Charlottte, NC (PRWEB) December 13, 2012
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, is pleased to name ten area business owners as Awardees of its first-ever Urban Rebound-Charlotte small business competition for women.
Urban Rebound, made possible with generous support from Sam’s Club Giving Program, is an exciting new business growth initiative for women entrepreneurs currently at $50,000 to $150,000 in annual revenues and designed to help them grow to $250,000+ quickly and sustainably to spur local economies and job growth in their communities.
Urban Rebound aims to help 300 women-owned businesses across the country grow to $250,000+ in revenue with support through the Count Me In Business Accelerator Program. That goal translates into $75 Million in new economic activity and 600-900 much needed new jobs.
Urban Rebound-Charlotte Awardees each receive a place in Count Me In’s renowned nine-month Business Accelerator program, which provides intensive business coaching and education designed to help participating businesses grow their revenues by at least 30% and create new jobs within 18-36 months. That program will commence for the Awardees in January 2013. Awardees also receive a one-year legislative membership with Women Impacting Public Policy.
In addition, the Top 10 Awardees each receive Urban Rebound Jump Start Prizes, a $1000 cash award to use in their businesses. The Urban Rebound-Charlotte Jump Start prize winners are: Geraldine Brisbane-Crooks, Brisbane Preparatory Academy; Robin Bylenga, Pedal Chic; Mary Cantando, The Woman’s Advantage; Amanda Carroll, Sage Jewelry Arts; Kimberly Edmonds, Y Square Management; Kim Johnson, Perfect Finish Cleaning Service; Jess McLamb, Roper Bookkeeping; Karen Parker, Ultimate Delivery Solutions; Elaine Piraneo, Tele-Vantage, Inc.; and Stacey Robinson-Long, Carolina Communications Consultants.
A full list of the 2012 Urban Rebound-Charlotte Awardees is available at http://countmein.org/urbanrboundcharlotte.
In addition to the Charlotte Metropolitan Area, in 2012 Count Me In presented Urban Rebound pitch competitions in Los Angeles and Detroit. Additional events are currently being planned for 2013.
The 32 Awardees named each presented a two-minute pitch on their business at the Urban Rebound-Charlotte conference and competition at the Westin Charlotte on October 29, 2012. Fifty Pitch Winners were selected at that event and invited to submit financial documentation and business plans as part of the second round of competition. Awardees were chosen based on their demonstrated ability to benefit and grow through the Business Accelerator Program.
“Our Urban Rebound-Charlotte Awardees represent the incredible potential that women business owners have to truly impact economic growth in our country,” said Nell Merlino, Founder and President of Count Me In. “We look forward to working with this promising group of motivated entrepreneurs as they grow their micro-businesses into thriving enterprises.”
According to 2010 US Census statistics, while women-owned businesses represented nearly 50% of privately held companies, the majority of these firms reach just $50,000 in annual gross revenues or less. In order to impact the current economic recovery, significant growth among these businesses is essential.
North Carolina is among the top 10 states in terms of the number of women owned businesses – ranked #8 with 256,400. However, it ranks 39th when it comes to revenue growth among women-owned firms – only 44.3% between 1997 and 2012, compared to the national average of 58%, according to a 2012 report.
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 business revenues in the next decade by providing tools, skills, and the support of a nation-wide community of peers. For more information about Count Me In and Urban rebound, visit http://www.countmein.org