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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Press Conference: Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards Nominations Open

The Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation is looking for eight great women entrepreneurs in Santa Barbara County for their 2013 Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards. Nominations will open on January 16, and past winners will be on hand to share their success stories.


Nominations are open for the 3rd Annual Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards created to honor truly outstanding women entrepreneurs in eight categories for their contributions to the economy. The top nominees and winners will be celebrated at a gala awards dinner on Friday, May 10, 2013 at the Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort. Lynda Weinman, co-founder/executive chair of lynda.com, will be the MC for the event.

The Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards are held in conjunction with the Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Santa Barbara City College. The week before the Awards, the Scheinfeld Center will put on a one-day business pitch competition for SBCC students and area high school students to promote youth entrepreneurship. There will be three student prizes at both the college and high school level. The winners of both tiers will be not only be the guests of the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation and receive their prizes at the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards dinner, proceeds from the event will also be funding cash prizes for the students winners 2013.

Who: Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation Board and winners of 2012 Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards

What: Press conference to announce opening of Nominations for 2013 Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards

When: Wed., Jan. 16, 2013 at 11 AM

Where: Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort, Lobby

Why: Let all women entrepreneurs in SB County know that they can be nominated for these prestigious awards AND meet the remarkable 2012 winners

Special thanks to Montecito Bank & Trust and Lynda.com and our other great sponsors for their generous support of the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards.

Questions: call Cathy Feldman, Board Chair/CEO, Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation at 805-682-8775. More info at www.soefoundation.org

Additional information about the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards for press conference on January 16, 2013:

Categories for 2013:

• Beauty/Fitness

• Communications/Media /Publishing

• Emerging Business (less than 2 yrs old)

• Hospitality/Tourism

• Medical/Science/Technology

• Professional Services*

• Retail /Wholesale/Manufacturing

• Rock Star: Life Achievement Award

*Open to any profession that requires a license like accounting, legal, real estate, etc.

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