Sonoma Clean Power, the public utility company for Sonoma and Mendocino counties, recently awarded its annual Spirit of Entrepreneurship Scholarship to a student participating in the Santa Rosa Junior College Business Entrepreneurship Certificate Program.
The 2021 pitch competition winner is Tori O’Neill, who received $ 10,000 for her company, The Bark Yard. It’s a dog park that provides humans and dogs with a safe and social place to relax, complete with cool down stations, small obstacles, and space to run.
The dog area can be viewed from an outside terrace for eating and drinking, where refreshments, food and dog treats are served. The space will host events that bring dog owners (and dream owners) together in a fun environment that encourages love for dogs.
“Tori’s professionalism, long-term commitment to her company, detailed business plan and sustainability integration really stand out,” said Nathan Kinsey, commercial account manager at Sonoma Clean Power. “It was amazing to see the variety and quality of ideas that SRJC students bring in on entrepreneurship each year. We look forward to supporting these future local business owners and can’t wait to see what suggestions the students come up with for the next year. “
The Energy Agency introduced the grant to the SRJC in spring 2019 to support local entrepreneurs who put sustainable practices at the forefront of their business ventures. The partnership aims to foster a strong commitment to environmental stewardship and social justice in the next generation of local business owners.