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Named Business Women of the Year by Women's Economic Ventures were, from left, Glenda Lopez, Barbara Lanz-Mateo, Christine LoMonaco, Martha Townsend and Zdena Jiroutova.
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Women's Economic Ventures honored its Business Women of the Year at the organization's annual fundraising event at Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort in Santa Barbara. In the Start-Up category, the dual winners were Martha Townsend, president, Market Ready Rx, and Glenda Lopez, owner, Glenda's Cleaning Services. The Up-and-Running honoree was Zdena Jiroutova, owner, Z Folio Gallery in Solvang. The Taking-the-Leap winners were Barbara Lanz-Mateo and Christine LoMonaco, co-founders, Coastal Woman. All of the award winners are former WEV clients: Ms. Townsend, Ms. Lanz-Mateo and Ms. LoMonaco have graduated from the organization's Self-Employment Training program. Ms. Lopez is a graduate of its Spanish Self-Employment Training program. Ms. Jiroutova received a loan via WEV's Small Business Loan Fund.