LSW Chauffeured Transportation CEO Awarded Scholarship for Women Entrepreneurs

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Melissa Thornton completes program through Dartmouth’s Tuck-WBENC Executive Program

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Melissa Thornton, CEO of LSW Chauffeured Transportation (LSW), recently received a full scholarship to attend the 2012 Tuck-WBENC Executive Program, an intensive weeklong executive learning experience held at IBM's Learning Center in Armonk, NY. Thornton attended the program along with 54 other area women entrepreneurs. The Tuck-WBENC Executive Program, which was established in 2003 and has been sponsored by IBM since then, stemmed from an idea to create a program tailored to the needs of women business owners. Today it offers step-by-step tactics designed to help women entrepreneurs grow their business, with a focus on improving strategic planning, organization, resources, and systems and processes.

Tuck is the nation’s oldest graduate school of business and is renowned for its collaborative learning approach. The Tuck-WBENC program is designed to prepare business owners to think differently about how they approach and operate their businesses. To enhance the relevance of the experience, the course used LSW's business plan as a case study in the curriculum. LSW expects to reap immediate benefits from the marketing, financial and organizational strategies taught in the class.

“I am proud to have received a Dorothy B. Brothers Executive Scholarship from the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) that enabled me to participate in such a prestigious and valuable program,” said Thornton. “What I learned from the Tuck-WBENC Executive Program will benefit my leadership of LSW and empower me to guide other women entrepreneurs in the growth and management of their businesses.”

LSW has been WBENC certified since July 2012, which is one of the pre-requisites for applying to the program. The Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) is the leading authority on and advocate for women-owned businesses as suppliers to the nation’s premier corporations and government entities. WBENC certifies women-owned businesses with a world-class, rigorous process recognized by corporations and government agencies, and is authorized by the Small Business Administration to certify Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSB). The WOSB Program provides government-owned procuring agencies a tool to help meet their WOSB contracting goal of 5% of prime contracting dollars being awarded to WOSBs.

"The Tuck-WBENC Executive Program is an exceptional opportunity for women business owners to examine their business plan, strategize for growth and network with other prominent women in business," stated President and CEO of WBENC, Pamela Prince-Eason. "The caliber of the Tuck faculty participating in the program is unsurpassed."

About LSW Chauffeured Transportation
LSW is a full-service chauffeured transportation company founded in 1978. Based in White Plains, N.Y., LSW has established itself as a world-class transportation service providing a fleet of luxury cars, sedans, SUVs, busses, and mini coaches and a global network of more than 550 affiliate providers. Led by CEO Melissa Thornton, LSW is one of the first certified minority- and woman-owned limousine services in Westchester County. The company continues to maintain an impeccable reputation with exceptional service. LSW is located at 10 New King Street, Suite 209, White Plains, N.Y. 10604. For more information or to make a reservation, LSW can be reached at 1-877-878-LIMO and emailed at reservations(at)lswlimo(dot)com.

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