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SHARON REYNOLDS HONORED AS A ‘2019 WOMEN’S BUSINESS ENTERPRISE STAR’ BY THE WOMEN’S BUSINESS ENTERPRISE NATIONAL COUNCIL (WBENC)


NASHVILLE, Tenn., – April 4, 2019 – Sharon Reynolds, president & CEO, DevMar Products, LLC has been recognized as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) Star by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s largest certifier of women-owned businesses and leader in women’s business development. The WBE Star Award is the nation’s premier recognition for excellence among women-owned businesses, honoring 14 women from across the country as leaders in their local business communities and respective fields.

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Phyllis Newhouse Inducted Into the Enterprising Women Hall of Fame- Manizha Wafeq is bestowed the 2019 Enterprising Women Advocacy Award



RALEIGH, N.C., March 27, 2019 – Monica Smiley, CEO and publisher of Enterprising Women magazine, recognized two extraordinary women whose pioneering accomplishments in business are matched by their profound contribution to the success and empowerment of women around the world. She inducted Phyllis Newhouse, Chief Executive Officer of Xtreme Solutions, Inc., into the Enterprising Women Hall of Fame; and bestowed Manizha Wafeq, In-Country Facilitator for Afghanistan for the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women’s PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS program, with the 2019 Enterprising Women Advocacy Award.

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Office Depot Teams Up with Dress For Success

According to the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, 1,821 net new women-owned businesses were launched every day in 2018, and women continue to represent nearly half (47%) of today’s U.S. workforce.

On the eve of International Women’s Day, Office Depot is excited to announce a new partnership with Dress for Success (DFS) through a commitment of a $175,000 donation to the organization. This significant donation will help to provide critical financial support to the non-profit, enabling DFS to enhance the continuum of services and programs it offers to its clients locally and across the globe.

Beyond the donation, Office Depot and Dress for Success share the same vision of empowering women with the tools they need to succeed - whether they are starting out in the workforce or working to grow a small business. That’s why Office Depot’s women-inspired brands, See Jane Work®, and Elle Décor®, and the company’s exclusive brand, TUL®, are working closely with Dress for Success to provide women across the country with a network of support, professional attire and development tools needed to thrive personally and professionally.

To learn more about the partnership, please see the press release here.
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Dow Tackles Plastic Pollution While Helping to Create Jobs in South Afric

Supporting the ‘Wastepreneurs’, program and generating awareness around the collection and exchange of recyclable waste

MIDLAND, Mich. – February 05, 2019 – Dow is helping to create jobs and reduce plastic pollution in South Africa through their social initiative, Project Butterfly. Introduced in 2017 in the township of Tembisa, Johannesburg, Project Butterfly works with non-profit organizations and local communities to tackle poor waste management through education, clean-ups and innovation-focused initiatives. Currently active in Johannesburg and Durban, Project Butterfly is part of Dow’s global commitment to address plastic pollution and create a more sustainable planet.

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Yotpo’s 2019 List of “Amazing Women in eCommerce” Spotlight the Female-Led Brands and Buying Experiences Important to Today’s Consumers


Las Vegas, NY (March 5, 2019)
—A soon-to-be-published report by Yotpo (www.yotpo.com) on a survey of female eCommerce shoppers in the US and UK reveals that practically half (49.4%) prefer to buy from brands that are founded, led, or run by women. Further, respondents cite a predisposition toward brands whose ads show women of various ethnicities (75.3%) and diverse body types (84.0%).

As expectations rise for brands to deliver products and experiences that demonstrate cultural awareness to the current generations of shoppers, Yotpo is announcing its 2019 list of “Amazing Women in eCommerce” to recognize the women driving the success of many of today’s most popular brands. As part of the effort to foster future leadership in eCommerce, Yotpo has donated $20,000 to Girls Inc., a global organization devoted to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through direct service and advocacy.

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