Nominations are Now Open for the 2017 Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards!


Nominations are NOW Open for the 2017 Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards! Nominate an Entrepreneur TODAY!

Nominate an Entrepreneur Today

The Spirit Team is seeking nominations of the TOP entrepreneurs from Inland Southern California to be considered for the region’s most prestigious award. Entrepreneurs will be recognized in various categories, such as: Emerging Entrepreneur, Technology Entrepreneur, Social Entrepreneur, Family Business Entrepreneur, General Entrepreneur, and Lifetime Achievement. The entrepreneurs selected will represent the “best of the best” in terms of overcoming obstacles, believing in their dreams, taking risks, and persisting in the face of long odds.


The Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards program was founded in 2003 with one purpose - to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of the Inland Empire’s top entrepreneurial business leaders. Since that time, they honored more than 250 entrepreneurs as finalists and bestowed the coveted Spirit Award to 100 entrepreneurs. Over that time, their black-tie awards program has become the top business event in the Inland Empire! Drawing entrepreneurs, business and community leaders from every part of the two-county region, we’re proud to celebrate the entrepreneurial success stories that drive our local economy and serve as roles models for aspiring entrepreneurs.


Angela Weymar & Antonio Di Guglielmo - ICON Vehicle Dynamics LLC
Dave Grimes - Edge Plastics, Inc
Kathy Griset - Cibaria International, Inc
David Hsu & Ching Liu - SolarMax Technology, Inc
Gene Sherman - Vocademy – The Makerspace
Kathy Griset - Cibaria International, Inc
Damien O’Farrell - Path of Life Ministries
Bud Luppino - Bud’s Tire Pros
Nathan Greenberg - Arkside Marketing

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