Local Business Woman Named Among 62 Pitch Winners in Make Mine a Million $ Business™ National Event

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Meg Connell of TheOrganizedOne in Oakland, Calif., received $1000 Prize for winning business pitch in national completion. Currently competing for spot in renowned business growth program, -- a cross between “The Apprentice” and “American Idol” -- to help catapult her business revenue to $1million

Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence, the leading national not-for-profit provider of resources, business education and community support for women entrepreneurs, has named Meg Connell of TheOrganizedOne.com, of Oakland, Calif., as one of 62 Pitch Winners selected in its latest Make Mine a Million $ Business event, M3 1000, which was held Monday, April 4, 2011 in Denver, CO. M3 1000 is the largest business pitch competition for women of its kind in the United States. The Denver event featured more than 300 women entrepreneurs from across the nation pitching their businesses, participating in business growth education sessions, and building business opportunities with each other.

Described as a cross between “The Apprentice” and “American Idol,” the M3 1000 pitch competition invites women business owners with at least $85,000 in annual business revenues that have been in business for two years or more to present their business in a two minute “elevator pitch” to a panel of small business experts and judges. Pitch Winners came away with a $1000 American Express gift card, an introductory cycle of professional coaching, and a chance to participate in the next round of competition to win a coveted spot in the renowned Make Mine a Million business development program, along with a business development package that includes additional cycles of coaching, national PR, and financing assistance to help their businesses grow into million-dollar enterprises. A complete list of M3 1000 Denver pitch winners can be found at http://www.makemineamillion.org/features/m3-1000.

About Meg Connell: Following a natural progression from her years of organizational experience in corporate America for a Fortune 500 consulting firm combined with her degree in Interior Design and Architecture, in 1997 Meg Connell established her private organizing practice. In her role as TheOrganizedOne, Meg’s unique combination of skills has enabled her to provide estate organizing services to a wide range of clients. TheOrganizedOne can be found at http://www.theorganizedone.com.

TheOrganizedOne offers estate organization services to individuals and professionals to assist with all areas of renaming, distributing, and liquidating estates. Their work eases the burden for family members so they can focus on the process of grieving. Their services, which include executing paperwork and organizing tangible assets, also free up time for individuals and companies managing estates so that they may focus on other tasks.

An active member in the professional arena, Meg has served as President and Education Director of the Estate Planning Council of Southern Alameda County, President of the East Bay Women’s Network, and Treasurer of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers. Meg is also a Board Member of the East Bay Estate Planning Council. In addition to serving a variety of clients in her booming organizing practice, Meg starred in the 2005 British comedy television series “The C.H.A.O.S. Clinic.” (C.H.A.O.S. is a popular organizing industry acronym: Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome.) The show is a tongue-in-cheek reality-based depiction of a self–help clinic as last hope for people afflicted with hoarding, lack of time management, and chronic disorganization—all symptoms of C.H.A.O.S. Using an irony-laced, spirited and creative approach to helping the Clinic’s members (offered via a series of group meetings and home interventions), Meg led the group through a six–step recovery program to achieving streamlined success.

About Make Mine a Million $ Business: Launched in 2005 by Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence and founding partner American Express OPEN, the Make Mine a Million $ Business program was created to help post-start up, women-owned businesses grow to one million dollars in annual revenue. Since its inception, the program has hosted over 20 competitions in cities around the country with thousands of women entrepreneurs participating, and grown into a nationwide movement. To date more than 25% of Make Mine a Million $ Business program participants have surpassed the $1 million mark in annual revenues versus the 2.6% national average for women business owners. A year-to-date investment of $12 million in the program has yielded $160 million in revenues for Make Mine a Million $ Business Awardees. The ultimate goal of the program is to elevate one million women businesses to over $1M in annual revenue generating $1 trillion in revenues and creating over 4 million jobs by 2020.

“We are thrilled by the eagerness of women across the country to grow their businesses, create jobs in their communities, and create stability for their families and the national economy,” said Nell Merlino, Founder and President of Count Me In.

The next Make Mine a Million $ Business event will take place July 17-18, 2011, in Philadelphia. Registration is now open at http://www.makemineamillion.org/events

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 their businesses to million dollar enterprises. Count Me In launched the Make Mine a Million $ Business Competition to inspire one million women entrepreneurs scale their businesses to a million dollars in revenue in the next decade by providing tools, skills, and the support of a nation-wide community of peers.


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