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  Enterprising Women of the Year Awards

Enterprising Women Announces the Class of 2009:
The Top Women Entrepreneurs in North America

CARY, NC: Monica Smiley, publisher and CEO of Enterprising Women magazine (, has announced the winners and finalists for the 2009 Enterprising Women of the Year Awards, an annual tribute to North America’s top women entrepreneurs. The award winners and finalists were recognized during a three-day tribute held in their honor from March 11-13 at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL. (Click here to see photos of our winners who attended this year's celebration.) This was the seventh anniversary of the gala awards celebration. The Walt Disney World Company is the premiere sponsor of the 2009 Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Celebration.

Award recipients must demonstrate that they have fast-growth businesses, mentor or actively support other women and girls involved in entrepreneurship, and stand out as leaders in their communities. Many of these women are also leaders in key organizations that support the growth of women’s entrepreneurship.

Award winners were recognized in five categories: 1) annual sales revenues of more than $25 million; 2) more than $10 million and up to $25 million in annual revenues; 3) more than $5 million and up to $10 million in annual revenues; 4) more than $1 million and up to $5 million in annual revenues; and 5) up to $1 million in annual revenues. The Enterprising Women of the Year class of 2009 includes the following women, listed alphabetically by category:

Over $25 million in annual sales revenues:

  • Carolyn T. Doerle of Doerle Food Service, LLC, Broussard, LA
  • Elise Hernandez of Ideal System Solutions, Inc., Maple Grove, MN
  • Deborah Jallad of Accredited Surety & Casualty Company, Orlando, FL
  • Amy Langer of SALO, LLC, Minneapolis, MN
  • Tanya C. Matthews of TMG Construction Corporation, Purcellville, VA
  • Cynthia J. Pasky of Strategic Staffing Solutions, Detroit, MI
  • Sue Pisaturo of Small World Vacations, Washington Township, NJ
  • Sonu Ratra of Akraya Inc., Sunnyvale, CA

Over $10 million and up to $25 million in annual sales revenues:

  • Terri S. Alpert of Uno Alla Volta LLC, North Branford, CT
  • Carol Craig of Craig Technologies, Cape Canaveral, FL
  • Hannah Kain of ALOM, Fremont, CA
  • Colleen Kramer of Evergreen Supply Company, Chicago, IL
  • Julie Levi of Progressive Promotions, Inc., Englewood, NJ
  • Linda Moraski of PeopleSERVE, Inc., Chestnut Hill, MA
  • Anne D. Shybunko-Moore of GSE Dynamics Inc., Hauppauge, NY
  • Terri Sullivan of Meridian Imaging Solutions, Alexandria, VA

Over $5 million and up to $10 million in annual sales revenues:

  • Nancy Freeman Balkcom of MySupplies, Atlanta, GA
  • Jessica Browder-Stackpoole of EventPro Strategies, Inc., Scottsdale, AZ
  • Leah Brown of ATEN Solutions, Inc., Cary, NC
  • Annie Danielson of Danielson Designs, Trinidad, CO
  • Angela Hedges Hendricks of Bentley Hedges Travel Service Inc., Oklahoma City, OK
  • Lou Jurkowski of BJAC, pa, Raleigh, NC
  • Darlene M. Miller of Permac Industries, Burnsville, MN
  • Lynn Paige of PerfectPower, Inc., Phoenix, AZ
  • Bridget Soyka-Smith of Soyka Smith Design Studios, Upper Montclair, NJ
  • Paula Turner of Lexair Electronics Sales Corporation, Greensboro, NC

Over $1 million and up to $5 million in annual sales revenues:

  • Marri Aviza of Rumors Salon and Spa, Latham, NY
  • Tina Teree Baker of Cadence Group, Atlanta, GA
  • Jennifer Bisceglie of InTEROS Solutions, McLean, VA
  • J. Isabel Chancellor of IngenuitE, Inc., Oklahoma City, OK
  • Joan Killian Gallagher of Warden-Brooks, Ltd., New Canaan, CT
  • Jena Gardner of JG Black Book of Travel, New York, NY
  • Debbi Somers of Somers Furniture Inc., Las Vegas, NV
  • Mary Wu of Wu Consulting LLC, Washington, DC

Up to $1 million in annual sales revenues:

  • Mary Ardapple Dierker of Apple's Bakery, Inc., Peoria, IL
  • Genma Stringer Holmes of Holmes Pest Control, Hermitage, TN
  • Ann Kayman of New York Grant Company, New York, NY
  • Patricia Massey of Myca Multimedia & Training Solutions, Cincinnati, OH
  • Laura Lee Williams of Laura Lee Designs, Inc., McLean, VA

The judges also selected finalists for the 2009 Enterprising Women of the Year Award. Both winners and finalists will receive recognition at the awards celebration.

Finalists for the 2009 Enterprising Women of the Year Award:

  • Amberly Allen of Direct Innovations, LLC, Bellaire, TX
  • Dale Bare of Bare International, Inc., Fairfax, VA
  • Gloria J. Carter-Hicks of Hicks-Carter-Hicks, LLC, St. Louis, MO
  • Tricia Dempsey of Agile Resources, Inc., Cumming, GA
  • Helen Ficalora of Helen Ficalora, New York, NY
  • Linda Maslow of The Maslow Media Group, Washington, DC
  • Stella M. Miller of Stella May Contracting, Inc., Edgewood, MD
  • Carrie Mitchell of ASAP Office Supply, Raleigh, NC
  • Natalie Perkins of Clean Design, Research Triangle Park, NC
  • Jill Vitiello of Vitiello Communications Group, LLC, East Brunswick, NJ
  • Mindy T. Withrow of CSS Distribution Group, Inc., Louisville, KY

About Enterprising Women
Enterprising Women,
headquartered in Cary, NC, is the nation’s only women-owned magazine published exclusively for women business owners that chronicles the growing political, economic and social influence and power of entrepreneurial women. The magazine provides a friendly meeting place, a public forum, and a national stage for the critical issues confronting women’s businesses and daily lives from the unique perspectives and experiences of entrepreneurial women.

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