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3 O.C. entrepreneurs named among Inc.'s Newpreneur semifinalists

Professionals will compete for title, $50,000 to invest in winning business.

By Kristen SchottPublished: September 23, 2009 11:36 AM

Three Orange County entrepreneurs have been named among Inc. magazine and Alibaba.com's Newpreneur of the Year semifinalists.

Mareya Ibrahim of Aliso Viejo-based Grow Green Industries, which manufactures Eat Cleaner all-natural food wash; Christopher Walworth of Costa Mesa-based SeaRebel Marine Industries, the developer of a rechargeable motorized water sports board; and Jimmy Chiang of Irvine-based Way Basics, a do-it-yourself furniture company, are among the 30 biz-savvy individuals selected as semifinalists. They will compete to be named Newpreneur of the Year and win $50,000 to invest in the winning business.

“As we look beyond the recession toward ways to stimulate the economy, small business has increasingly been recognized as a key recovery factor,” according to Alibaba.com CEO David Wei.

He says Alibaba.com, a business-to-business e-commerce company, and Inc. hope to honor the individuals who do just that, while also offering solutions to succeed in the current economic climate.

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