2014 Winners

Rock Star: Life Achievement

betty hatch Betty Hatch, La Belle Modeling Agency

Betty was one of the first successful women entrepreneurs in Santa Barbara. She started La Belle Modeling Agency in the 1960s at the age of 25 and trained a generation of top models, including Kathy Ireland. She also founded the Santa Barbara Council for Self-Esteem, the original Santa Barbara County Film Festival, Leadership Santa Barbara as well as being President of the SB Regional Chamber of Commerce, serving on national boards and so much more. She has been a role model for women entrepreneurs in Santa Barbara County for many years.



Kathy Joseph, Fiddlehead Cellars

Fiddlehead is a happy family of hard workers who love the business and artistic challenges of making great wine; together we thrive on taking pride in our handmade approach. As a boutique, focused winery, we operate passionately and seamlessly and commit to growing and making only Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc wines. Kathy's mission is to have the love of making wine reflected in every sip!


Emerging Business:

Amy Chalker, Isabella Gourmet Foods

In her newest entrepreneurial endeavor, Amy Isabella Chalker marries the down home charm of an East Coast general store with the intimate, upscale setting that befits the Santa Barbara lifestyle. Launched in May 2013, Isabella Gourmet Foods fills a niche in Santa Barbara; a boutique specialty grocery run by a Dietitian and focused on supporting the local artisan food community as well as artisan food communities of the West Coast and New England.


Green Business:

Lacey Grevious, The Refillery

The Refillery offer household cleaning supplies and body products by the ounce to encourage the reuse of our bottles and reduce what ends up in our landfill. Most of our products are also unscented and we offer 90 different oils to custom scent our products to make the experience fun and personalized. You can bring in your own bottle or buy a fresh one at the shop. Either way our hope is that you'll keep refilling your container until it falls apart on you.



Suzanne McNeely, Senior Planning Services

Senior Planning Services helps families and seniors find solutions for aging issues that promote dignity, independence and quality of life. The company works with seniors and their families to consider their personal life styles, resources and preferences to address current health care crises as well as to plan for the future. It provides professional caregivers matched to the client and their family system who are carefully screened, trained and overseen by licensed health care professionals. Additionally, Senior Planning Services advocate for seniors who lack family to represent them.



Marianne Partridge, Santa Barbara Independent

For 27 years The Santa Barbara Independent has been the largest weekly news and arts publication on the Central Coast. For the last 9 years we have also published a daily web version that serves the region for current, up-to-the-minute news and event information. The Independent is an award winning publication both in print and on line. No other media company in the region has our long history of social involvement and institutional knowledge about the political, educational, arts, business, legal and entertainment communities in this community.


Professional Services

Kymberlee Weil, Strategic Samurai

Strategic Samurai offers strategic performance enhancement for people all over the world. Our specialties range from transformational speaker coaching for TEDx speakers to breakthrough thinking workshops for executives. We change people's lives by giving them tools and techniques to re-imagine what is possible. With 20+ years in a variety of martial arts and 20+ years with a variety of businesses, we have created a unique approach to problem solving and overcoming barriers that combines the two.



Calla Gold, Calla Gold Jewelry

Calla is a Jeweler Without Walls, a jeweler without the typical bricks and mortar store. She meets her clients by appointment only at their home, office or her club, The University Club of Santa Barbara and has been doing this for 16 years. Calla Gold Jewelry sells fine gold jewelry, custom designs jewelry with a specialty in Bridal jewelry, repairs jewelry and does estate jewelry restoration and re-design. She has also written a book, "The Language of Jewelry Design" to help brides explain what they want to other jewelers.



Michele Hinnrichs, Gas Imaging Technologies

Pacific Advanced Technology was created for Research & Development in the field of state of the art electro-optics technology. For the past 26 years we have developed new and innovative technology based on ideas developed by Michele, who holds several patents on it. This led to the formation of a wholly owned subsidiary, Gas Imaging Technology (GIT), that manufactures and sells gas imaging cameras worldwide to the oil and gas industries for the detection of greenhouse gas emissions and other dangerous gas leaks. While GIT focuses on the commercial market, PAT, the parent company, continues to work with the Department of Defense and several branches of the military.


Wholesale/Manufacturing/Global Trade:

Anita Chambers, Odulair, LLC

Odulair, LLC designs, manufacturers, and markets mobile medical clinics for 40 medical specialties including internal medicine, mother & child health, dialysis, dental, ophthalmology, surgery, endoscopy, audiology, and many more. These clinics range in size from 4x4 trucks to 53' semi-trailers for performing more sophisticated medical procedures such as dialysis and surgery. These large clinics are U.S. healthcare code compliant and are being used around the world.


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