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    Catherine VonBurg

    On a beautiful Spring day in mid-April, The Ventura County chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO VC) honored nine outstanding women in business and leadership at its 20th Annual BRAVO Awards luncheon. With Camarillo’s picturesque Serra Center serving as the backdrop, honorees were awarded for their achievements in industries that include solar energy storage, cybersecurity, health and fitness, retail, law, construction, and the nonprofit sectors.

    A packed room of close to 200 business owners, community leaders and active members of the business community, celebrated this year’s theme, Women Elevated! Celebrating the fearless pursuit of success. Compelling videos told each honoree’s story of success which was followed with the presentation of beautifully artistic awards.

    “It was a memorable day,” commented Diane de Mailly, NAWBO VC President and owner of DDM Metering Systems. “From honoring our awardees and watching their heartwarming stories to hearing from our very own Senator Jackson who talked about her ground-breaking work on SB 826, the new legislation that requires women be placed on the Boards of publicly held California companies.”

    2019 BRAVO Honorees

    • Woman Business Owner of the Year – Catherine Von Burg, SimpliPhi Power, Oxnard
    • Innovator of the Year – Michelle Wilner, VIRTIS, Newbury Park
    • Rising Star of the Year Breanne Cochran, The Vent Human Performance Center, Ventura
    • Community Advocate of the Year – Christina Shaffer, The Law Office of Christina Shaffer, Thousand Oaks
    • Education Advocate of the Year – Lisa Barreto, Ribbons of Life Breast Cancer Foundation, Ventura
    • Young Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Alison Kenis, Sugar Lab Bake Shop, Ventura
    • NAWBO-VC Member of the Year – Brenda Terzian, Doug Terzian Construction, Camarillo
    • Leadership in Public Policy Award – Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, 19th District and Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, Berkhemer Clayton

    NAWBO VC’s Woman Business Owner of the Year, Catherine Von Burg, co-founder and CEO of SimpliPhi Power is currently in the running for NAWBO’s esteemed California Women Business Owner of the Year. The announcement will be made at the organization’s state conference being held in Sacramento, April 28th – 30th.

    BRAVO 2019 is the signature event of NAWBO Ventura County and would not be possible without the generous support of its sponsors and partners, including Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Montecito Bank & Trust, Meyers, Widders, Gibson, Jones and Feingold, LLP, Southern California Edison, and BNY Mellon Wealth Management, among many other supporters.

    NAWBO Ventura County – The local Ventura County chapter of NAWBO is committed to strengthening the wealth creating capacity of its members while promoting economic development within the entrepreneurial Ventura County community. Additionally, the local chapter advocates for innovative and effective change in the business culture, building strategic alliances and transforming public policy for the benefit of its members. Membership is open to women sole proprietors, partners and corporate owners as well as those companies and organizations that support women-owned businesses. Learn more: www.nawbovc.org.


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