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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.

The Spirit of Small Business honors businesses with fewer than 100 employees in the following categories: Ventura County,  Santa Barbara County, San Luis Obispo County, Women-Owned Business, Minority-Owned Business, Family-Owned Business, Green Business, Exporter of the Year and Veteran-Owned.

In the wake of the Thomas fire and Montecito mudslides, this year’s Spirit of Small Business theme is Rising to the Challenge: Recognizing the resilience, strength and perseverance of our communities. The Business Times is eager to hear and tell the stories of small businesses that overcame adversity they may have faced over the past six months.

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 27, 2018
  • Nominations close June 22, 2018
  • Honorees will be celebrated at an awards luncheon Thursday, August 23 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: