The Spirit of Entrepreneurship™ Foundation’s Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards™ are designed to recognize the contributions of outstanding women entrepreneurs in Santa Barbara County to the economy as well as to support future economic growth through the recognition, financial support, and education of student entrepreneurs. In a very real way, we honor women entrepreneurs for the benefit of student entrepreneurs.
Working with the Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship at Santa Barbara City College, the Foundation provides prizes (in the form of seed capital), and scholarships for high school and collegiate student entrepreneurs (or teams of students) who win the Scheinfeld Center's New Venture Challenge competition.
The Spirit of Entrepreneurship™ Awards Dinner will be held on Friday, May 9, 2014 at the Fess Parker Resort from 6-9 p.m. We are thrilled to that Lynda Weinman, co-founder/executive chair of lynda.com and an amazing role model, will be our MC for our 4th annual event.
This year we will be honoring outstanding women entrepreneurs in 10 categories, many of which align with designated growth sectors in the County. Nominations open February 4, 2014 and close on March 23, 2014. Any successful women entrepreneur in Santa Barbara County can be nominated or nominate herself using our online or downloadable form that will be available here.
Winners of the 2013 Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards
Front row (left to right): Kathy Odell, Life Achievement; Ali Bauerlein, Medical, Science & Technology, and Melissa Marsted, Communications, Marketing & Publishing. Not shown: Alethea Tyner Paradis, Tourism & Hospitality. Back row: Jill Latham, Emerging Business; Susanne Chess, Retail, Wholesale, Manufacturing; Barbara Klein, Professional Services; Joy Kelly, Beauty & Fitness.
Learn more about the winners here.
Learn more about the student winners here.
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For information about making a contribution to the Spirit of Entrepreneurship™ Foundation, a 501(c) corporation, please call 805-682-8380.