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Published: September 20, 2007
Auction Network planned
TULSA — A group of Tulsa entrepreneurs is planning to launch Auction Network, an Internet and television network that will auction everything from homes and animals to sports and Hollywood memorabilia.

"This is the first live, interactive, real-time global auction network,” said Chief Executive Pam McKissick, the former president and chief operating officer of TV Guide Networks.

McKissick led the formation of Auction Network with Dean Williams, chief executive of the Tulsa real estate auction firm Williams & Williams.

The group plans to launch its first phase Oct. 28 with streaming video online.

Tech company wins award
NORMAN — SouthWest NanoTechnologies Inc. will be one of 55 U.S. companies honored with the 2007 Tibbetts Award from the Small Business Technology Council at an Oct. 10 ceremony in Washington, officials said.

SouthWest NanoTechnologies was chosen from more than 4,000 companies that receive contracts and grants under the Small Business Innovation Research Program each year.

Named for Roland Tibbetts, acknowledged as the father of the SBIR program, the national awards are made annually to small firms, projects, organizations and individuals judged to exemplify the best in SBIR achievement.

SWeNT was founded in 2001 to commercialize nanotube technology developed by Daniel Resasco, Douglas and Hilda Bourne Chair of Chemical Engineering and George Lynn Cross Research Professor at the University of Oklahoma.

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