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  • 2022-spring-cover.jpgOur cover theme includes a series of articles on "Finding Your Purpose," including Patricia Marx, CEO of Chicago-based New World Van Lines on how she is leading four generations running this 100+ year-old family-owned business.
  • Our own Edie Fraser and Kay Unger on how to build a lasting legacy.
  • Dee Robinson on finding her purpose and realizing that courage was central to her life (an excerpt from her new book).
  • Advice from Susan McGlory Michel on how to steady yourself in a volatile market.
  • Exploring the mindset block that keeps many women-owned firms playing too small.
  • Dr. Sandi Webster offers advice on how to survive a technology disaster.
  • Asma Ishaq shares her thoughts on why it's important to double down on peer support.
  • How to be prepared to access the capital your business needs.
  • Building a diverse culture for your company in months, not years.
  • Why maintaining your personal health should be a top business priority.
  • And, much more!


  • 21st Annual Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Celebration & Conference, May 21-23, 2023 at the Wyndham Grand in Clearwater Beach, Florida
  • Nominate yourself or a peer! The deadline to submit a nomination is Feb. 1, 2023.
  • Honorees will be announced in mid-February.
  • Conference registration opens on Jan. 15, 2023.




Enterprising Women Magazine Announces
2017 Enterprising Women of the Year Champions
Prestigious Awards Program Introduces List of Honorees

RALEIGH, N.C. January 9, 2017 – Monica Smiley, publisher and CEO of Enterprising Women magazine, has announced the winners of the 2017 Enterprising Women of the Year Awards, an annual tribute to the world’s top women entrepreneurs, and a new award level introduced in 2016, Enterprising Women of the Year Champions. Both the Enterprising Women of the Year Award Winners and Enterprising Women of the Year Champions will be recognized at the 15th Annual Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Celebration & Conference, to be held from Sunday, April 2 to Tuesday, April 4 at The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The 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.

For the new Champion award category, all revenue levels are represented. While the Enterprising Women of the Year Award winners are receiving a once-in-a-lifetime award and may not apply again in future years, Champions may apply again to earn the Enterprising Women of the Year Award Winner designation.

Below are the 2017 Enterprising Women of the Year Champions:

  • Nicole Wickens, Validus Construction Services LLC, Orlando, Florida
  • Debra Blue, Blue Moon Estate Sales, Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
  • Cindy McCain, McNDT Pipeline, Ltd., Channahan, Illinois
  • Lisa Druxman, FIT4MOM, San Marcos, California
  • Marianne Sargent, Sargent Foods LLC, Sarasota, Florida
  • Mary Mason, Timco-Clouth, Marysville, Ohio
  • Victoria Villalba, Victoria & Associates Career Services, Inc., Miami, Florida
  • Fran Biderman-Gross, Advantages, Kew Gardens, New York
  • Pat Isaac, Capital Services, Inc., Towson, Maryland
  • Jinny Bromberg, Bromberg & Associates, Hamtramck, Michigan
  • Jill Kerrigan, JAK Creative Design, Darien, Illinois
  • Amber Newman, Boys and Girls Club, Freeport, Texas
  • Lisa Lavin, Anser Innovation, Burnsville, Minnesota
  • Veronica Fielding, Digital Brand Expressions, Princeton, New Jersey
  • Jennifer Deerman, Quality Counts, Inc./Southeast Sewer, Inc., Brookwood, Alabama
  • Marisa Smith, The Whole Brain Group LLC, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Jennifer O’Brien, Accounting Business Solutions by JCS, Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • Leticia Herrrera, ECI, Chicago, Illinois
  • Sandra Gromball, Contemporary Software Concepts of NJ, Pennington, New Jersey
  • Lisa Scott, Scott Global Migration Law Group, Chicago, Illinois
  • Michelle Carfagno, The Greater Knead, Bensalem, Pennsylvania
  • Kara Sax, The Sax Agency, Los Angeles, California
  • Janine Iannarelli, Par Avion Ltd., Houston, Texas
  • Psyche Terry, UI Global Brands LLC, Frisco, Texas
  • Katherine Quinn, The Kat Agency, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Becky Wilson, WDS Marketing & Public Relations, Overland Park, Kansas
  • Diane McIlree, Advisory on Call, Islip, New York
  • Kate Geagan, IT Nutrition LLC, Park City, Utah
  • Erika Moore, Bonlife Coffee, Cleveland, Tennessee
  • Ana Bermudez, TAGit, San Diego, California
  • Vonetta Daniels, VYD and Associates, Scottdale, Georgia
The 2017 Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Celebration & 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 honorees, 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 2017 Advocacy Award, and one woman will be recognized with the 2017 Legacy Award.

The event is open to award honorees, 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 2017 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
  • National Association of Women in Real Estate Businesses (NAWRB)
  • Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBEC)/Women Entrepreneurs Inc. (WE)
  • Women’s Leadership Exchange
  • The International Alliance for Women (TIAW)
  • Asian Women in Business (AWIB)
  • eWomenNetwork (EWN)
  • Association of Women’s Business Centers (AWBC)
“With hundreds of women entrepreneurs nominated from across the United States and around the globe, we added a new award category last year to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of a larger group of women worldwide,” said Monica Smiley, publisher and CEO of Enterprising Women. “These “Champions” excel in a variety of ways – through fast business growth, community leadership or as outstanding role models and mentors in their communities. We look forward to meeting both our Enterprising Women of the Year Award Winners, and Enterprising Women of the Year Champions in Fort Lauderdale in early April.”

- For more information or to register to attend the 2017 Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Celebration & Conference, visit http://enterprisingwomen.com.

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