Emerging Entrepreneur Award

Previous Winners

The Riverside Business Week Emerging Entrepreneur Award, previously the Young Entrepreneur Award, was started in 2014 to help invest in the next generation of local businesses.


Cre logo

"This award was a great recognition and boost for our small business in the middle of a global pandemic and challenging year in general. It was a nice shot in the arm for our team and the greater benefits were networking opportunities and brand recognition for our growing business that may not have been possible otherwise."

- Methode Maniraguha (Current Renewables Engineering, Founder and CEO)

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Cre office


Route30 logo

"Receiving this award meant a great deal for our business. Beyond the cash prize that aided us in our expansion, this award has opened the door to networking opportunities and brand recognition that may not have been possible otherwise."

- Eric Brummell (Route 30 Brewing Company, President)

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General door logo

"Gene and Justin Ganas of General Door Service are a great example of sharp young entrepreneurs building a business of quality service and finding ways to give back to the community."

- Vincent McCoy, Chair, Riverside Business Week Committee

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General door award


Systemgo logo

"Being named the Young Entrepreneur of the Year has been an invaluable experience. We’ve been able to make so many great connections and spread the word about our company."

- Chris Cook, System Go IT

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Bitpeel logo

"The Young Entrepreneur Award was an honor and an incredible opportunity. The Chamber did an amazing job of promoting BitPeel and has provided us with a wealth of valuable connections to people throughout the Riverside Community."

- Matt Goatcher, BitPeel

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Localboy logo

"Receiving the 2015 Young Entrepreneur Award has been an incredible journey. I have been able to make so many new connections and meet new people, it has just been a rich learning experience."

- Ross Holman, Local Boy

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Lift logo

"I'm honored to receive this award amongst a business community that I am very proud to be a part of. I'm thankful for the support and acceptance Lift Coffee Roasters has received from the City of Riverside."

- Steffen Sommers, Lift Coffee Roasters

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