LOS ANGELES, Aug. 17, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bicoastal, award-winning public relations firm Marketing Maven has announced that it has been nominated by the Pacific Coast Business Times and the Los Angeles District Office of the Small Business Administration for the 2018 Spirit of Small Business Awards under the Women-Owned Business category.

Award-winning marketing executive Lindsey Carnett is founder, president and CEO. As a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners, Los Angeles (NAWBO LA), the Women Presidents’ Organization, the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, and VISTAGE, Carnett supports programs and events that support the growth of women owned businesses and advocates multicultural diversity. Marketing Maven is 8(a) certified by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE), has WOSB status with the government and DBE, CUCP and CPUC certification as a Native American owned company.

Marketing Maven has had a long history of success and community commitment. Since its inception in 2009, it has consistently been named as one of the fastest growing PR agencies in the nation by O’Dwyer’s. In 2016, Marketing Maven was named by Entrepreneur 360 as one of the Most Entrepreneurial Companies in America. In 2017 and 2018, Marketing Maven was included in Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies.

Marketing Maven gives back to the community by holding educational seminars at small business events, being mentors to start-ups, working with local non-profits such as Casa Pacifica and the Sherwood Cares Foundation, and having internship programs providing local college students the hands-on education they need to survive in the workforce.

“It is so rewarding to have been recognized by the Spirit of Small Business Awards,” said Carnett. “We have a proud tradition of helping our clients solve their problems quickly by dedicating most of our executives to their campaigns’ needs on a daily basis. We would not be able to do this if we were a much larger firm.”

The Business Times and the Los Angeles District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration conceived the Spirit of Small Business Awards to recognize the accomplishments of small businesses in the Tri-Counties. The Spirit of Small Business honors businesses with fewer than 100 employees in the following categories: Ventura County, Santa Barbara County, San Luis Obispo County, Women-Owned Business, Minority-Owned Business, Family-Owned Business, Green Business, Exporter of the Year and Veteran-Owned.

In the wake of the Thomas fire and Montecito mudslides, this year’s Spirit of Small Business theme is Rising to the Challenge: Recognizing the Resilience, Strength and Perseverance of our Communities. The Business Times is interested in stories of small businesses that overcame adversity they may have faced over the past six months.

Entries will also be judged based upon the nominee’s record of success and community commitment, in addition to meeting the basic requirements of being Tri-County-based and having 100 or fewer employees.

About Marketing Maven With offices in Los Angeles and New York, Marketing Maven is a full-service marketing and communications agency. With origins in direct response public relations, Marketing Maven has developed into a premier voice in brand strategy, social media, innovative media relations, event marketing, tradeshow support, Hispanic marketing and search engine optimization. Marketing Maven leads the industry in utilizing advanced metrics to measure their clients’ marketing reach and providing competitive analysis unparalleled in the industry. For additional information about Marketing Maven, visit www.MarketingMaven.com.

Contact: Frank Tortorici frank@marketingmaven.com 908-875-8908