Blossom Ventures 2nd Annual Flight to Freedom Summit Adds Women Entrepreneur Awards to Lineup

Livermore, California (EastBayDaily) — The 2nd Annual Flight to Freedom Summit organized by Blossom Ventures, is the premiere Bay Area business networking event for leading entrepreneurs, investors and philanthropists. The exclusive invitation only event is “designed to showcase the Bay Area’s vibrant entrepreneurial community.”

While last years event focused on Clean Tech, this years program is more expansive, with panels not only on Clean Tech, but Legacy Building, the Entertainment Industry, eCommerce and Mobile Payments. This year’s event will be attended by industry leaders in Bay Area business.

Held in Livermore, CA on August 1st, Flight to Freedom’s chief ringmasters are George and James Salter, co-founders of Blossom Ventures. The company works with well-managed companies that need growth capital or strategic advice regarding potential acquisitions or the sale of their businesses. They focus on innovative technologies or approaches to products, systems and services from businesses that have the potential for both superior investment returns and meaningful community impact.

George explains, “We believe that the success of the region is due to the open communication between academics, entrepreneurs, government officials, financiers and other specialists. We plan to propel the story along in an efficient manner by pre-planning private meetings and group introductions within a general networking format. All the invitees will be instant contributors that want to see their entrepreneurial and philanthropic communities grow. We take great pride in enriching people's lives through fulfilling introductions.”

Sponsors include Tesla, K1 Capital Advisors, Follr, Venture Greenhouse, Koch Capital Management, Attitude Aviation and OURewards.

Recognizing the contribution and vast potential impact of women in the entrepreneurship space, this year Blossom Ventures added the Women’s Entrepreneurship Summit & Awards (WESA) to the lineup, which takes place in the evening and features a panel discussion by several of this year’s winners about the state of entrepreneurship and opportunities for women.

This year’s WESA kickoff will feature Michelle Patterson, founder of the California Women’s Conference, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Adryenn Ashley. "EnterTrainer, Success Solutionist" Dean Hankey will MC.

The 2013 Award Winners are:

Visionary Leader of the Year Kim Box, Founder of Kamere

Industry Innovator of the Year Margaret Graziano, Founder of KeenHire and creator of the Conscious Hiring® process

Trailblazer of the Year Annette Ermshar, Ph.D., M.S., ABPP, Forensic Expert/Forensic Psychology

Service Leader of the Year Linda Jenkinson, CEO of Les Concierges

Team Builder of the Year Jennifer Winn, Winn Performance Partners

Advocate of the Year Shanthi Narayanan, Co-Founder of Flyplist

Comeback of the Year Elyssia Wassung, Founder of 2 Chicks with Chocolate

Pathfinder of the Year Peggy Harper Lee, Author of Spoiled: Fresh Ideas For Parenting Your Entitled Child At Any Age

Mom Inventor of the Year Tanya Lewis, Founder of Green Glider

Community Builder of the Year Christine Trice, founder of OMG I So Need a Glass of Wine or I’m Gonna Sell My Kids

Co-sponsored by Glacier Payments Inc. and Private Label Nutraceuticals, the Awards showcase the vision and passion women bring to the business landscape, and provide national recognition to women entrepreneurs, whose successful businesses and achievements contribute not only so much to the global economies but also to their own communities.

A limited number of press passes are available for this exclusive event. Speakers at the event are available for interviews before and after the event. A complete Agenda with full details is available to all accredited media.


Adryenn Ashley
Wow! Is Me

George Salter
Blossom Ventures

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