2015 Rising Star Melinda Young Eloy Oakely
Eloy Oakely Presents the 2015 Rising Star Award to Melinda Young at the Entrepreneur of the Year Luncheon held at the Hyatt Regency (Top).   Young with Small Business Development Center Staff and Friends (Right).

Rising Star 2015 Tool OrganizeIn two separate awards ceremonies, ToolLodge and its founder were honored.

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 Melinda Young Tool Organizer ToolLodgethis 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.”