NAWBO-NYC 2010 Signature Awards Reception Celebrates Seven Women Who Made Their Mark in the New York Business Community

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On Its 25th Anniversary, The New York City Chapter of The National Association of Women Business Owners Honors Seven Outstanding Entrepreneurs With Three Signature Lifetime Achievement Awards, and Introduces A New Signature Award

For the New York City Chapter's 25th anniversary, we are focusing this celebration on women entrepreneurs with business longevity by presenting three Signature Lifetime Achievement Awards instead of one.

The National Association of Women Business Owners – New York City Chapter will honor seven outstanding women entrepreneurs at the 2010 Signature Awards Reception on Tuesday, June 8th at the Louis K. Meisel Gallery, 141 Prince Street, New York City. 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.

According to Pat Ahaesy, NAWBO-NYC President and Signature Awards Committee Chair, “For the New York City Chapter's 25th anniversary, we are focusing this celebration on women entrepreneurs with business longevity by presenting three Signature Lifetime Achievement Awards instead of one. We also continue to honor our traditional Master, Promise and Social Entrepreneur Awards, while adding the Social Media category in recognition of our changing times.”

The Signature Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes women who best exemplify the commitment, determination and endurance it take to create a successful, long-term business and who have succeeded in making their organizations a household name. This year’s recipients are Susan P. Meisel, President, Meisel Real Estate; Jocelyn Nager, President, Frank, Frank, Goldstein & Nager, PC; and Orit, President and CEO, The O Group.

This year’s Signature Master Award recipient is Sarah E. Endline, Founder and CEO of sweetriot. 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.

We continue to encourage up-and-coming businesses with the Promise Award that individually recognizes the woman whose business has the promise of breakthrough success based on innovation and progressive product and/or service plans. For 2010, Deborah Brenner, Founder of Women of the Vine shows that promise. Other outstanding honorees are Jennifer Brown, CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting (Signature Social Entrepreneur Award) who focuses on creating social capital and Mardy Sitzer, President, Bumblebee Design & Marketing (Signature Social Media Award) who helps women communicate with today’s technology.

For information on the 2010 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 http://www.nawbonyc.org to read the bios of our honorees.

About NAWBO-New York City – “Where Success Happens”
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.

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