Nomination Form

NOMINATIONS for the 2019 SOE Awards are closed for 2019!

Please check back in January 2020 for the 2020 Awards.

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.

Nominations closed on February 20, 2019 for the SOE 2019 Awards.