Nominations open for Tucson Woman Business Owner Awards

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Tucsonans now have the opportunity to nominate and vote for Tucson’s outstanding women entrepreneurs. Awards will be given to five local business women who will be honored for their contributions as valued members and leaders of our community, for delivering excellent customer service, developing innovative models of business or for being model employers.

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Tucsonans now have the opportunity to nominate and vote for Tucson’s outstanding women entrepreneurs. Awards will be given to five local business women who will be honored for their contributions as valued members and leaders of our community, for delivering excellent customer service, developing innovative models of business or for being model employers.

Nomination and voting is taking place online at http://www.tucsonwomanbusinessowneroftheyear.org. These community-wide awards, sponsored the Greater Tucson Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), will be announced on Wednesday, February 8, 2006, at a breakfast ceremony to be held at the Arizona Inn.

The community is invited to nominate local business women owners who exemplify the ingenuity, creativeness, tenacity and courage needed to run their own business – whether she is a consultant or saleswoman working out of her home, a techno-guru successful at online auctions, or the woman who owns the corner beauty shop.

The prestigious Tucson Woman Business Owner of the Year Award will be given to a woman who has used creative initiatives to overcome obstacles, create jobs and grow a successful business.

Kerstin Block, owner and founder of Buffalo Exchange, was last year’s Woman Business Owner of the Year. Block, owner of the Tucson-based retail store specializing in vintage and used clothing, has 25 stores and five franchises in 11 states, with more than $40 million a year in sales.

Additional Award Categories include: Brick & Mortar Award - women business owners with a physical business location. Home-Based Award – women business owners with home-based businesses. E-Business Award – for women owning 100% internet-based business. Mentor Award - honors a woman business owner who has served as a mentor to other women in business.

About National Association of Women Business Owners

National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is the voice of America's 10.6 million women-owned businesses. Since 1975, NAWBO has helped women evolve their businesses by sharing resources and providing a single voice to shape economic and public policy. Today the organization features chapters in almost every metropolitan area in the United States.

For more information call the NAWBO office at 326-2926 or visit the awards website at. http://www.tucsonwomanbusinessowneroftheyear.org.

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