Sam's Club Honors Demeter's Pantry with their 2008 Sam Walton Emerging Entrepreneur Award

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Sam's Club, in celebration of their 25th Anniversary, and in collaboration with Count Me In, has created an award program to support the growth of women owned, entrepreneurial companies like Demeter's Pantry.

The Managing Partners of Demeter's Pantry, Esther Luongo Psarakis and Maria Kardamaki Robertson, were honored with the Sam Walton Emerging Entrepreneur Award in recognition of their commitment to social and environmental causes while continuing the successful expansion of their business.

Demeter's Pantry is an import and wholesale company with the mission of supporting organic and artisanal producers in Greece as well as promoting healthy authentic Greek foods in the US. Demeter's Pantry has partnered with organizations such as Autism Speaks and participated in events such as Taste of the Nation that fight childhood hunger. Despite difficult economic conditions, Demeter's Pantry expects to double its sales in 2008. "We look forward to using the resources available to us through this award to better position our company for strategic growth and to enhance our support of the communities in which we work," said Maria Kardamaki Robertson, Managing Partner.

The Sam Walton Emerging Entrepreneur Award resulted from a partnership of Count Me In for Women's economic independence and Sam's Club. The award offers one-year of paid professional business coaching, free access to Count Me In's educational resources and seminars, and a Sam's Club Business Membership. "We are honored to receive this award that will allow us to collaborate with Count Me In's community of like-minded women entrepreneurs who inspire and mentor each other," stated Esther Luongo Psarakis, Managing Partner.    

About Count Me In

Count Me In for Women's Economic Independence is the leading national not-for-profit provider of resources, business education and community support for women entrepreneurs seeking to grow micro businesses to million dollar enterprises. Count Me In launched the Make Mine a Million $ Business to inspire one million women entrepreneurs to scale their businesses to a million dollars in revenue by 2010 by providing tools, skills and the support of a nation-wide community of peers.

About Demeter's Pantry

Demeter's Pantry is a women-owned company specializing in importing artisanal, natural and organic products from Greece and creating products based on traditional family recipes. Their leading brands include, The Greek Table, Taste of Crete, Biolea, Apipharm, Ta Mylelia and Anydros.

In May 2008, the New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners (NJAWBO) honored Demeter's Pantry for their entrepreneurial achievements. In 2007 Demeter's Pantry was a finalist in American Express' Make Mine a Million Business Program for Women Entrepreneurs and also won the 2007 Small Business Vitality Award from the Somerset Business Partnership. In addition they have won the Success Award for the Somerset-Hunterdon County Small Business Development Center.

For further information about the company and its products, contact Demeter's Pantry at 908-685-2035 or sales@demeterspantry.com or visit its website at http://www.demeterspantry.com.

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