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This year’s 2nd annual entrepreneur’s conference, ‘Bacon Donuts: Practical Planning for Brilliantly Risky Ideas”  is dedicated to a subject that speaks to the hearts and minds of all successful entrepreneurs – thinking creatively and acting pragmatically.

On the panel 1: Money Morning is our CEO Kalika Yap with Sasha Strauss, Managing Director of Innovation Protocol and Marty Metro, Founder of Moderated by Jean C. del Rosario, VP/Sr. Portfolio Managment Office, Consumer and Business Lending, Bank of America Merrill Lynch.




Marty Metro, Jean C. del Rosario, Kalika Yap and Sasha Strauss

Right after the conference held the annual NAWBO-LA Awards Luncheon, celebrating it’s 27th year of giving tribute to top achievers among womenleaders who have established a legacy of entrepreneurial excellence and contributed significantly to Southern California.

This year’s conference and luncheon was held at the J.W. Marriott at LA. Live last Friday, April 26, 2013.


CEO Kalika Yap with the Citrus girls


Pooneh Mohajer, COO and Co-Founder of Tokidoki



Barbara Lazaroff, ASID, President, Imaginings Design, Inc./ Founder, Spago, Chinois & WP Fine Dining, Catering & Worldwide


 LL Cool J introducing his wife Simone for the Rising Star award


Congratulations to the 2013 honorees!

Leadership Award: Jessica Iclisoy, Founder & President, California Baby

Legacy Award: Barbara Lazaroff, ASID, President, Imaginings Design, Inc./ Founder, Spago, Chinois & WP Fine Dining, Catering & Worldwide

Trailblazer of the Year Award: Pooneh Mohajer, Co-Founder & COO, tokidoki

Rising Star of the Year Award: Simone I. Smith, Designer & Co-Owner, Simone I. Smith

Innovator of the Year Award: Gwynne Shotwell, President, SpaceX

Hall of Fame Inductee: Jeri Harman, Founder & Partner, Avante Mezzanine Partners

Man of the Year Award: Noel Massie, UPS District President, UPS


Citrus Studios has been certified as a business owned and controlled by a woman by the National Women Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC), the first national certifier of Women Business Enterprise.  Over 700 public and private sector individuals participated in establishing the Standards and Procedures of this rigid certification review.  The goal of the certification program in to streamline the certification process and increase the ability of women business owners to compete for contacts at a national level.

Certification provides a marketing opportunity for women business enterprises to participate in outreach programs,” says Kalika Yap, CEO of Citrus Studios. “in addition, this program will enable us to develop relationships with larger companies and create opportunities for future partnerships with them and public and private companies.”

NWBOC seeks to increase the ability of women business owners to compete for corporate and government contracts,” says Janet Harris-Lange, President of NWBOC. “At the same time, NWBOC also hopes to decrease the number of front operations participating in corporate and government outreach programs.”

NWBOC, a national 501(c) 3 not-for-profit corporation, was created in response to needs identified by the Procurement Special interest Group of the National Association of Women Business Owners.  The study revealed that the public and private sector had not received nor recognized the benefits of contracting with women suppliers.  This has prevented purchasers from obtaining the best value in their procurement and it has limited women business owners from penetrating these markets, which has stymied their growth. NWBOC seeks to provide more corporations with suppliers the opportunity to complete.


Lubov Azria, the owner & designer behind the billion dollar empire of BCBG, received this year’s Leadership Award from NAWBO, the National Association of Women Business Owners.

She hosted a wonderful, exclusive brunch for NAWBO Board and Executive level members at her gorgeous Estate in Holmby Hills.

She also previewed her Spring and Fall runway collections (including Herve Leger), gave a private, behind the scenes tour of her home (which featured a movie screening room, and one of those cool secret doors behind a bookcase).

Her home used to be owned by Academy Award winning author – Sidney Sheldon.

Lubov Azria with Kalika

Award-winning web design Santa Monica

Our Founder and CEO, Kalika Yap, passed her Rising Star Award to friend Wina So Tran, CEO of Solstice Medicine Company, on Friday at the 25th Annual NAWBO-LA Leadership and Legacy Awards Luncheon.

Wina tugged at our heartstrings during her acceptance speech, saying she was amazed to be recognized for doing what she truly loves and works so hard for everyday.

It was a fun afternoon filled with fierce and inspiring women.  We enjoyed and laughed at the various tributes paid to Kalika.  It was more than clear however, that Kalika Yap is now part of a great legacy of top achievers in the women’s business community who have established entrepreneurial excellence.

A table was set up at the closing of the event for Kalika’s patented product, Luxe Link.  These entrepreneurial women were hungry for her designer purse hooks as hundreds of Luxe Link purse holders were gone within seconds!  Seconds!

The Seven NAWBO-LA honorees for 2011 were:

Leadership Award: Trina Turk, Founder, Trina Turk;

Legacy Award: Lynne Doll (in memoriam), President, The Rogers Group;

Diversity Champion Award: Cecil House, Senior VP/Chief Procurement Officer, Southern California Edison;

Trailblazer Award: Ramona Cappello, Founder/CEO, Corazonas Foods, Inc.;

Rising Star Award: Wina So Tran, CEO, Solstice Medicine Company;

Innovators of the Year Award: Kim Etheredge & Wendi Levy, Co-Founders, Mixed Chicks LLC;

Advocate of the Year Award: Erlinda Stone, CEO & President, APR Consulting Inc.

Representing more than 509,000 women-owned businesses in the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana metropolitan area, employing more than 688,000 people, and generating more than $129 billion in annual revenues, women entrepreneurs have become an increasingly active and powerful force shaping the economic and political landscape of Southern California.

We are so excited for Kalika. Today she receives the Rising Star Award from the National Association of Women Business Owners, at the 24th Annual Leaders & Legacy Awards Luncheon.

Kalika was on the radio, discussing the NAWBO award with 2 Minutes&More. Listen here.

Join Citrus Studios as we attend NAWBO-LA’s 24th Annual Luncheon, where our CEO Kalika Yap will be honored with the Rising Star Award!

It’s your Last Chance to Register!
NAWBO-LA’s Leadership & Legacy Awards Luncheon
Friday, March 19, 2010
11 am – 2 pm

JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE
900 West Olympic Boulevard, L.A., CA

About the location:

This year’s Annual NAWBO-LA Leadership & Legacy Awards Luncheon will be held at the spectacular new JW MARRIOTT HOTEL LOS ANGELES AT L.A. LIVE, the focal point of this exciting new district that covers more than six city blocks:

• The JW Marriott Hotel Los Angeles shares space with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel and The Ritz-Carlton Residences in a 54-story architectural beacon—the first skyscraper built in downtown LA in two decades.

• The hotel’s three-story lobby is a pass-through space providing access from Olympic Boulevard to Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE and Nokia Plaza L.A. LIVE.

We hope you can join us!

An excerpt from NAWBO’s Rising Star Award!

Kalika Nacion Yap
Citrus Studios, LLC/Luxe Link/The Waxing Co./
The Rising Star is a woman entrepreneur who has established a critical milestone in her business and has displayed high potential for enduring entrepreneurial success. She embodies the true definition of entrepreneurialism: a woman who has the vision, assumes the risk, does her due diligence, takes the leap of faith and continues to drive towards achievement.
A native of Honolulu, Kalika Yap attended NYU where she found the everyday activity of life in New York – from subway and taxi rides to visits to the Union Square Farmer’s Market – exhilarating. A Journalism Major, Yap worked for several media firms including Bloomberg and CNBC until 1996 when she uprooted herself again, and moved out west to Los Angeles.

Kalika, an early adopter of the world wide web, immersed herself in the still little understood internet. She quickly realized the vast global potential of the web, which she parlayed into a position at the Los Angeles Culture Net, a collaborative initiative project of the Getty Information Institute and California Culture Net. She developed web curriculum, web site design workshops for individual artists, art & educational institutions and students K-12 all the while developing an affinity for the creative professional community.

Stay tuned for the entire NAWBO article.