The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce held their small business awards luncheon in early October to pay tribute to the companies that keep the local economy moving forward. With the theme of Swinging on a Star of Success, the event featured a panel of three small business owners who shared their experience on what it takes to run and build a successful company. Panelists included two-time Cupcake Wars winner Don Hein, owner of Little Cakes Cupcake Kitchen; Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year Award recipient Sue Loftin, founding partner of the Loftin Firm, P.C., and 76th Assembly District Small Business of the Year winner Owen Hemsath, founder of Owen Video. In addition, awards were presented to local companies in the following categories: Hanscom Alexeev & McDaniel LLP for New Small Business, Arbor Scientia for Excellence in Professional Services, both Rita Famulare, Famulare Jewelry and Catherine Magaña, WWM Financial & Savvy Women Wealth Management for Woman-owned Business, Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank for Sustainability, Renaissance Institute of Music for Community Impact, The California Fruit Wine Co. for Employee Development, Comet Creative (formerly Studio 2055) for Best Marketing Practices, and Kate Wells from Green Dragon Tavern & Museum for Workplace MVP. To learn more about the awards or the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce visit