EOY finalist spotlighted in L.A. Times’ “How I Made It”

Rosie O’Neill, 38, is co-founder and co-chief executive of Sugarfina, the artisan candy company based in El Segundo that she runs with Josh Resnick, 51, the other founder and CEO. From a 2012 start with just $60,000 in savings, the duo has traveled the world looking for unusual and tasty sweets for adult connoisseurs. Sugarfina employs more than 500 people and racked up $40 million in 2017 sales. O’Neill and Resnick were 2018 finalists in EY’s Entrepreneur Of The Year awards for the Los Angeles area.

On her third date with Resnick in 2010, the couple went to see “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.” The film sparked a question, then an idea. “We were thinking, ‘Why are there no candy stores for adults?’” O’Neill said. “The entrepreneurial bug was calling me. Josh and I just finally got to a point where we said, ‘Let’s give this a shot, and if it doesn’t work we can always go back to what we were doing before.’”

Read the full article: She left toyland for candyland, finding a sweet spot with Sugarfina

EY announces winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2018 Greater Los Angeles Awards

EY is pleased to announce the winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 Greater Los Angeles Awards. As the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, Entrepreneur Of The Year recognizes business leaders who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. The entrepreneurs noted below were selected by a panel of independent judges and revealed at a special black-tie awards gala on Thursday, June 14, at The Beverly Hilton Hotel.

“These winners represent the booming industries, leadership and exceptional ideas that are driving innovation and growth in Greater LA,” said Scott Porter, Partner at Ernst & Young LLP, and Director, Entrepreneur Of The Year. “They are creating jobs, disrupting industries, and developing services and solutions that are improving whole economies, countless lives and society at large.”

The winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 Greater Los Angeles Awards are:

  • Master Entrepreneur Award | Arie Belldegrun, MD, FACS
  • Technology Award | Jake Winebaum, CEO | Brighter, Inc. | Santa Monica, CA
  • Emerging Award | Heather Hasson, Co-CEO, and Trina Spear, Co-CEO | FIGS, Inc. | Los Angeles, CA
  • Consumer Products & Retail Award | Eddy Lu, Co-Founder & CEO, and Daishin Sugano, Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer | GOAT | Culver City, CA
  • Digital Media Award | Rich Pierson, Co-Founder & CEO, and Andy Puddicombe, Co-Founder | Headspace | Santa Monica, CA
  • Cleantech & Renewable Energy Award | Patrick Maloney, Founder & CEO | Inspire | Santa Monica, CA
  • Health Award | Dr. Anthony Gabriel, Co-Founder and COO, and Rich Whitney, Co-Founder, Chairman, & CEO | Radiology Partners | El Segundo, CA
  • Marketing Technology Award | Michael Blend, Co-Founder & President, and Chuck Ursini, Co-Founder & CEO | System1 LLC | Venice, CA
  • Family Business Award | Nadine Watt, President | Watt Companies | Santa Monica, CA

Read the full announcement here.

June 15th, 2018|Categories: Client News|Tags: , , , , |

Calling all entrepreneurs | eNews from OWC

Awards season is here and we’re pumped to medal up. EY Entrepreneur Of The Year, now in its 32nd year, is the big prize to honor entrepreneurs in more than 145 cities in 60 countries who demonstrate extraordinary success in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment. The benefits that past participants have experienced? Accreditation, exposure, recognition, mentoring and public relations.

Here’s some of the coverage from last year’s events across California:

The program is focused on diversity and inclusiveness: Anyone can nominate anyone. Many of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year participants are nominated by proud colleagues, their vendors or admirers, who think recognition is due, and self-nominations are encouraged. Learn more or submit a nomination today. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 9, 2018.

Olmstead Williams Communications is a proud sponsor for Entrepreneur Of The Year, but that’s not the only reason we love the program. We’re cheerleaders for award programs that offer a spotlight to our clients. Awards are one more way to raise your company’s profile and generate news. Here is a sampling of the honors/achievements we are submitting for our clients:

There is an awards program that will help drive your business forward. We’re here to discuss these and other programs.

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year award recipients in Greater Los Angeles as revealed last year. The deadline for applications this year is Friday, March 9, 2018. Learn more or submit a nomination today.

February 26th, 2018|Categories: eNewsletter|Tags: , , , , |

Crain’s LA spotlights EOY Greater Los Angeles finalists and their Venice experience

Two EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Greater Los Angeles finalist companies, inMarket and StackCommerce, sat down with Crain’s to share their unique experiences establishing headquarters in the eclectic and diverse LA neighborhood known as “Silicon Beach.” In 2011, Venice was known more for skateboards than startups and Snapchat. But, that year, Google leased 100,000 square feet of space in Venice to relocate from Santa Monica. Dollar Shave Club would soon begin shipping razors from a Venice garage.

 
“Venice brought us The Doors in the ’60s, and in the early 1900s Venice was like Disneyland. It’s always been a place for new things, entrepreneurs who are pushing forward, rulebreakers rather than rule followers,” said Todd Dipaola, CEO of inMarket. “That’s always attracted me to Venice.”

Read the full article: Venice’s laid-back vibes still draw startups to the beach (Crain’s LA)

Todd Dipaola, CEO of inMarket.

July 25th, 2017|Categories: Client News|Tags: , , , , , , |