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Finalists announced for 2014 Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards
September 26, 2014
by Spirit Administrator
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27 outstanding entrepreneurs selected as finalists from a pool of more than 130 nominees!

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., September 26, 2014 – The Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship (IECE) at Cal State San Bernardino announced the finalists for this year’s Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards program. The award recipients will be announced at the Nov. 13 black-tie gala at the Riverside Convention Center.

"Once again we had a strong pool of semi-finalists that represented a diverse set of businesses from throughout the region," said Mike Stull, director of the Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship. "The judges had a difficult task in narrowing down the field. Those selected as finalists represent the best and most unique companies of the Inland Empire."

The 2014 Inland Empire entrepreneurial finalists include:

Family Business

  • Steve and Kathy Nichols - Chino Valley Ranchers - Colton
  • Sheila Bath - Advance Disposal Co. - Hesperia
  • Ray, Shaun, Nicole (Clesceri) Russell, and Angel Sanchez, Jr. - Phenix Technology, Inc. - Riverside
  • General Entrepreneur

  • Alan Boudreau - Boudreau Pipeline Corporation - Corona
  • Evan Cohen - Quality Marble & Granite - Ontario
  • Connie Lightcap - JC Supply & Manufacturing - Ontario
  • Innovator Entrepreneur

  • Shannon Illingworth - AVT, Inc. - Corona
  • M. Sharon Rogone - Small Beginnings, Inc. - Hesperia
  • Adel Sayegh - Universal Surveillance Systems, LLC - Rancho Cucamonga
  • Manufacturing Entrepreneur

  • Michael Hellmers - ESL Power Systems, Inc. - Corona
  • Jeffrey Lyall - R.W. Lyall & Company, Inc. - Corona
  • Terri Rogers - O.W. Lee Co., Inc. - Ontario
  • Contract Manufacturing

  • Mark Atchison - AMA Plastics - Riverside
  • Mark Peabody - Peabody Engineering & Supply, Inc - Corona
  • Cheryl Young & Jennifer Hall - Ejay Filtration, Inc. - Riverside
  • Service-Based Entrepreneur

  • Brad McDermith - Computer Options, Inc. - Redlands
  • B.J. Patterson - Pacific Mountain Logistics, LLC - Ontario
  • Heather Petersen - National Merchants Association - Temecula
  • Small or Emerging Enterprise

  • Hari Dhiman - 88 Spirits Corporation - Ontario
  • Kenya Mills - Innovative Infusion Solutions - Corona
  • Gene Sherman - VOCADEMY - The Makerspace - Riverside
  • Social Entrepreneur

  • Yolanda Carrillo - Corona-Norco Family YMCA - Corona
  • Angela Janus - ShareKitchen - Cathedral City
  • Vici Nagel - Academy For Grassroots Organizations - Phelan
  • Supporter of Entrepreneurship

  • Tom Flavin and Joe Wallace - Coachella Valley Economic Partnership / Coachella Valley iHub - Palm Springs
  • Hilda Kennedy - AmPac Tri State CDC - Grand Terrace
  • Paul Mata - Logos Lifetime University - Rancho Cucamonga
  • The 12th Annual Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards program is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 at the Riverside Convention Center. The gala includes a cocktail reception, dinner, entertainment and awards. For more information or to make reservations, call (909) 537-3708.

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