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Finalists Named for 2014 Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards

On the evening of May 9 at Fess Parker's DoubleTree Resort, Lynda Weinman, co-founder and executive chair of lynda.com, will ask for “The envelope, please” and reveal the nine outstanding women entrepreneurs who have won the 2014 Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards.

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The 27 finalists for the 2014 Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards. (Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation photo)

The winners were selected from a field of more than 80 nominees in Santa Barbara County by independent judges do not live in Santa Barbara and are not connected with the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation, the nonprofit that hosts this unique event.

“It is exciting for everyone involved, “ said Cathy Feldman, board chairwoman and CEO of the foundation. “We had an amazing group of candidates this year, and it was hard for our judges to narrow it down to the top three in each of the categories.”

The 27 finalists will be recognized for their achievements at the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards dinner.

“These remarkable women range in age from 23 to 76," Feldman said. "That’s why we wanted to tell the community about them because they all deserve recognition.”

One winner was selected by the foundation board and announced prior to the awards: Betty Hatch, who will be honored as the Rock Star: Life Achievement winner for 2014. Hatch was one of the first successful women entrepreneurs in Santa Barbara. She will be receiving her award at the gala dinner.

The same evening the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards will also honor high school and college student winners of SBCC’s Scheinfeld Center New Venture Challenge competition.

Proceeds from the awards dinner will go toward cash prizes, in the form of seed money, as well as scholarships for the winning student entrepreneurs. Several sponsors also contribute directly to the student awards, including Montecito Bank & Trust and lynda.com. This fulfills the foundation’s mission of supporting entrepreneurship at all levels in the Santa Barbara community.

Tickets are available until May 4 and can be purchased online by clicking here and clicking on the Buy Tickets Now button. For more information, email [email protected] or call 805.682.8380.

The 27 finalists for the 2014 Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards by category:


» Kathy Joseph, Fiddlehead Cellars, www.FiddleheadCellars.com
» Sonja Magdevski, Casa Dumetz Wines, www.casadumetzwines.com
» Denise Woolery, Acanthus Landscape Design, http://acanthusdesign.net

Emerging Business

» Amy Chalker, Isabella Gourmet Foods,  www.isabellagourmetfoods.com
» Robin Elander, Global Good Impact,  http://globalgoodimpact.com/
» Pam Tanase, WorkZones, www.workzones.com

Green Business:
» Dr. Sharon Donohoe, Turbine Technology Partners, www.turbinetechpartners.com
» Lacey Grevious, The Refillery, www.the-refillery.com
» Kimberly True, True Nature Design, www.truenaturedesign.com


» Sandra Hirsch, Isolite Systems, www.isolitesystems.com
» Suzanne McNeely, Senior Planning Services, www.seniorplanningservices.com
» Marlo Tell, Marlo’s Massage, http://marlosmassage.com


» Holley Proctor Malia, Grey Matter Marketing, www.greymattermarketing.com
» Marianne Partridge, The Independent, www.independent.com
» Lorrie Thomas Ross, Web Marketing Therapy, www.webmarketingtherapy.com

Professional Services

» Janean Acevedo Daniels, Law Offices of Janean Acevedo Daniels, www.jadanielslaw.com
» Renee Grubb, Village Properties, www.villagesite.com
» Kymberlee Weil, Strategic Samurai, http://strategicsamurai.com


» Calla Gold , Calla Gold Jewelry, www.callagoldjewelry.com
» Kiona Gross, Curious Cup Bookstore, www.curiouscup.com
» Sherry Villanueva, The Lark/Lucky Penny/Les Marchands de Vin, www.thelarksb.com


» Heather Gray, Gray Electrical Consulting + Engineering, www.gecellc.com
» Michele Hinnrichs, PAT Industries, Inc., www.patinc.com
» Dr. Chandra Krintz, AppScale, www.appscale.com

Wholesale/Manufacturing/Global Trade

» Patricia Bragg, Bragg Live Foods, www.bragg.com
» Anita Chambers, Odulair, LLC, www.odulair.com
» Karen Klein, Karen Klein Life, www.karenkleinlife.com

Rock Star: Life Achievement

» Betty Hatch, La Belle Modeling Agency, SelfEsteem.org, www.selfesteem.org

The Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation’s Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards are designed to recognize the contributions of women entrepreneurs in Santa Barbara County to the economy as well as to support future economic growth through the recognition and education of student entrepreneurs.

For more information about the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards on Friday, May 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Fess Parker's DoubleTree Resort, click here or call 805.682.8380.

— Cathy Feldman is the board chairwoman/CEO for the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation.


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