The Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship (IECE) is seeking nominations of Inland Southern California regionally based entrepreneurs for the 2021 Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards. The deadline for nominations is Aug. 20.  

The Spirit of the Entrepreneur celebrates the entrepreneurial champions of the Inland Southern California region and will take place live and in-person on the evening of Nov. 10 at the Fox Theater in Riverside.

Referred to as “The Oscars of Business” by top professionals, the Spirit Awards is a black-tie gala full of innovation, inspiration and networking.  This annual event features red carpet coverage, cocktail and VIP networking receptions, coveted award presentations, with highly anticipated unveiled entertainment.

Know of an IE leader that should be recognized and celebrated? Seize the opportunity and submit your nomination today! Nominate who you believe embodies what it means to be an entrepreneur that elevates our economic impact.

Self-nominations are highly encouraged. Past Spirit Awards finalists and recipients have noted the distinction that being involved has brought to their teams and businesses. The process has never been easier and your nomination(s) may be submitted online the Spirit of the Entrepreneur nomination page.

Nominees are evaluated based on their innovation, leadership, performance, character, and entrepreneurial mindset.  Once nomination(s) have been received, Spirit staff will contact all nominees directly to complete a nominee profile for consideration by an independent judging panel commissioned by the event coordinators. This nomination process marks the first step in the journey from nominee to award recipient. To learn more, visit the Spirit of the Entrepreneur nomination process page.

Join the biggest Spirit Awards celebration organizers have ever held to honor entrepreneurial success in the Inland Empire.  Now in our 19th year, the community is invited to share this invigorating experience in acknowledging the greatest entrepreneurial leaders of the Inland Empire. Learn more about the Spirit of the Entrepreneur at

About the Spirit of the Entrepreneur event founder – The Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship (IECE)

The Spirit of the Entrepreneur awards was founded by the Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship (IECE) which is headquartered in the Jack H. Brown College of Business & Public Administration on the beautiful campus of Cal State San Bernardino.

IECE has been recognized internationally by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and received the Entrepreneurship Spotlight Challenge award for demonstrating leadership in creating (and incubating) cutting-edge business innovations through enriched student learning and experiential education; which ranked them among the top 35 entrepreneurship programs globally. In 2010, the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) recognized IECE as having the top specialty entrepreneurship program in the U.S.

IECE offers a wide range of programs and services including academic growth support for the CSUSB School of Entrepreneurship that lead to business degrees in Entrepreneurship for undergraduate and graduate students as well as delivering experiential learning and student support programs such as the Fast Pitch Competition, Innovation Challenge, Entre Technician series, and Lunch with the Entrepreneurs. In the local community, IECE offers existing and aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners a wide array of business advisory and mentoring services, consulting resources, and entrepreneurial training programs that help them achieve greater levels of success in their business ventures. For more information about IECE, visit

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