WBENC Names 14 Women Leaders From Regions Across U.S. as Women’s Business Enterprise Stars

Washington, D.C. -- Each year the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the leader in women’s business development, honors 14 exemplary women business leaders with the nation's premier award for excellence in small business leadership—the WBE Star Award.

The 2016 WBENC WBE Stars are selected by WBENC's 14 Regional Partner Organizations (RPOs), which process WBENC's world-class certification, in addition to providing skills- and business-building programs in their respective regions.

“WBENC’s 14 WBE Stars are exceptional leaders who are forging new ways to deliver value to their customers and their communities,” said Pamela Prince-Eason, President and CEO of WBENC. “They illustrate the powerful contributions that women’s businesses make to the economic growth of this nation.”

The WBE Stars listed below will be honored at an award ceremony and gala during WBENC’s annual Summit & Salute on March 22 to 24, 2016 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Arizona. WBENC’s Summit & Salute is sponsored by Accenture, EY, and Ampcus, and in addition to honoring these successful women business owners, the event is a two-day event providing vital access to the thought leaders, elevating senior-level networking opportunities, and providing business intelligence that enables sustainable growth for WBENC-Certified WBEs.

The following women business leaders are the 2016 WBENC WBE Stars:

{in alphabetical order}

Camille Austin

President

Elite Roofing Services, Inc.

RPO: Women's Business Development Council of Florida

Michelle Bell

CEO 1st Choice, LLC

RPO: Women Presidents' Educational Organization- DC

Doreen Blades

President

US Eco Products Corporation

RPO: Center for Women & Enterprise

Linda Boasmond

President

Cedar Concepts Corporation

RPO: Women's Business Development Center- Chicago

Rose Ann DaRe

President

Hydro Dyne Inc

RPO: Ohio River Valley Women's Business Council

Debbie Drury

President

Market Doctors Direct

RPO: Women's Business Enterprise Alliance

Joan LaGrasse

CEO

Imagen, LLC

RPO: Women's Business Enterprise Council South

Jennifer Maier

CEO

Women's Distribution Services

RPO: Greater Women's Business Council

Margaret Marcucci

CEO

Coranet Corp

RPO: Women Presidents' Educational Organization- NY

Carrie Martinez

President

CM Productions, Inc.

RPO: Women's Business Council- Southwest

Susan Munro

President

Hybrid Collective

RPO: Women's Business Enterprise Council- West

Carol Philp

President

CPI Creative

RPO: Women's Business Enterprise Council PA, DE, sNJ

Serafina Schorer

CEO

RIM Custom Racks

RPO: Great Lakes Women's Business Council

Kelly Sparks

CEO VMG/ studio520

RPO: Astra Women's Business Alliance

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For more information, including interviews, videos, and images with the WBE Stars, please contact the WBENC Press Office at press@wbenc.org.

About WBENC

Founded in 1997, WBENC is the leading third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women, with more than 12,000 WBENC-Certified WBEs. WBENC certification is accepted by more than 1,000 corporations representing America’s most prestigious brands, in addition to many states, cities and other entities. Throughout the year, WBENC and its 14 Regional Partner Organizations provide opportunities for interactions between more than 650 member corporations, government agencies and thousands of certified WBEs at business building events and other forums. WBENC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that seeks and accepts donations from corporations, foundations and individuals that support its mission and programs.

For more information, please go to www.wbenc.org.