2019 Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards Finalists Named

Thirty finalists have been named for this year’s Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards. 

The awards are given annually to recognize contributions of women entrepreneurs to the economy in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties and to support future economic growth through recognition, financial support and education of student entrepreneurs. 

Working with the Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Santa Barbara City College, the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation provides prizes in the form of seed capital, and scholarships to the top three high school and collegiate student entrepreneurs who win the New Venture Challenge business pitch competition. 

The winning women entrepreneurs will be announced May 3 at the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards dinner at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. 

This year’s Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award finalists are: 

Arts & Entertainment:   

Samantha Bennett, The Organized Artist Co., www.therealsambennett.com 

Nicole Dailey, HEAT Culinary, www.heatculinary.com 

Laurie Gross, Laurie Gross Studios, www.lauriegrossstudios.com 

Green & Social Entrepreneur:    

Emily Barany, VISIONALITY, www.visionalitypartners.com 

Caleigh Hernandez, RoHo, www.loveRoHo.com 

Michelle Stevens, The Refill Shoppe, www.therefillshoppe.com 

Health & Wellness:        

Carmen Curtis, The Aerial Studio, www.theaerialstudio.net 

Melodee Meyer, Martial Arts Family 

Adrienne Smith, Power of Your Om Yoga Studio, www.powerofyourom.com 

Hospitality & Tourism: 

Leanne Schlinger, Santa Ynez Vacation Rentals, www.santaynezvacationrentals.com 

Diane Smith, Joy by the Spoonful, www.joybythespoonful.com 

Tammy White, Grapes and Hops, www.grapesandhops.org 

Media & Communications: 

Denise Bean-White, consortium-media.com, www.consortium-media.com 

Jamie Edlin, Hollywood & Wine, www.hollywoodandwine.net 

Marjorie Large, WitMark Marketing & Branding Group, www.witmarkgroup.com 


Jen Barron, Girls Rock Santa Barbara, www.girlsrocksb.org 

Sue Eisaguirre, NatureTrack Foundation, www.naturetrack.org 

Karen Lee Stevens, Therapy Dogs of Santa Barbara, www.TherapyDogsSB.org 

Professional Services 

Lisa Amador, Amador Matchmaking, www.amadormatchmaking.com 

Sara Caputo, Sara Caputo Consulting, www.saracaputoconsulting.com 

Melissa Sayer, Matilija Law Inc., www.matilijalaw.com 


Reyna Chavez, Scrubs on the Run Medical Uniforms & Accessories, Inc., www.scrubsontherununiforms.com 

Claudia Cordova Rucker, Aqua skin and nail bar, Inc., www.aquaskinandnailcare.com 

Leslie Person Ryan, Letter Perfect Ink, Design & Nature, Alessaro Designs, Beach Cottage Confections, www.letterperfectsantabarbara.com 

Science & Technology 

Grace Martin, Martin Materials Solutions, Inc., www.spaceglass.us 

Adriana Jadranka Mezic, AIMdyn, Inc., www.aimdyn.com 

Shawn Sullivan, Above All Aviation, Inc., www.aboveallsba.com 

Wholesale, Manufacturing, Online Retail 

Kate Flynn, Sun & Swell Foods, www.sunandswellfoods.com 

Lindsey Mickelson, Mothersun and the Captain, www.mothersunshop.com 

Andrea Ridgell, Glop & Glam, www.glopandglam.com 

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