Barbara Ben-Horin, left, Van Do-Reynoso, Ale Ortega-Botello, Naomi Dewey, Kenya Rodriguez, Erica Brown, Elubia Orozco, Nahsia Ortiz  (Courtesy photo)

Outstanding women business owners and community leaders in the Santa Barbara area were recognized recently at the 8th annual Bravo Awards, hosted by the National Association of Women Business Owners, Santa Barbara Chapter (NAWBO-SB).

Out of dozens of women nominated by NAWBO-SB members and the Santa Barbara community, eight winners, who have demonstrated stellar entrepreneurship, leadership and innovation, were celebrated.

2022 BRAVO Award Winners
Lifetime Achievement Award – Naomi Dewey, Trusted Legal
Woman Business Owner of the Year – Erica Brown, Dylan Star
Entrepreneur to Watch – Elubia Orozco, Elubia’s Kitchen
Philanthropic Champion –Barbara Ben-Horin, Consultant
Public Policy Leader of the Year – Dr. Van Do-Reynoso, Santa Barbara County Public Health Department
Education Advocate of the Year – Kenya Rodriguez, Girl’s Inc. of Carpinteria
NAWBO-SB Member of the Year – Ale Ortega-Botello, Mobile Notary
Rising Star of the Year – Nahsia Ortiz, La Colina Junior High School

“Every year we choose eight exceptional women to honor. The winners this year have truly lived our theme Excellence is an Attitude in their private and professional lives, inspiring excellence in a world full of challenges. We are proud to highlight this diverse group of talented women,” said Shannon Miller, NAWBO-SB president.

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NAWBO-SB is dedicated to advancing the economic development of female entrepreneurs in Santa Barbara by providing networking opportunities, support and education, as well as allowing business owners to create economic strength, strategic alliances, and business growth.