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Spirit of Small Business

The Business Times and the Los Angeles District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration conceived the Spirit of Small Business to recognize the accomplishments of small businesses in the Tri-Counties. This special report includes feature articles profiling our small business award winners, a variety of small-business “how-to” articles, and an extensive small-business resource guide.

This year’s categories are:

Pioneer Spirit Award: An established company that got its start with an SBIR grant or early stage loan or investment from an SBA program.

All In the Family Award: A family business that’s survived multiple generations.

Community Spirit Award: A small business that has partnered with one of our military bases or another government/education institution to advance entrepreneurship.

Small Business Advocate:  A person or organization that’s advocated successfully for small businesses in the region.

Look Back Award:  Spotlighting a past winner that’s achieved a significant milestone.

Green Business Award: An innovative small business in the environment/sustainability area.

Never say Never award: For a small business that’s successfully overcome obstacles.

Veteran Business Award: Recognizing a veteran-owned business

Think Global Award: For an exporter or international venture.


Entries will also be judged based upon the nominee’s record of success and community commitment, in addition to meeting the basic requirements of being Tri-County-based and having 100 or fewer employees. Past Spirit of Small Business winners are ineligible.

  • Section publishes Friday, July 26, 2019
  • Nominations close June 28, 2019
  • Honorees will be celebrated at an awards luncheon Thursday, August 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Four Seasons Biltmore – Coral Casino.



For more information on the section, email [email protected]

To discuss sponsorship or advertising opportunities, contact Publisher Linda le Brock at
(805) 560-6950 ext. 233 or [email protected].


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Photos from the 2017 Spirit of Small Business luncheon: