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Prominent Local Business Leaders, Influencers To Speak At 2015 South Bay Business Mavericks Event

Panelists include Debbie Goldberg (Fresh Brothers), Fred Bruning (The Waterfront Redondo, CenterCal), Rich Marcello (Strand Brewing Co), Phil Sblendorio (Farmers & Merchants Bank), Dan Morad (INVIGORADE Endurance Drink)

Redondo Beach, California (October 5, 2015) ----- announced its lineup of panelists for the 2015 South Bay Business Mavericks. The 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 business leaders, sharing powerful lessons that inspired them to launch and take risks to help them thrive in business. The panel discussion is followed by ShopLocal’s 3rd Annual Small Indie Business Grant Awards Ceremony where three local small businesses will be revealed as winners and presented with their grant awards.

Confirmed panelists include: • Debbie Goldberg, Co-founder & Chief Marketing Officer, Fresh Brothers • Fred Bruning, CEO, CenterCal Properties, LLC (The Waterfront Redondo) • Rich Marcello, Co-founder, Strand Brewing Co • Phil Sblendorio, Senior Vice President and Regional Manager, Farmers & Merchants Bank • Dan Morad, President & CEO, INVIGORADE Endurance Drink

The Mavericks event was started last year by founder, Heidi Butzine. “I started the Mavericks because I wanted to give back to local businesses through our grant program, and build stronger connections within our South Bay business community. We have so much to learn from each other,” said Founder Heidi Butzine. “It’s an honor to have this dynamic group of local business leaders join us for this year’s event. Giving our community this opportunity to come together and learn from their experiences is extremely valuable and inspiring for everyone.”

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. “Where conventional wisdom says, something can’t be done, a maverick sees opportunity.”

The evening will include networking opportunities and culminate with an awards ceremony awarding three locally-based small businesses in the South Bay 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

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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 two years, has given $8,000 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

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