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2015 soe awardsThe Spirit of Entrepreneurship™ Foundation’s Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards™ are designed to recognize the contributions of outstanding women entrepreneurs in Santa Barbara County to the economy as well as to support future economic growth through the recognition, financial support and education of student entrepreneurs. In a very real way, we honor women entrepreneurs for the benefit of student entrepreneurs.

Working with the Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship at Santa Barbara City College, the Foundation provides prizes (in the form of seed capital), and scholarships for high school and collegiate student entrepreneurs (or teams of students) who win the Scheinfeld Center's New Venture Challenge competition.

lynda weinmanThe Spirit of Entrepreneurship™ Awards Dinner was held on Friday, May 8, 2015 at the Fess Parker Resort, and Lynda Weinman, co-founder/executive chair of and an amazing role model, was again our emcee for a wonderful evening of inspiring stories of the women and student entrepreneurs.

The Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards™ event is unique in that it inspires student entrepreneurs with role models as well as providing them with seed capital in the form of cash prizes. At the same time outstanding women entrepreneurs are recognized for their achievements with beautiful awards from Tiffany & Co. The proceeds from the event go toward underwriting the following year's student prizes.

Below are the winners of our hugely successful 5th annual Awards:

2015 winners

Seated: Lisa Grossman, Nannies2Go (Professional Services); Dr. Elizabeth Wisniewski, Genuine Chiropractic (Emerging Business); Dorothy Largay, Linked Foundation (Rock Star), and Kim Wiseley, Flutter Magazine (Media/Communications).

Standing: Sandra Hirsch, Isolite Systems (Health); Kimberly True, True Nature Design (Agricultural/Wineries); Lynette La Mere, Pure Joy Catering (Hsopitality/Toursim), Kristin Faser, The Grapeseed Company (Wholesale/Manufacturing/Global Trade); Marsha Bailey, Women's Economic Ventures (Nonprofit); Marge Cafarelli, Alma del Pueblo/The Public Market (Green/Social Entrepreneurship); Anne Pazier, Santa Barbara Gift Baskets (Retail), and Anupama Vaid, ParentSquare (Science/Technology).

Learn more about the winners here »

Learn more about the student winners here »

The Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards™ Photos

event photos To see a slideshow by Linda Blue from the 2015 SOE Awards, click here »

The Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards™ Video

Watch the video of the 2015 Spirit of Entrepreneurship™ Awards Ceremony by Lisa Angle of, click here »

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