Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards

Celebrating the Spirit of Entrepreneurship

Since the initial 2011 awards, 116 local women entrepreneurs from Santa Barbara and Ventura counties have been honored at the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards. In addition, ten Rock Star: Lifetime Achievement Awards have been presented to individuals who have made an indelible impact on our community and who serve as role models for women.


Stay tuned for the next gathering to honor the amazing businesswomen that make a huge impact in our communities.


“When I was named the Media-Communications winner in 2018, everyone in the room had the camaraderie of being an entrepreneur- the peaks and the valleys. It was a great experience to celebrate the achievements of others and inspire new entrepreneurs.”

Lindsey Carnett, CEO and President, Marketing Maven

Honoring the Most Recent Winners

2021 SOE Award Winners


Devyn Deux

Nebula Dance Lab | Arts & Entertainment

Pam Plesons

Plow to Porch Organics, Inc. | Green & Social Entrepreneur

Jill Agonias

Sol Seek Yoga | Health & Wellness

Gabrielle Moes

Seasons Catering & Restaurant | Hospitality & Tourism

Lynette Coverly

Coverly Professional Services | Media & Communications

Mary Maranville

Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture, Inc. | Nonprofit

Laurice Tamura

Urban Planning Concepts, Inc. | Professional Services

Ashe Browne

Pura Luna Apothecary | Retail

Rashi Bahri Chitnis

Shoonya | Science & Technology

Reyna Chavez

Scrubs on the Run | Wholesale, Manufacturing & Online Retail

Rock Star: Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

Women Leading the Way


Lupe Anguiano

Activist | 2021

Lynne Tahmisian

La Arcada Court | 2020

Carol Duncan

Rusty's Pizza Parlors | 2019

Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree

Pacific Air Industries | 2018

Pamela Webber

Santa Barbara Hotel Group | 2017

Sara Miller McCune

Sage Publications | 2016

Dorothy Largay

Linked Foundation | 2015

Betty Hatch

La Belle Modeling Agency | 2014

Kathy Odell

Annovium Products | 2013

Mindy Bingham

Academic Innovations | 2012

2020 SOE Award Winners

Erika Martin del CampoME Sabor Dance StudioArts & Entertainment
Michelle StevensThe Refill ShoppeGreen & Social Entrepreneur
Charlotte AndersenThe Andersen’s Danish Bakery & RestaurantHospitality & Tourism
Karen AtlasAtlas Rehabilitation for CaninesHealth & Wellness
Denise Bean-WhiteConsortium MediaMedia & Communications
Victoria StrongGwendolyn Strong FoundationNonprofit
Melissa SayerMatilija Law, Inc.Professional Services
Roxanne BarbieriRoxanne’s, A Wish and A DreamRetail
Jenna BergJobAps, Inc.Science & Technology
Kelley D’AngeloLark Ellen FarmWholesale, Manufacturing & Online Retail


2019 SOE Award Winners

Laurie GrossLaurie Gross StudiosArts & Entertainment
Emily BaranyVISIONALITYGreen & Social Entrepreneur
Leanne SchlingerSanta Ynez Vacation RentalsHospitality & Tourism
Carmen CurtisThe Aerial StudioHealth & Wellness
Jen BaronGirls Rock Santa BarbaraNonprofit
Sara CaputoSara Caputo ConsultingProfessional Services
Claudia Cordova RuckerAqua Skin and Nail BarRetail
Shawn SullivanAbove All AviationScience & Technology
Andrea RidgellGlop & GlamWholesale, Manufacturing & Online Retail


2018 SOE Award Winners

Marta AlvarezYCE Inc.Agriculture & Wineries
Diana PereiraImpact HubGreen & Social Entrepreneur
Sarah OtterstromPaso PacificoNonprofit
Lindsey CarnettMedia MavenMedia & Communications
Robin LongThe Balanced LifeHealth & Wellness
Nirasha RodriguezThe Food LiaisonHospitality & Tourism
Michele McDowellWiggins Lift Co.Wholesale, Manufacturing & Online Retail
Zdena JiroutovaZFolioRetail
Raiza GiorgiSanta Ynez Valley Star/SB Family Life MagazineEmerging Business
Kristin DenaultFluency LightingScience & Technology
Ann LevineLaw School ExpertProfessional Services


2017 SOE Award Winners

Jeanne DavidOuter Aisle GourmetWholesale & Manufacturing
Payal KamdarvSolvitScience & Technology
Fay DoeUnderground Hair ArtistsRetail
Alelia ParenteauiSurf SchoolProfessional Services
Janet ReineckWorld Dance for HumanityNonprofit
Gillian ChristieChristie & Co.Media & Communications
Tara Jones HaafEat This, Shoot That!Hospitality & Tourism
Emilee GarfieldThe Loft: Emilee's Pilates & YogaHealth & Wellness
Heather HochreinEVmatchGreen & Social Entrepreneur
Alexis SchomerRepWatchEmerging Business
Ashley FarrellAshley Farrell Landscape DesignAgriculture & Wineries


2016 SOE Award Winners

Andrea Neal, Ph.D.Blue Ocean SciencesScience & Technology
Mahri KerleyChaucer's BooksRetail
Judy HawkinsRuby Road LeadershipProfessional Services
Nathalie GensacYouth InteractiveNonprofit
Kristi CooperPilates AnytimeMedia & Communications
Sherry VillanuevaAcme HospitalityHospitality & Tourism
Robin WalkerCore Fitness TrainingHealth
Randee DisraeliKanaloa SeafoodGreen & Social Entrepreneur
Norah EddySalty Girl SeafoodEmerging Business
Morgan ClendenenCold Heaven CellarsAgriculture & Wineries


2015 SOE Award Winners

Kristin FraserThe Grapeseed CompanyWholesale, Manufacturing & Global Trade
Anupama VaidParentSquareScience & Technology
Anne PazierSanta Barbara Gift BasketsRetail
Lisa GrossmannNannies2GoProfessional Services
Marsha BaileyWomen's Economic VenturesNonprofit
Kim WiseleyFlutter MagazineMedia & Communications
Lynette La MerePure Joy CateringHospitality & Tourism
Sandra HirschIsolite SystemsHealth
Marge CafarelliAlma Del Pueblo/The Public MarketGreen & Social Entrepreneur
Dr. Elizabeth WisniewskiGenuine ChiropracticEmerging Business
Kimberly TrueTrue Nature DesignAgriculture & Wineries


2014 SOE Award Winners

Anita ChambersOdulair, LLCWholesale, Manufacturing & Global Trade
Michele HinnrichsGas Imaging TechnologiesScience & Technology
Calla GoldCalla Gold JewelryRetail, Hospitality & Tourism
Kymberlee WeilStrategic SamuraiProfessional Services
Marianne PartridgeSanta Barbara IndependentMedia & Communications
Suzanne McNeelySenior Planning ServicesHealth
Lacey GreviousThe RefilleryGreen Business
Amy ChalkerIsabella Gourmet FoodsEmerging Business
Kathy JosephFiddlehead CellarsAgriculture & Wineries


2013 SOE Award Winners

Susanne ChessFine Fabrics of Santa Barbara/Force FinsWholesale & Manufacturing
Barbara KleinAccrued Benefit AdministrationProfessional Services
Ali BauerleinInogenMedical, Science & Technology
Alethea Tyner ParadisFriendship Tours World TravelHospitality & Tourism
Jill LathamVibrant Earth JuicesEmerging Business
Melissa MarstedLucky Penny PressMedia & Communications
Joy KellyJuicePlusHealth, Fitness & Beauty


2012 SOE Award Winners

Kelly JensenJensen Audio VisualRetail
Merryl BrownMerryl Brown EventsHospitality & Tourism
Darya BronstonAnnovium ProductsScience & Technology
Carol AshleyDemo2DesignProfessional Services
Rachael SteidlDeco Marketing GroupMedia & Communications
Karen MoraAccountability PlusProfessional Services
Kathy GruverHealing Circle MassageHealth, Fitness & Beauty


2011 SOE Award Winners

Barbara TzurBrylen TechnologiesScience & Technology
Lynda WeinmanLynda.comMedia & Communications
Patty DeDominicDeDominic & AssociatesProfessional Services
Caroline MacDougallTeeccino CaffeWholesale & Manufacturing
Laura KnightPascucci RestaurantHospitality & Tourism
Cathi LambertiSmartFitHealth, Fitness & Beauty