SOE Awards

Bringing together business, education, entrepreneurs and students for workforce and economic development.

For 10 years, The Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards has recognized the contributions of outstanding women entrepreneurs to the economies of Santa Barbara & Ventura Counties, while also supporting future economic growth through the recognition, financial support, and education of student entrepreneurs. View award FAQ's >

Heather Hochrein

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.

Alelia Parenteau

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.

2017 Retail

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.

Payal Kamdar

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 >

2020 Spirit of Entrepreneurship Winners

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The goal of the Spirit of Entrepreneurship is to support entrepreneurship at all levels throughout the counties of Santa Barbara and Ventura.