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2014 soe awardsnomination buttonThe 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 will be held on Friday, May 9, 2014 at the Fess Parker Resort from 6-9 p.m. We are thrilled to that Lynda Weinman, co-founder/executive chair of lynda.com and an amazing role model, will be our MC for our 4th annual event.

This year we will be honoring outstanding women entrepreneurs in 10 categories, many of which align with designated growth sectors in the County. The top three finalists in each category will be selected a month before the Spirit of Entrepreneurship™ Awards and announced here and in the press. The actual winners will be announced at the Awards dinner on May 9, 2014, just like the Academy Awards.

Tickets now available.


Winners of the 2013 Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards



Front row (left to right): Kathy Odell, Life Achievement; Ali Bauerlein, Medical, Science & Technology, and Melissa Marsted, Communications, Marketing & Publishing. Not shown: Alethea Tyner Paradis, Tourism & Hospitality. Back row: Jill Latham, Emerging Business; Susanne Chess, Retail, Wholesale, Manufacturing; Barbara Klein, Professional Services; Joy Kelly, Beauty & Fitness.

Learn more about the winners here.

Learn more about the student winners here.


The Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards™ Photos & Video

event photos To see photos by Linda Blue from the 2013 SOE Awards, click here »

Watch the video of the 2013 Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards by Lisa Angle, click here »


The Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards™ in the News

For information about making a contribution to the Spirit of Entrepreneurship™ Foundation, a 501(c) corporation, please call 805-682-8380.