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  • Celebrate the 2020 Enterprising Women of the Year Awards with this special commemorative issue of Enterprising Women!

  • 63 pages of awards coverage, including profiles on our Class of 2020 Enterprising Women of the Year Award Winners and Champions!

  • Meet our "Top 20 in 2020" Award Winners -- alumni Enterprising Women of the Year Award Winners who are being recognized as part of our 20th anniversary celebration of Enterprising Women magazine!

  • Celebrate our two 2020 inductees into the Enterprising Women Hall of Fame: Deirdre Quinn, founder of women's fashion brand Lafayette 148 New York, and Elizabeth Vazquez, CEO and Co-Founder of WEConnect International.

  • Join us in recognizing NAWBO with the 2020 Enterprising Women Legacy Award in honor of the organization's 45th anniversary!

  • Plus, stories of women entrepreneurs persevering during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Spotlight on Tsitsi Mutendi of Zimbabwe and Nike Anani of Nigeria who have partnered to transform African family businesses.

  • And much more!

The importance of taking time out to celebrate the world’s finest women entrepreneurs

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TT he world is a far different place as I write this note than it was in February 2020 when we were making final preparations to celebrate the 18th Annual Enterprising Women of the Year Award scheduled for late March in Clearwater Beach, Florida.

With the announcement of the global pandemic, and our annual conference just a few weeks away, we made the difficult decision to postpone the event to October 18-20.

This is our annual awards issue that introduces Enterprising Women readers to the amazing women—our honorees— with businesses of all sizes from major cities and small towns across America, and outstanding women business leaders from the United Arab Emirates to Kenya who are making a difference.

With 63 pages of awards coverage, you will see a snapshot of women who have grown their businesses, often against great odds, giving back as leaders in their communities, and mentoring other women and girls to pay their success forward.

You will also be introduced to our 2020 Hall of Fame inductees, Deirdre Quinn of fashion brand Lafayette 148 New York and Elizabeth Vazquez of global powerhouse WEConnect International. We are also proud to recognize the National Association of Women Business Owners with our Legacy Award in recognition of the organization’s 45th anniversary this year.

In honor of Enterprising Women’s 20th anniversary in 2020 (our first issue was in May 2000), we opened nominations this year for a very special recognition for previous winners of the Enterprising Women of the Year Award and are recognizing 20 women with our “Top 20 in 2020 Award.” These honorees earned this distinction for a variety of reasons—some because of the explosive growth of their companies since we first recognized them with the Enterprising Women of the Year Award, others for philanthropy and the legacies they have built with nonprofit endeavors, and some for the outstanding way they have supported Enterprising Women and our community in the U.S. and around the world by writing, speaking and giving back to support the mentorship of high school girls through the Enterprising Women Foundation.

We hope you will join us in celebrating all of the outstanding women we honor in this special commemorative issue.

Monica S. Smiley

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