Chamber of Commerce Announces Women in Business Awards

How important are women in business? In the United States, 40% of businesses are women-owned. Women started 1,821 new businesses every day last year. How vital are women of color in this group? 64% of new women-owned businesses were started by women of color last year, and Latina women-owned businesses grew more than 87%. So, what does that mean for Culver City? It’s time to hand out some awards. 

The Culver City Chamber of Commerce’ Women in Business Council supports women who lead through their professional and community endeavors, and whose influence is felt in Culver City and beyond. It’s time for the annual ‘Women in Business’ Awards, and the honorees have been announced. 

Founder’s Award – Marie Petrelli, Petrelli’s Famous Steakhouse
The Founder is the keystone of her company and a primary leader of her business.  Inspiring with her past and current endeavors, she uplifts those around her by sharing her knowledge and experiences while cultivating new concepts, encouraging growth among her colleagues and facilitating success within her company.

Innovator’s Award – Elizabeth Barrutia, Baru Advertising
Inventive and on the leading edge of her profession, the Innovator is a risk-taker in any of the fields of science, technology, engineering, art, math or media (STEAMM). With boundless creativity and endless ideas, she seeks out pioneering ways to solve problems in her unique professional world and has made a mark in her field.

Trailblazer Award, Joan Kung, Culver City Volvo
With an entrepreneurial spirit, the Trailblazer is a professional who finds new paths where there were none and is not afraid to take chances.  Her motto might be a version of “if we don’t succeed, let’s try something different!” As she embarks on the early stages of her career, the desire to cultivate something new and extraordinary drives her will to succeed.
Visionary Award Patricia Hunter McGath, Branches Atelier Preschool
The visionary always has her sights set on the future.  Open-minded and ambitious, she strives towards improving her industry and the lives of others through her initiative and the work she does. She knows that it takes a team to make a difference and rise to the top– productive collaboration and listening to the ideas of others are just some of her many strengths.
Best Nonprofit Leader Award Vicki Daly Redholtz, Friends of Culver City Dog Park

This award honors a current nonprofit staff leader (CEO or Executive Director) whose distinguished achievements have resulted in significant progress toward improving a community issue. They must work on behalf of a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose program(s) serve the Culver City community. Recognized by peers as a leader in the sector, she demonstrates excellence in leadership and management and inspires others to achieve meaningful, measurable, and sustainable results.
The awards will be given on October 22, 2020 from 11:30 to 1 pm. For event registration, go to /
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