Ren Ostry, millennial founder of her business Kitchen Catch, was named the 2019 People’s Choice Award winner at a Dec. 11 Women’s Economic Ventures Celebration of Small Business at the Ventura Beach Marriott to honor entrepreneurs making a big impact in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.
Some 330 people attended the mixer where 2019 graduates of WEV’s business training courses were honored.
WEV programs have helped start or expand more than 4,500 businesses on California’s Central Coast in the past 25 years, and are offered in English and Spanish.
By offering sustainable, lesser-known seafood along with recipes, Kitchen Catch supports California harbor communities and helps change the way consumers buy and enjoy seafood.
“Thanks directly to skills I learned at WEV, we’re already starting January 2020 with a single order of 30,000 pounds of fish, and we have plans to offer frozen Kitchen Catch products nationally by the end of the year,” Ostry said.
Also at the event, WEV honored Cynthia Torres, CEO of New Dawn Counseling and Consulting, Inc., in Oxnard, which reached $1 million in annual revenue.
The company was incorporated in 2016 to provide culturally appropriate mental health, education, resources and wellness services.
“I came to this country 20 years ago with $800 in my pocket and lots of dreams and aspirations,” said Torres, another WEV client.
Reaching $1 million in annual revenue is a milestone achieved by less than 2 percent of woman-owned U.S. businesses. “Today, as a million-dollar business owner, my challenge to aspiring female entrepreneurs is let’s change the statistics and correct that 2 percent number!” Torres said.
“WEV is successful because we provide a continuum of services and programs to help our clients start, grow and thrive in business from assessing entrepreneurial readiness to long-term mentoring and consulting,” said WEV CEO-elect Kathy Odell. “We are thrilled Cynthia chose to launch her business here in our area, and that WEV has been part of her impressive entrepreneurial journey.”
Posted Dec. 12, 2019.