SOE Foundation Awards
Bringing together business, education, entrepreneurs and students for workforce and economic development.
The SOE Foundation’s Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards recognize the contributions of outstanding women entrepreneurs to the economies of Santa Barbara & Ventura Counties, and also support future economic growth through the recognition, financial support, and education of student entrepreneurs. View award FAQ's >
Spirit of Entrepreneurship
2018 Winners will be Announced
Friday May 4, 2018
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort
(newly renovated Fess Parker Resort)
2017 Green ~ Social Entrepreneurship
Believe in yourself. Things will inevitably be tough when you start a business. Don’t let the challenges get you down. They are part of the process and they will only make you and your business stronger.
2017 Non Profit
My goal was to offer women a chance to connect with the world through music and movement while helping people in need.
2017 Professional Services
I am most proud of and inspired by, the profound effect we are having on women’s lives by challenging them to do something that they thought they could never do.
My mum always taught me to make do and mend. As the youngest of seven growing up in a low-income household it was necessary. But that advice has served me well over the years as I grew my business.
2017 Science & Technology
When you own your own business, you have the ability to do things the way you see fit. Starting my own company, I now had the ability to "cut the bureaucracy, and deliver value to the customer without being overly worried about short term results.
2017 Giving Back Award
Bringing a new product category to market that required our own manufacturing and consumer education. But it’s been a great education.
SBCC Scheinfeld Center
The Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Santa Barbara City College trains entrepreneurs and assists small businesses using a comprehensive approach combining theoretical curriculum, practical application, experiential methods, mentoring, counseling, internships, networking, and post-start-up support. At the Scheinfeld Center, you can build or grow your business in the classroom. Read more >
The goal of the SOE Foundation is to support entrepreneurship at all levels in SB County.