Enterprising Women Magazine Announces its Class of 2015
Prestigious Awards Program Recognizes Top Women Entrepreneurs

RALEIGH, N.C. Feb. 9, 2015 – Monica Smiley, publisher and CEO of Enterprising Women magazine, has announced the winners of the 2015 Enterprising Women of the Year Awards, an annual tribute to the world's top women entrepreneurs. Honorees will be recognized at the 13th Annual Enterprising Women of the Year Awards & Conference, Sunday, March 29 to Tuesday, March 31 at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

The annual Enterprising Women of the Year Awards is widely considered one of the most prestigious recognition programs for women business owners. To win, nominees must demonstrate that they have fast-growth businesses, mentor or actively support other women and girls involved in entrepreneurship, and stand out as leaders in their communities. Many of the honorees also serve as leaders of the key organizations that support the growth of women's entrepreneurship.

Award winners were recognized in seven categories this year: annual sales revenues of more than $100 million; annual sales revenues of more than $25 million and up to $100 million; annual sales revenues of more than $10 million and up to $25 million; annual sales revenues of more than $5 million and up to $10 million; annual sales revenues of more than $2 million and up to $5 million; annual sales revenues of more than $1 million and up to $2 million; and annual sales revenues of up to $1 million.

Winners in the "over $100 million in annual revenues" category:

• Kay Ivie, Ivie & Associates, Inc., Flower Mound, TX
• Beatriz Manetta, Argent Associates, Inc., Plano, TX
• Jennifer Maier, WDS, Inc., Lake Wylie, S.C.
• Julia Fournier, HCMWorks, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
• Veronica Muzquiz Edwards, InGenesis, Inc., San Antonio, TX
• Camille Thomas, JMC Retail Group, Minneapolis, Minn.

Winners in the "over $25 million and up to $100 Million in annual revenues" category:

• Raegan Moya-Jones, Aden & Anais, Inc, Brooklyn, N.Y.
• Traci Lounsbury, ELEMENTS, Denver, Colo.
• Lisa Sackuvich, ARJ Infusion Services, Lenexa, Kan.
• Diane Medley, MCM LLP, Louisville, Ky.
• Noreen King, Evolve Manufacturing Technologies, Inc., Mountain View, Calif.
• Carol Hackbarth, Hackbarth Delivery Service, Mobile, Ala.
• Mary K. Davenport, TransTech IT Staffing, Itasca, Ill.
• Marygrace Sexton, Natalie's Orchid Island Juice Company, Fort Pierce, Fla.
• Jennifer Jeansonne, Eagle Consulting, LLC, Belle Chasse, La.

Winners in the "over $10 million and up to $25 Million in annual revenues" category:

• Britnie Turner, Aerial Development Group, Nashville, Tenn.
• Tammy Cohen, InfoMart, Inc., Marietta, Ga.
• Marie Seipenko, Preferred Solutions, Northville, Mich.
• Patty Comer, AccruePartners, Charlotte, N.C.
• Sylvana Coche, Gravity Pro Consulting, LLC, San Clemente, Calif.
• Fiona Gathright, Wellness Corporate Solutions, LLC, Bethesda, Md.
• Paula Lombard, WEXCO Industries, Pine Brook, N.J.
• Hetal Parikh, Rangam Consultants Inc., Somerset, N.J.
• Olga Smirnova, Global Language Solutions, Irvine, Calif.
• Barbara Issett, IQ Business Events, Inc., Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
• Sheila Benson, Employment Screening Services, Birmingham, Ala.
• Lauren Herring, IMPACT Group, St. Louis, Mo.
• Joy E. Taylor, TayganPoint Consulting Group, LLC, Lambertville, N.J.
• Deborah C. Weaver, Midwest Litigation Services, St. Louis, Mo.
• Claudia Mirza, Elahi Enterprises, Inc., dba, Akorbi, Plano, TX
• Marilyn Grabowski, AtlanticInfra, Wall, N.J.
• Mary Miller, JANCOA Janitorial Services, Inc., Cincinnati, OH
• Angela Lee, The Happy Point Resto Group, Chicago, Ill.
• Diana Harbour, The Red Dress Boutique, Athens, Ga.
• Natalie McDonald, Create NYC, New York, N.Y.

Winners in the "over $5 million and up to $10 Million in annual revenues" category:

• Jean Thompson, Seattle Chocolate Company, Seattle, Wash.
• Carol Fitzgerald, Buzzback LLC, New York, N.Y.
• Mandy Gilbert, Creative Niche Inc., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
• Tabatha Turman, Integrated Finance & Accounting Solutions, LLC, Woodbridge, Va.
• Billie Bryant Schultz, CESCO, Inc., Dallas, TX
• Carolyn Williams Francis, Williams Interior Designs, Inc., Columbus, OH
• Victoria L. Vasques, Tribal Tech, LLC, Alexandria, Va.
• Brooke Partridge, Vital Wave, Palo Alto, Calif.
• Lisa Rosenthal, The Mayvin Consulting Group, Inc., Alexandria, Va.
• Carla Percy, The Mayvin Consulting Group, Inc., Alexandria, Va.
• Teresa Sherald, Diversity Search Group, Columbus, OH
• Stacy D. Phillips, Phillips Lerner, A Law Coroporation, Los Angeles, Calif.
• Susan Gilbert, APOGEE Interactive, Inc., Tucker, Ga.
• Ellen Dickson, Bailey Edward Design, Inc., Chicago, Ill.
• Sue Bennett, Bennett Design Associates, Inc., Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada
• Mashell Carissimi, JMC Electrical Contractor, LLC, Saint Clair Shores, Mich.

Winners in the "over $2 million and up to $5 million in annual revenues" category:

• CJ Stafford, Stafford Communications Group, Inc., New Providence, N.J.
• Jennah Purk, CPA, MST, Purk & Associates, P.C., St. Louis, Mo.
• Eugenia Rangel Vera, Tabiques y Acabados de Ceramica SA de C.V., Juarez, Mexico
• Crystal Arlington, Affiliated Grounds Maintenance Group, Inc., Erie, Pa.
• Melissa Lackey, Standing Partnership, St. Louis, Mo.
• Heidi Krupp, Krupp Communications, New York, N.Y.
• Melanie Querry, Beyond Spots & Dots, Pittsburgh, Pa.
• Ania Rodriguez, Key Lime Interactive, Doral, Fla.
• Emily Merson, Global Experiences, Annapolis, Md.
• Kathy Palokoff, Firestarter, Baltimore, Md.
• Dorothy Botsi-Tulare, Botho Ubuntu Cleaning, Johannesburg, South Africa
• Delois Babiker, Intellectual Concepts, LLC, Atlanta, Ga.
• Reginalea Sturns-Kemp, Kemp & Sons General Services, Fort Worth, TX
• Gabriela Leon Gutierrez, Gresmex, Naucalpan City, Mexico
• Tanya Little, Hart Advisors Group, LLC, Dallas, TX
• Jane Sydlowski, AMI Strategies, Livonia, Mich.
• Ann K. Luciani, First Capital Engineering, York, Pa.

Winners in the "over $1 million and up to $2 million in annual revenues" category:

• Linda A. Fanaras, Millennium Integrated Marketing, Manchester, N.H.
• Adie Horowitz, Licenders, New York, N.Y.
• Debbie Oberbillig, Allen Partners, Inc., Seattle, Wash.
• Melinda Maine Garvey, AW Media, Austin, TX
• Susan L. Dawson, Waltz, Palmer & Dawson, LLC, Rolling Meadows, Ill.
• Charmane H. Sellers, ALEON Properties, Inc., Austin, TX
• Diana Peters, Symbol Training Institute, Skokie, Ill.
• Francine Friedman Griesing, Griesing Law, LLC, Philadelphia, Pa.
• Dr. Angela Marshall, Comprehensive Women's Health, Inc., Silver Spring, Md.
• Moira Vetter, Modo Modo Agency, Atlanta, Ga.

Winners in the "up to $1 million in annual revenues" category:

• Rashi Bajaj, Carpet Couture by Rashi, New Delhi, India
• Marla Rausch, Animation Vertigo, Irvine, Calif.
• Latoya Bullard-Franklin, The Bulsard Group, LLC, Houston, TX
• Deborah K. Delaney, Touching Lives Adult Day Services, Savage, Minn.\
• Kathy Kamei, Kathy Kamei Designs, Kentfield, Calif.
• Tena Z. Payne, Earthborn Studios, Inc., Leeds, Ala.
• Maria Teresa Cepeda Casasus, Imaging Supplies de Mexico SA, Mexico City, Mexico
• Jeri J. Brooks, One World Strategy Group, LLC, Houston, TX
• Dr. Marlene N. Mahipat, Mediquest, LLC, Randallstown, Md.
• Kelly Ehlers, Evoke Brands, Inc., Madison, Wis.
• Dana Marlowe, Accessibility Partners, Silver Spring, Md.
• Elaine Gordon, Gordon ADR, LLC, Westbrook, Conn.
• Chandra Moore, coG-studio, Detroit, Mich.
• Sheila Stenhouse Lee, Sheila Lee & Associates, LLC, Baltimore, Md.
• Sandra Sassow, SEaB Energy Limited, Southhampton, United Kingdom
• Yaneek Page, Future Services International, Kingston, Jamaica
• Sandy Riser, SwanRise Productions and The Next Level Business Solutions, Tucson, Ariz.

The 2015 Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Celebration and Conference will bring together dynamic women business owners from North America and around the world for two full days of top-notch workshops, networking opportunities, corporate sponsor exhibits, and awards presentations. The celebration will shine the spotlight on award winners and finalists, with award presentations at the Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Gala Dinner. During the annual "Hall of Fame Luncheon," one woman entrepreneur will be inducted into the Enterprising Women Hall of Fame, an outstanding nonprofit will receive the 2015 Advocacy Award, and two women will be recognized with the 2015 Legacy Award.

The event is open to winners and finalists of the Enterprising Women of the Year Award, corporate supporters, members of the Enterprising Women Advisory Board, VIPs in the women's business community, readers of Enterprising Women magazine, and members of the many partner organizations affiliated with Enterprising Women.

Partner organizations represented on the Enterprising Women Advisory Board and supporting the 2015 event include:

• The Women Presidents' Organization (WPO)
• Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP)
• Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
• National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)
• National Women Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC)
• Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW)
• The Global Initiative for Women's Entrepreneurship Research
• Women's Business Development Center (WBDC)
• Quantum Leaps
• Springboard Enterprise
• UnitedSucces
• Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBEC)/Women Entrepreneurs Inc. (WE)
• Count Me In for Women's Economic Independence
• Women's Leadership Exchange
• The International Alliance for Women (TIAW)
• Asian Women in Business (AWIB)
• eWomenNetwork (EWN)
• Association of Women's Business Centers (AWBC)
• National Association of Women in Real Estate Businesses (NAWRB)

QUOTES:

"When this awards program began 13 years ago, there were only a handful of nominees in what was then the highest revenue category – over $10 million in annual revenues. This growth reflects the fact that more women are scaling their businesses to the $100 million plus level. The Enterprising Women of the Year Award has grown each year in prestige and stature so women entrepreneurs at all levels want to be recognized with this award for the great work they are doing. We could not be more proud of the outstanding women who make up the Enterprising Women Class of 2015," Smiley said.

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2016 Enterprising Women of the Year Award - Nomination Form
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Nominate yourself or a friend for the 2016 Enterprising Women of the Year Award, and plan now to attend our 2016 Awards Celebration and Conference, February 29-March 1, 2016 at The Ritz Carlton Coconut Grove in Miami, Florida, USA.

If you are interested in receiving international recognition for the outstanding work you do as a woman-owned enterprise, consider nominating yourself for the 2016 Enterprising Women of the Year Award. Award winners will be recognized at the Gala Awards Dinner at The Ritz Carlton Coconut Grove on March 1. 

Winning the Enterprising Women of the Year Award is a once in a lifetime honor. If you are unable to attend our 2016 event on Feb. 29-March 1, please do not apply for this award. We recommend that you wait and apply in a year that you know you are able to attend.

Winners will be recognized in the following categories:

• woman-owned enterprise with up to $1 million in annual revenues;
• woman-owned enterprise with more than $1 million and up to $5 million in annual revenues;
• woman-owned enterprise with more than $5 million and up to $10 million in annual revenues;
• woman-owned enterprise with more than $10 million and up to $25 million in annual revenues;
• woman-owned enterprise with more than $25 million in annual revenues and up to $100 million; and,
• woman-owned enterprise with over $100 million in annual revenues.

You may apply for the award if you have been in business at least three years and you meet any of the following three criteria:

• your company is at least 51 percent owned and managed by a woman;
• you are a woman who owns, manages and controls the business with a partner, and you own at least 33 percent of the business; or
• you are a woman entrepreneur who leads a company that has obtained venture capital and, as a result, you now hold an equity position of less than 51 percent in your company.

Award winners receive recognition for themselves and their businesses through local, national and international publicity. Every winner and finalist will be profiled in Enterprising Women magazine.

Please note: All nominations must be received by no later than midnight on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. Winners will be notified in late November.

To submit a nomination, please complete and send the form below.

In order for your nomination to be considered, all of the questions below MUST be answered in as much detail as possible. Please make sure you have a copy of all your answers before clicking "Submit" to keep a copy of this nomination for your records.

2019 Enterprising Women of the Year Award - Nomination Form

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If you are interested in receiving international recognition for the outstanding work you do as a woman-owned enterprise, consider nominating yourself for the 2019 Enterprising Women of the Year Award. Award winners will be recognized at the Gala Awards Dinner. 

Winning the Enterprising Women of the Year Award is a once in a lifetime honor. If you are unable to attend our 2019 event on March 24-26, 2019 please do not apply for this award. We recommend that you wait and apply in a year that you know you are able to attend.

Winners will be recognized in the following categories:

• woman-owned enterprise with up to $1 million in annual revenues;
• woman-owned enterprise with more than $1 million and up to $5 million in annual revenues;
• woman-owned enterprise with more than $5 million and up to $10 million in annual revenues;
• woman-owned enterprise with more than $10 million and up to $25 million in annual revenues;
• woman-owned enterprise with more than $25 million in annual revenues and up to $100 million; and,
• woman-owned enterprise with over $100 million in annual revenues.

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• you are a woman entrepreneur who leads a company that has obtained venture capital and, as a result, you now hold an equity position of less than 51 percent in your company.

Award winners receive recognition for themselves and their businesses through local, national and international publicity. Every winner and finalist will be profiled in Enterprising Women magazine.

Please note: Nominations must be received by midnight on December 10, 2018. Winners will be notified in mid December.

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Awards Celebration & Conference
Enterprising Women of the Year Award Honorees and Advisory Board members will enjoy taking a look at this video taken at the 2015 Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Celebration & Conference. You will see many friendly and familiar faces...! For those who didn't attend, the video gives you a snapshot of what this wonderful event is all about. Enjoy!

March 29-31, 2015
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Lake Buena Vista, Florida USA
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That's right! The Enterprising Women of the Year Awards return to Disney for 2015 and we're excited to share the dates and location with you. Plan to add a few days to your stay and consider bringing your family for a Spring Break getaway. The Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is receiving a refresh of its guest rooms this year so this already beautiful hotel will be even more spectacular for 2015!

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