The Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation held a breakfast to honor the winners of the 2014 Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards and to thank their sponsors for their generous support. The festive event was held at Marmalade Café’s private dining room on June 24.
“There is so little time at the Awards to learn about the businesses of our winning entrepreneurs, “ says Cathy Feldman, Board Chair and CEO of the Foundation. “Being able to meet informally and have time for the winners to meet each other, our sponsors and share their stories is a lot of fun for everyone.”
Spirit of Entrepreneurship Celebration Breakfast was attended by the 2014 –winners as well as sponsors including Montecito Bank & Trust, lynda.com, Southern California Edison, Cox Media, Pacific Western Bank, Marmalade Café, The Fess Parker Resort, Matthew I. Berger Law Group and many others. For a complete list of our great sponsors go to www.soefoundation.org/oursponsors/php
Each of the winners present were given certificates by representatives of our elected officials including Wendy Motta for Congressperson Lois Capp; Alexandra Briante for State Senator Hannah Beth Jackson, Annett Huratado for Assemblymember Das Williams and Mary O’Gorman for Second District Supervisor Janet Wolf. Although she was unable to be there, Mayor Helene Schneider also prepared certificates from the City of Santa Barbara.
The winners of the 2014 Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards show the certificates they received from our elected representatives who are also pictured. From left: Marianne Partridge, SB Independent; Alexandra Briante; Annett Huratado; Mary O’Gorman; Kathy Joseph, Fiddlehead Cellars; Wendy Motta; Kymberlee Weil, Strategic Samurai; Anita Chambers; Odulair, LLC; Calla Gold, Calla Gold Jewelry, and Suzanne McNeely, Senior Planning Services.
Other winners not present: Amy Chalker, Isabella’s Gourmet Food; Lacey Grevious, The Refillery; Betty Hatch, SelfEsteem.org, and Michele Hinnrichs, Gas Imaging Technology, LLC.
The Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation’s Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards are designed to recognize the contributions of women entrepreneurs in Santa Barbara County for the benefit of student entrepreneurs. Proceeds from the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards go to the winners of the SBCC Scheinfeld Center’s New Venture Challenge, a business pitch competition for regional high school and collegiate students. This year the Foundation raised $12,500 as seed money for the student winners.
“The mission of the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation is to support entrepreneurship at all levels in Santa Barbara County because entrepreneurs are the engine for growing our economy,” Feldman added. “By recognizing women entrepreneurs for the benefit of student entrepreneurs, we believe we are making an important contribution.”
For more information about the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards and the wining women and students go to www.soefoundation.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 805-682-8380