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2014 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 9, 2014 at the Fess Parker Resort, and Lynda Weinman, co-founder/executive chair of lynda.com and an amazing role model, was our MC for a wonderful evening of great food and 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 cash prizes while honoring outstanding women entrepreneurs with beautiful engraved awards from Tiffany. The proceeds from the event go toward funding the student prizes and underwriting the following year's award dinner.

Special thanks to Montecito Bank & Trust, lynda.com and Southern California Edison for helping to underwriting student awards for the 2014 Spirit of Entrepreneurship™ Awards, where a total of $12,000 of cash prizes were given to the winning students.

Learn more about the winners of our hugely successful 4th annual event here.


The winners of the 2014 Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards are:

2014 winners

Seated: Calla Gold, Calla Gold Jewelry; Kymberlee Weil, Strategic Samurai.
Standing: Lacey Grevious, The Refillery; Amy Chalker, Isabella Gourmet Foods; Marianne Partridge, SB Independent; Lynda Weinman, lynda.com and emcee for the Awards; Suzanne McNeely, Senior Planning Services, and Michele Hinnrichs, Gas Imaging Techonologies
Not Shown: Kathy Jacobs, Fiddlehead Cellars; Anita Chambers, Odulair, LLC; Betty Hatch, SelfEsteem.org


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 2014 SOE Awards, click here »


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