Green Pioneer Holds Contest for Entrepreneurs

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To celebrate the release of his new memoir, 1000 Dollars and an Idea, American entrepreneur Sam Wyly is giving one winner a chance to kickstart an entrepreneurial dream.

one of the most, if not the most, successful post-war entrepreneur

To celebrate the release of his new memoir, 1000 Dollars and an Idea, American entrepreneur Sam Wyly is giving one winner a chance to kickstart an entrepreneurial dream. Entrants of this contest will have a chance of winning a grand prize of $1,000. The winner and twenty runners-up will also receive a signed copy of his new book, 1000 Dollars and an Idea. Entrants may simply fill out a form at the 1000 Dollars and an Idea web site (http://www.1000dollarsandanidea.com/Contest.htm).

1000 Dollars and an Idea (Newmarket Press, Sept. 2008) tells the story of how an entire empire of retail stores, chain restaurants, computer utilities, and green energy providers was built with just $1,000 and Sam Wyly's creative ideas. The man who Forbes named "one of the most, if not the most, successful post-war entrepreneur" in America shares his long life in the business world. More than a rags-to-riches story, Sam Wyly writes with a flair that motivates people from all walks of life to follow their dreams.

Wyly's accomplishments include several areas of business. After leaving IBM in the early 1960s, he founded the University Computing Company, which featured the groundbreaking model of shared computing power as opposed to building a mammoth, room-sized computer at every site. He pitted his own company DATRAN against the telephone monopoly of AT&T and eventually won. He founded Green Mountain Energy, the largest supplier of clean energy in the U.S. A Texas native, he also purchased brands like Bonanza Steakhouse and Michaels crafts stores.

The deadline for entering the contest is October 31 at 11:59 EST. For more information on Sam Wyly, including interview opportunities, media can contact TJ Dietderich at Planned Television Arts, 212-593-6305.

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