more than 6,200 customers.                              services.                                 cards and withdrawing money             complaints between Jan. 1, 2004,          state settlement.
                                                               Although the satellite TV pro-          from bank accounts without giv-         and July 9, 2009. People can also           Shares of Dish were up 43
                Rod Walton 581-8457                          vider isn’t admitting any wrong-          ing adequate notice and getting         file complaints over the next five        cents, or nearly 3 percent, to
                          doing in settling with attorneys          proper authorization. They also         months with their state’s attor-          close Thursday at $16.04.

U.S. airline traffic dips again
• April is the                         percent fewer domestic pas-          lines, which carried 3.88 mil-
                                                                                                                                                                                  Visit the
14th consecutive
monthly decrease.
                                       sengers and 8.4 percent fewer
                                       international passengers in
                                       the first four months.
                                                                            lion international passengers,
                                                                            a 3.9 percent decrease; and
                                                                            Delta Air Lines, with 3.54
                                                                                                                                                                                Tulsa World
By D.r. steWart
World Staff Writer
                                          Southwest Airlines flew
                                       more domestic passengers in
                                       the first four months — 31.8
                                                                            million passengers, a 4.7 per-
                                                                            cent decrease from the first
                                                                            four months of 2008.
   U.S. airline passenger traffic
                                       million, a 4.9 percent de-
                                       crease from the first four
                                                                               In domestic passenger
                                                                            boardings in the first four
                                                                                                                                                                                         QuikTrip Center
declined 5.6 percent in April,         months last year — than any          months, Atlanta Hartsfield-                                                                                  at Expo Square
to 59.5 million domestic and           other U.S. airline, BTS said.        Jackson International Airport
international passengers, the          American Airlines ranked             ranked first with 13.01 mil-
14th consecutive month of              second, carrying 27.57 million       lion, a 4.5 percent decrease
decreases, the Department of
Transportation said Thurs-
                                       domestic passengers through
                                       April, a 9.9 percent decrease
                                                                            from the first four months
                                                                            last year. Chicago O’Hare In-
   DOT’s Bureau of Transpor-
                                       from the same period of 2008.
                                       Third was Delta Air Lines,
                                                                            ternational Airport was the
                                                                            second busiest airport with
                                                                                                                        for a chance to
tation Statistics reported U.S.        which flew 21.3 million do-          8.9 million domestic passen-                     Win a
airlines carried 5.9 percent           mestic passengers in the first       ger boardings, a 10.8 percent
fewer domestic passengers              four months, a 7.1 percent de-       drop from the same period a                                                                       	 Friday, July 17	       9 am – 6 pm
and 3.7 percent fewer inter-           cline from the same months           year ago. Dallas-Fort Worth
national passengers in April.          last year.                           International Airport, with                                                                       	Saturday, July 18	      9 am – 6 pm
   BTS reported 222.1 million             In international passenger        8.19 million domestic passen-                       Gas Card!                                     	 Sunday, July 19	       11 am – 5 pm
domestic and international             traffic, American Airlines           ger boardings, a 4.3 percent
passengers flew on U.S. air-           ranked first with 6.3 million        decline from last year’s first
lines in the first four months         passengers through April,            four months, ranked third.
of 2009, a 9.1 percent drop            a 10 percent decrease from
from the first four months of          2008’s first four months; fol-             D.R. Stewart 581-8451
2008. U.S. airlines carried 9.2        lowed by Continental Air-       

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