First, founder Melinda Young was presented with the 2015 Shaun Lumachi Rising Star Award by Long Beach City College (LBCC) Superintendent-President Eloy Oakley on April 23. The award recognizes entrepreneurs that are on the rise, demonstrate high growth potential, and exhibit a strong entrepreneurial mindset. Recipients demonstrate tenacity in growing and developing their business.
On May 4th, ToolLodge was recognized as a 2015 Outstanding Small Business. Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, presented this year’s awards at the Small Business Recognition Ceremony held at Los Angeles City Hall. Awardees are chosen by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Small Business Development Center as part of Los Angeles Small Business week and hail from the greater LA Area.
Young commented, “It is an honor to accept both awards on behalf of ToolLodge. The Small Business Development Center at LBCC, directed by Mike Daniel, has helped us to navigate the startup and growth processes.”