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2017 Semi-Finalist Entrepreneurs Announced!
September 08, 2017
by Spirit Administrator
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32 entrepreneurs selected as semi-finalists from a pool of nearly 200 nominees!

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., September 8, 2017 The Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship (IECE) at Cal State San Bernardino announced the semi-finalists for the 2017 Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards program. The semi-finalists will attend a reception on September 28 where they will meet and interact with the event judges. Immediately following the reception the judges will convene and select the finalists, whose names will be unveiled on September 29. The finalists for the event will compete for the Spirit of the Entrepreneur award in nine (9) different categories at the 15th annual awards black-tie gala on November 14 at the Riverside Convention Center.

The 2017 Inland Empire entrepreneurial semi-finalists include:

  • Joshua Kreitzer, Absurd Media Group, d.b.a Channel Bakers - Corona
  • Mauro Robles, Anita's Mexican Foods, Corp. - San Bernardino
  • Mike Konrad, Aqueous Technologies - Corona
  • Cesar Navarrete, C.A.S.A. of San Bernardino County - Colton
  • Taylor Hale, Crown Paper Converting, Inc. - Ontario
  • Dr. Rahmi Mowjood and Dr. Kyle Smart, Cucamonga Valley Medical Group - Fontana
  • Craig Danley, Delta Pipeline Inc. - La Verne
  • Cheryl Young & Jennifer Hall, Ejay Filtration, Inc. - Riverside
  • Michael Fox, Fox Transportation - Rancho Cucamonga
  • Loren Hanson & Dave Haffter, Fusion Sign and Design - Riverside
  • Lowell King, Goodwill Southern California - San Bernardino
  • Manal Iskander, Green Shack Market/ PCTronics/Musicology/ Veggiecrumbs - San Bernardino
  • Joe Castro, Greenpath Recovery - Colton
  • Fanny Ramirez, Incontinence Technologies - La Quinta
  • Bob Henry, IT Retail - Riverside
  • Dr. Frederick B. Axelrod , LifeStream Blood Bank - San Bernardino
  • Alan Yu, Lollicup USA, Inc. - Chino
  • Christina Loza, Loza & Loza LLP - Upland
  • C.C. Vest, Midpoint Bearing - Ontario
  • Clemente Mojica, Neighborhood Partnership Housing Services, Inc. - Rancho Cucamonga
  • Minerva Baral, Oke Poke, Inc. - Chino Hills
  • Kathy Bodor, Plastics Plus Technology - Redlands
  • Leo Castaneda, Protech Staffing Services, Inc. - Riverside
  • Vincent Battaglia, Renova Energy Corporation - Palm Desert
  • Eric Zwigart , RPP Products Inc. - San Bernardino
  • Roy Dann, Ruuhwa Dann & Associates, Inc. dba Cal Micro Recycling - Ontario
  • Chet Hitt, Sunset Hills Family of Mortuaries - Apple Valley
  • Jeffrey Bekendam, TEAM Physical Therapy - Rancho Cucamonga
  • Brad Trevithick, The Goat & Vine, Inc. - Temecula
  • Janet Steiner, Thoro Packaging - Corona
  • Michael Rappaport, Total Wellness, Inc. DBA Marketplace Physical Therapy and Wellness Center - Riverside
  • Steve Kienle, Walter's Automotive Group, Inc. - Riverside


  • Tickets for the Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards program are available HERE. The gala event includes a cocktail reception, dinner, entertainment and awards. For more information call (909) 537-3708 or email Mike Stull.

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