2018 Spirit of Entrepreneurship Finalists Named

The 33 finalists for the 2018 Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation Awards have been announced. 

They will be recognized for their business achievements at the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards dinner from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 4 at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort, formerly Fess Parker’s Doubletree Hotel Resort.  

To see a list of all finalists, see: http://soefoundation.org/industry/awards-2018-finalists/ 

“These remarkable women have such a variety of enterprises that we think it is important to tell the community about them,” said Cathy Feldman, CEO, board chairwoman and founder of the nonprofit Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation. “In fact, every one of them deserves recognition,” 

The winners were selected from a field of more than 115 nominees in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties by independent judges who reside outside the tri-county area and are not connected with the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation, which hosts the event. 

One recipient was unanimously selected by the foundation board for the impact she has made on the community as a woman business owner and philanthropist. Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree will be honored as the 2018 “Rock Star: Life Achievement Award” winner. She is the CEO of Pacific Air Industries, a company based in Chatsworth that supplies airplane parts to airlines and companies. 

Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards also will honor high school and college student winners of SBCC’s Scheinfeld Center New Venture Challenge competition. Proceeds from the dinner 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 Southern California Edison Co. 

To buy tickets for the May 4 dinner, see www.soefoundation.org and click on the red banner at the top. For more information contact Feldman at [email protected] or call (805) 682-8380.  

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