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Finalists announced for 2018 Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards!
September 27, 2018
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Finalists announced for 2018 Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards!

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., September 27, 2018 – 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. 32 entrepreneurs were selected from a pool of over 200 nominees. The 38 semi-finalists participated in a reception on September 26 sponsored by RP&B CPAs, where they interacted with the event judges. Immediately following the reception, the judges convened to select the finalists. The finalists for the event will compete for the Spirit of the Entrepreneur award in eleven (11) different categories at the 16th annual awards black-tie gala on November 15 at the Riverside Convention Center. Winners will be announced at the event.

The 2018 Inland Empire entrepreneurial finalists include:

Consumer Products Manufacturing Entrepreneur
  • Dan Olszko, DIY BBQ, LLC - Murrieta
  • Mary Meeks, Nature's Specialties - Corona
  • Todd Mattson, Pro-Line Racing - Banning
Corporate Entrepreneur
  • Edward Dainko, III, Hub Construction Specialties, Inc. - San Bernardino
  • Angel Sanchez Jr., Phenix Technology, Inc. - Riverside
  • Dan Fachner, The ICEE Company - Ontario
Eco Entrepreneur
  • Anthony James Espinoza, Artesia Sawdust Products, Inc. - Ontario
  • Harrie Cohen, Inland Empire Recycling - Ontario
Food & Beverage Manufacturing
  • Eugene Kang, Country Archer Jerky Co. - San Bernardino
  • Bizhan (BJ) Fazeli, Fazeli Vineyards LLC (Fazeli Cellars Winery) - Temecula
General Entrepreneur
  • Frank Himpelman, Infinite Pools - Riverside
  • Mark Vaca, OCS Construction Services, Inc. - Riverside
  • Eric Zwigart, RPP Products, Inc. - San Bernardino
Health Care Entrepreneur
  • Dr. Rahmi Mowjood and Dr. Kyle Smart, Cucamonga Valley Medical Group - Fontana
  • Cameron Akrami, Oasis In-Home Care - Upland
Hospitality Entrepreneur
  • Ana Karina Suchánek, Casks Restaurant Group and Project Boon, Inc. - Rancho Cucamonga
  • Ryan Molnar, JoJo's Grill-A-Dog - Yucaipa
  • Athena Sippel, TKB Bakery + Deli - Indio
Industrial Manufacturing Entrepreneur
  • Jon Armstrong and Moises Vasquez, Do It American MFG Company, LLC - Corona
  • Steve Raio, Proluxe - Perris
  • Roger Hayes, Valew Quality Truck Bodies/ 1954 Manufacturing - Adelanto
Service-Based Entrepreneur
  • Melinda Margiotta, ABC Child Care Center - Temecula
  • David Friedman, Realicore Real Estate - Yucaipa
  • Rodger Smelcer, United Service Technologies, Inc. - Riverside
Small/Emerging Enterprise
  • Gene Ganas, General Door Service - Riverside
  • Angelica (Angy) Lopez, NationalCity Inc. Angy's Angels Cleaning - Hesperia
  • Mariatu Browne, Tu Organics Salon and Spa - Rancho Cucamonga
Social Entrepreneur
  • Jennifer O'Farrell, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Empire - Riverside
  • Bobby Spiegel, Corona Chamber of Commerce - Corona
  • Sylvia Anderson, Fontana Resources at Work dba Industrial Support Systems - Fontana
  • Eva Ford, The Greater Hope Foundation for Children - Barstow

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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