Spirit of Entrepreneurship

Recognizing women entrepreneurs

The Spirit of Entrepreneurship (SOE) Awards is a WEV program celebrating the incredible contributions of women entrepreneurs in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.

The History of SOE

SOE was founded by Cathy Feldman in 2011, when she recognized the need to honor local women entrepreneurs. She personally oversaw the growth and success of the SOE Awards as Board Chair and CEO until 2018 when the SOE Foundation merged with WEV.

Stories that Inspire

“I was amazed to learn about the inspiring work local female entrepreneurs are doing! So many are focused on helping friends and neighbors in need — making our community a better place for all.” -Linda Rossi, Ventura County Community Foundation

WEV Stories

"I love the opportunity to learn about other women-owned businesses and to celebrate and support the women behind them."

Darya Bronston, Integrative Body Therapy and Health Practitioner

WEV Stories

"SOE inspired me to start my own business. I also observed how much SOE helped my friends. That makes me so happy to see their success."

Mary Jean Vignone, SuccessReach, Ltd