The 12th Annual Spirit of Small Business Awards is this week, and we are excited that Southern California entrepreneurships and small businesses with 100 employees or fewer are being honored. There are nine categories recognized with an award, including Green Business, Women Owned Business and Minority Owned Business. While the complete list of winners can be found here, we’d like to highlight the winners and their accomplishments.

For East Ventura County Agnew Multilingual

A leading provider of foreign-language translation services, Agnew was founded in 1986 and serves the translation needs of both small businesses and large companies. They are headquartered in Westlake Village, CA.

For West Ventura County – Staples Construction Co.

Founded in 1995, Staples Construction Co. is a licensed California general contracting corporation that specializes in commercial and industrial construction projects. They are based out of Ventura with additional offices in San Diego, San Jose and Chicago.

For South Santa Barbara County – The French Press

A family owned coffee bar that strives to give to the community the best coffee they can find. Opened in 2009, The French Press is located in downtown Santa Barbara.

For North Santa Barbara County – Old Town Market

A family owned grocery store in Old Orcutt, Old Town Market was purchased in 2004. They specialize in locally grown wine, produce, and specialty cheeses.

For San Luis Obispo County – Wallace Group

Started as a one-person, home-based business in 1984, Wallace Group has grown into an engineering, design, surveying and planning firm based in San Luis Obispo. In 2002, they acquired Swanson International and added wastewater treatment design to their list of services.

For a Minority Owned Business – Alliance Wealth Strategies

With over sixty-five years of combined industry experience, Alliance Wealth Strategies designs comprehensive wealth strategies for their clients.

For Women Owned Business – Ohana Pet Hospital

A full service veterinary hospital that specializes in medical, dental, surgical and wellness health care for cats, dogs, rodents, rabits, and some reptiles. Located in Ventura.

For Exporter of the Year – Zesto Audio

Exporting audio equipment with the best design, Zesto Audio strives to give their customers the best sound possible.

For Green Business – AB Design Studio

An architecture and design studio committed to pushing the limits of creativity. AB Design Studio creates environmentally responsible projects in areas such as residential, commercial, institutional and hospitality.

Congratulations to all of these businesses! If you’d like more information about applying to be considered for the Annual Spirit of Small Business Awards next year, check here.

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