Redondo Beach, California (August 9, 2016) —– announced its lineup of panelists for the 2016 South Bay Business Mavericks Gala & Grant Awards. This annual event is a celebratory gala bringing together prominent local business leaders and influencers to celebrate and honor small businesses of the South Bay.

Hosted by, the Mavericks Gala features an intriguing and thoughtful Q&A panel discussion with iconic local business leaders, sharing powerful lessons that inspired them to launch and take risks to help them thrive in business.

Confirmed panelists include:

  • Nick Arquette, Founder, Walk With Sally
  • Laurie Latham Brandt, Co-Owner, Red Car Brewery
  • Stefanie Dacy, Co-Owner, 3V Signs & Graphics
  • Kyle Ransford, Founder & CEO, Chef’d
  • Jed Sanford, Owner, Blackhouse Hospitality


The Mavericks event was started in 2014 by founder, Heidi Butzine. “I see many of our attendees each year moved often emotionally by stories of persistence and passion from our mavericks, and they come away with a renewed focus, great connections and the drive to keep going,” said Butzine. “This year’s diverse panel has so much insight to share from the different viewpoints of a non-profit, hospitality and restaurant businesses, a startup in the meal kit delivery space and a “mom-and-pop” brick-and-mortar service businesses. We can learn a lot from the Business Mavericks who’ve been there and back, and love what they do.”

According to Butzine, the Mavericks theme represents what it takes to be in business: courage, creativity, discipline, sound business acumen – and the big ideas it often takes to be a business maverick. “All great businesses start from the same place – dedication and inspiration. Maybe we have a maverick deep inside and just need that little spark to ignite us. We created the South Bay Business Mavericks to be that spark of inspiration to launch and lead in business.”

The evening offers networking opportunities, local food and libations, culminating with the 4th Annual Small Business Grant Awards Ceremony where three locally-based small businesses in the South Bay will be presented with grant funds aimed at helping them grow or maintain their business. encourages all local business professionals and community leaders to register now to secure their spot at the South Bay Business Mavericks Gala. Media are welcome to attend by registering directly with the media contact listed above. For more information visit

About is dedicated to building the economy by boosting the visibility and profitability of small independent businesses through advocacy and grassroots publicity. helps connect people and local independent businesses in the marketplace. Over the past three years, has given $10,000 total in grant awards and prizes to local businesses in the South Bay community. Winners received this money to help fund important business needs and support the sustainability and growth of their small business. Learn more at and For more information or to schedule an interview with Heidi Butzine, please contact Heidi directly at 310-308-0796 or