Nomination Form

NOMINATIONS for the 2019 SOE Awards are open!

Please fill in the form below to nominate an outstanding woman entrepreneur.
Deadline for nominations is February 20th.

NOTE: A woman only needs one nomination to move to the next stage of our Awards program.

The Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards will be held on Friday, May 3, 2019, at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort where we will honor up to twelve women entrepreneurs in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, in the general categories listed on the application below.

The SOE Awards™ celebrate and acknowledge women entrepreneurs  who are making a difference in or with their business – regardless of the size of the business.

Who can be nominated?
If you know a woman entrepreneur who is building/has built a business, please nominate her! If you are that entrepreneur, please nominate yourself!

Who can fill out the Nomination Form?
Anyone familiar with the nominee or you can nominate yourself.
Once someone is nominated once they are then invited to fill in an Awards Submission Form. We do not give awards based on the number of nominations someone receives.

What are we looking for?
When the nominee fills out the application, we will be looking for examples in any of the following areas of how the entrepreneur:

  • Contributed to their community, e.g.: financially, created jobs, giving back, etc.
  • Demonstrated innovation
  • Developed a brand presence and has built their business or nonprofit
  • Achieved success

How does SOE define Entrepreneur?
One or more of the following:

  • Founder or Co-Founder and still working in the business
  • Owner of a significant percentage of the business
    (NOTE: It is not a requirement to have started the business)

What about Nonprofit CEOs or Executive Directors?
We welcome nominations for Nonprofit CEOs or Executive Directors who meet one or more of these criteria:

  • Founder or Co-Founder and still leading the organization
  • Leader of the nonprofit for 5 years or more and the organization has significantly increased its impact



Please complete the entire online form below.

  • View category descriptions for details about each.
  • Once the nomination is accepted the candidate will be notified and sent a more detailed application form to complete.
  • We only need one nomination for a woman to be invited to participate in the Awards process.
  • For more information, view our FAQs or call 805-965-6073 or send an email to
  • Questions with an * are required.

    Thank you for nominating an entrepreneur for the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards. Questions with an * are required. After you click submit please scroll down the page to be sure no fields are missing and the form was submitted. THANK YOU!
  • If you know the individual's business title (i.e.: founder, CEO, executive director, etc.) please type it here.
  • Check the category that you believe the business is in. View descriptions (see link above). If you are not sure about the category check: "UNSURE"
  • Please include the website if you know it. It must include http:// . We recommend you copy the website url or leave this field blank.
  • If you don't have this information, you can still submit this form.
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  • In a few words (500 characters or less) please tell us a little about your nominee and why you think she should receive a SOE award.

  • Please tell us your first and last name.
  • What is your relationship to the individual that you are nominating?
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