spirit of entrepreneurship

2014 Spirit of Entrepreneurship™ Awards
May 9, 2014
Fess Parker's DoubleTree Resort
6 - 9 p.m.



The Spirit of Entrepreneurship™ Foundation's 2014 Spirit of Entrepreneurship™ Awards was held on Friday, May 9, 2014 at the Fess Parker Resort, and it was a huge success. Not only did we honor 11 outstanding women entrepreneurs in Santa Barbara County, but we were able to raise $12,000 in seed money for the high school and collegiate winners of Santa Barbara City College Scheinfeld Center's New Venture Challenge (NVC) business plan competition.

lynda weinmanThe mission of the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation is to support economic at all levels in Santa Barbara County. With the Spirit of Entrepreneurship™ Awards, in a very real way, we honor women entrepreneurs for the benefit of student entrepreneurs. The winning women are also role models who inspire the student entrepreneurs, and their beautiful engraved awards from Tiffany are a fitting tribute.

Lynda Weinman, co-founder/executive chair of lynda.com and an amazing role model, was our MC for a wonderful evening of great food and inspiring stories of the women and student entrepreneurs.

Special thanks to Montecito Bank & Trust, lynda.com and Southern California Edison for helping to underwriting student awards for the 2014 Spirit of Entrepreneurship™ Awards, where a total of $12,000 of cash prizes were given to the winning students.


The winners of the 2014 Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards are:

2014 winners

Seated: Calla Gold, Calla Gold Jewelry; Kymberlee Weil, Strategic Samurai.
Standing: Lacey Grevious, The Refillery; Amy Chalker, Isabella Gourmet Foods; Marianne Partridge, SB Independent; Lynda Weinman, lynda.com and emcee for the Awards; Suzanne McNeely, Senior Planning Services, and Michele Hinnrichs, Gas Imaging Techonologies
Not Shown: Kathy Jacobs, Fiddlehead Cellars; Anita Chambers, Odulair, LLC; Betty Hatch, SelfEsteem.org


Learn more about the winners here.

Learn more about the student winners here.


The Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards™ Photos

event photos To see a slideshow by Linda Blue from the 2014 SOE Awards, click here »


The Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards™ Video

Watch the video of the 2014 Spirit of Entrepreneurship™ Awards Ceremony by Lisa Angle of ninetydegreesmedia.com, click here »


The Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards™ in the News


For information about making a contribution to the Spirit of Entrepreneurship™ Foundation, a 501(c) corporation, please call 805-682-8380.