Spirit Of Entrepreneurship Awards

A WEV program celebrating the incredible contributions of women entrepreneurs in Santa Barbara & Ventura Counties

Women's Economic Ventures (WEV) is a nonprofit organization that has been dedicated to empowering women and minorities in Santa Barbara & Ventura Counties for the past 30 years. The Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards are presented by WEV to celebrate and highlight the contributions of outstanding women business owners. 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.

2021 Finalist Montage

THANK YOU TO OUR 2021 sponsors

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Innovation Level

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County of Ventura
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Thriving Level

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Interested in becoming a sponsor? Please contact Kate MacNaughton@wevonline.org or 805.908.0091


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