spirit of entrepreneurship 2012 Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards™
May 11, 2012
Fess Parker's DoubleTree Resort
6 - 9 p.m.

The Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards™ are designed to recognize the contributions of women in Santa Barbara County to the economy as well as to support future economic growth through the education of student entrepreneurs.

We are excited to have Lynda Weinman, co-founder/executive chair of lynda.com and an amazing role model, as the keynote speaker for our second annual event. This year we honored eight women in the Santa Barbara community who have shown entrepreneurial success. Nominations are open to any woman business owner in Santa Barbara County in the following categories:

• Health/Fitness/Beauty
• Professional Services
• Publishing/Communications/Media
• Real Estate/Construction
• Science & Technology
• Tourism/Hospitality
• Wholesale/Retail
• Rock Star: Top level woman entrepreneur


Meet the winners of the 2012 Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards™. To learn more about them, click here.

From left: Mindy Bingham, Rock Star; Carol Ashley, Real Estate/Construction; Karen Mora, Professional Services; Kathy Gruver, Health/Fitness/Beauty; Rachael Steidl, Publishing/Communications/Media; Kelly Jensen, Wholesale/Retail; Kathy Odell for Darya Bronston, Science/Technology/Manufacturing, and Merryl Brown, Tourism/Hospitality.

The Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards™ Dinner is held in conjunction with the Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Santa Barbara City College. The Scheinfeld Center's New Venture Challenge is a two-tiered business pitch competition for SBCC students and area high school students to promote youth entrepreneurship. The student awards include scholarship and/or cash prizes for the first, second and third place at both the college and high school level and received their prizes at the Awards Event. All the winners attended as guests of the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation. For more about the student winners, click here.

The Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards™ is the main focus of the The Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation, a 501(c)3 corporation. The Awards Dinner fulfills the Foundation’s goal of supporting and encouraging entrepreneurship at all levels.

Proceeds from the event, which is hosted by the The Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation, will go toward underwriting the following year's award dinner and funding at least two prizes to the Scheinfeld Center for the 2013 event. Special thanks to Montecito Bank & Trust and lynda.com for underwriting student awards for this year’s Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards™ where a total of $7,500 of cash prizes were given to the winning students.

Event Photos!

Click here to see a slide show of the gala Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards™ Dinner 2012
Please note that the slide show takes a minute or more to load. At the end of it you will see a gallery of all the pictures taken at the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards™. The slide show is not ipad or iphone friendly. However, the picture gallery is and you can link directly to it here. A big thank you to Jacqueline Pilar of www.pilarreflections.com for the terrific photos and slide show.

Video of the 2012 Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards™ Ceremony

Click here to see a video of the entire program and awards ceremony of the 2012 Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards™ event. Includes the great keynote by Lynda Weinman of Lynda.com and all the student and women entrepreneurs receiving their awards. Thank you to Lisa Angle of Ninety Degrees Media for this great video.

The Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards™ in the News

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