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About 300 members of Orange County’s business community celebrated five honorees at the Business Journal’s 17th annual Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards Thursday.

Recipients exemplify the “American entrepreneurial spirit” and have built and sustained successful business ventures.

Selected from 84 nominees, the five honorees are:

• Joni Rogers-Kante of SeneGence International Inc., a Foothill Ranch-based marketing company that sells personal care products

• Anderee Berengian of Cie Digital Labs, an Irvine-based company that provides outsourced digital solutions

• Andy Hinrichs of AutoGravity, a car sales and financing app in Irvine

• Julie Zimmerer of 24/7 Family Home Care and Veteran Services, a Dana Point-based in-home care provider

• Vic Merjanian of Titan Health & Security Technologies Inc., a Newport Beach-based company that provides an emergency communications platform

Pedego Bikes co-founder and Chief Executive Don DiCostanzo was the event's keynote speaker.

The Business Journal will profile each entrepreneur in the March 26 issue.