New York City's National Association of Women Business Owners Honors Non-Profit Organizations

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The New York City chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners will honor three distinguished women from the non-profit industry at its annual Signature Awards ceremony. These organizations represent non-profits that are operating profitably while benefiting the community.

The National Association of Women Business Owners - New York City Chapter will honor three exceptional non-profit leaders at their annual Signature Awards gala. These non-profits are shining examples to the business world that they can be both fiscally responsible and successful. The Signature Awards, established in 1992, is a premiere event to honor remarkable women business pioneers who have left their unique mark -- their "signature" -- on the business community. The award ceremony will take place on March 16th 2009 at Cipriani's, The Rainbow Room, located at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York from 5:30p.m. - 9:00p.m.

After a six-month decision making process, Sandi Webster, co-chair of the Signature Awards Committee, says "We were knocked out by the sheer number of NYC non-profit organizations that are managed with insight and innovation. These women are inspiring leaders and we invite the entire New York community to support them." The three award categories are The Lifetime Achievement Award, Master Award and Promise Award. This year's recipients are:

1. The Lifetime Achievement Award - Donna Colonna, Services for the UnderServed. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes women who best exemplify the commitment, determination and endurance it take to create a successful, long-term business and who has succeeded in making her organization a household name.
2. The Master Award - Ana L. Oliveira, The New York Women's Foundation®. The Master Award honors the achievement of a woman who owns and operates a mature company and continues to succeed by being constantly innovative - shifting her strategic focus, incorporating new technology, expanding her market or increasing her staff.
3. The Promise Award - Chloe Drew, The Council for Urban Professionals. The Promise Award individually recognizes the woman whose business has the promise of breakthrough success based on innovation and progressive product and/or service plans.

Donna Colonna, Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, sums it up by saying, "NAWBO's Signature Awards are a humbling acknowledgment of the work done by outstanding nonprofits led by phenomenal women. I am honored to be included among them and pleased to have our work spotlighted for the world to see."

Special recognition will be given to two non-profit organizations: The Master Certificate of Recognition acknowledges Fran Brown of The Alan T Brown Foundation to Cure Paralysis and The Promise Certificate of Recognition goes to Janelle Lin of Step Up Women's Network-NY. Olympian, Bonnie St. John, is once again our Mistress of Ceremonies.

For information on the 2009 Signature Awards or to learn more about the National Association of Women Business Owners, contact the NAWBO-NYC office at 212-252-1100 or visit nawbonyc.org to reach the bios of our honorees.

About NAWBO-New York:
The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), empowers, inspires and promotes the interest of female entrepreneurs at all levels. NAWBO New York City is a unified voice for women of diverse industries and backgrounds; the organization seeks to effect social, political and economic change.

Since 1985, NAWBO New York City has been the collective backbone of the city's 330,000 women business owners, who generate nearly $65 billion in sales annually. NAWBO New York City offers facilitated networking, educational programs, inspirational speakers and other special events to help members grow their businesses.

NAWBO New York City is a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners, a dues-based national organization representing the interests of women entrepreneurs in all industries, with nearly 80 chapters nationwide.

Contact:
Sandi Webster, Consultants 2 Go
sandi (at) consultants2go (dot) com
917-697-8218

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