Women’s Economic Ventures has announced this year’s winners of the 10th annual Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards. Winners in 10 categories were selected by a panel of independent judges from outside the Tri-county area.
“It is important that we honor these amazing women for the remarkable businesses they have built and the impact they have on our communities,” said WEV CEO Kathy Odell. “Despite not being able to hold our annual awards dinner in person because of COVID-19, we are celebrating these women business leaders and acknowledging the various industries in which they have achieved success.”
The 2020 award winners will be celebrated at a virtual event from 4 to 5:30 p.m. July 21. Community members can register to participate in this free event at:<https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_HdbwPTt8Sd2exCDqZqGI8g>.
Winners by category are: Arts & Entertainment: Erika Martin del Campo, ME Sabor Dance Studio; Green & Social Entrepreneur, Michelle Stevens, The Refill Shoppe;
Health & Wellness, Karen Atlas, Atlas Rehabilitation for Canines; Hospitality & Tourism: Charlotte Andersen, Andersen’s Danish Bakery & Restaurant; Media & Communications: Denise Bean-White, Consortium Media;
Nonprofit: Victoria Strong, Gwendolyn Strong Foundation;
Professional Services: Melissa Sayer, Matilija Law;
Retail: Roxanne Barbieri, Roxanne’s, A Wish and a Dream;
Science & Technology: Jenna Berg, JobAps; and Wholesale, Manufacturing & Online Retail, Kelley D’Angelo, Lark Ellen Farm.
The Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards also recognized Lynne Tahmisian, president of La Arcada Investment Corp. as the 2020 Rock Star Life Achievement Award recipient.
Key sponsors of the 2020 awards include Lure Digital, Naish Partners, and Southern California Edison.
WEV provides training, consulting and loans to help entrepreneurs start, grow and thrive in business. WEV serves Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.
WEV is dedicated to creating an equitable and just society through the economic empowerment of women. While WEV targets its services toward women, it helps men as well. Services are provided in English and Spanish.
Since 1991, WEV has provided business training and consulting to more than 17,500 women and men throughout Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. WEV has made more than $5 million in business loans, and helped more than 4,500 local businesses start or expand. WEV-supported businesses have created nearly 9,000 jobs.
Posted July 9, 2020.