Finalists for the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards

The winners were selected from a field of over 70 nominees in Santa Barbara County by independent judges not connected with the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation, the non-profit that hosts this unique Awards event.

“It is exciting for everyone involved, “ says Cathy Feldman, Board Chair and CEO of the Foundation. “We had an amazing group of candidates this year, and it was hard for our judges to narrow it down to the top three in each of the eight categories.”

The twenty-four finalists will be recognized for their achievements at the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards dinner. “These remarkable women range in age from 23 to 80. That’s why we wanted to tell the community about them because they all deserve recognition,” Feldman pointed out.

The same evening the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards will also honor high school and college student winners of SBCC’s Scheinfeld Center New Venture Challenge competition. Proceeds from the Awards dinner will go toward cash prizes for the winning student entrepreneurs, fulfilling the Foundation’s mission of supporting entrepreneurship at all levels in the Santa Barbara community.

Tickets are available until May 6 and they can be purchased online by going here. For more information email or call 805-682-8380.

The 24 finalists for the 2013 Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards by category:


Fay Doe, Underground Hair Artists,

Chanda Fetter, I=mx Pilates,

Joy Kelly, JuicePlus,


Marjorie Large, Deco Marketing Group,

Melisssa Marstead, Lucky Penny Press,

Kim Wiseley, LOVEMikana,

Emerging Business:

Heather Gray, Gray Electrical Consulting + Engineering,

Jake Kelly-Campbell, Chapala Gardens,

Jill Latham, Vibrant Earth Juices,


Julia Mayer, The French Press,

Alethea Tyner Paradis, Friendship Tours World Travel,

Judi Weisbart, A Busy Woman,


Ali Bauerlein, Inogen,

Michele Hinnrichs, PAT Industries, Inc.,

Annie Meyer, Eiffel Software,

Professional Services:

Samantha Keeping, Keeping Interiors,

Barbara Klein, Accrued Benefit Administration,

Suzanne McNeely, Senior Planning Services,


Jennifer Beinke, JLB Pet Products,

Susanne Chess, Fine Fabrics of Santa Barbara/Force Fins,

Calla Gold, Calla Gold Jewelry,

Rock Star: Life Acheivement

Kathy Odell, Annovium Products,

Betty Pilkington, Betty’s Fabrics,

Jeannine Richards, Santa Barbara Art & Silkscreen,

The Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation’s Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards are designed to recognize the contributions of women entrepreneurs in Santa Barbara County to the economy as well as to support future economic growth through the recognition and education of student entrepreneurs. For more information about the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards on Friday, May 10 from 6-9 PM at the Fess Parker Doubletree, go to or call 805-682-8380.


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