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CARY, NC: – Monica Smiley, Publisher and CEO of Enterprising Women magazine, has announced the winners of the 2021 Enterprising Women of the Year Awards, an annual tribute to the world’s top women entrepreneurs. Honorees will be recognized at the 19th Annual Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Celebration & Conference, to be held from Sunday, November 14 to Tuesday, November 16 at the Wyndham Grand in Clearwater Beach, Florida.

The Enterprising Women of the Year Awards is widely considered one of the most prestigious recognition programs for women business owners in the U.S. and globally. To win, nominees 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 the honorees also serve as leaders of the key organizations that support the growth of women’s entrepreneurship.

Award winners were recognized in seven categories this year: annual sales revenues of more than $100 million; annual sales revenues of more than $25 million and up to $100 million; annual sales revenues of more than $10 million and up to $25 million; annual sales revenues of more than $5 million and up to $10 million; annual sales revenues of more than $2 million and up to $5 million; annual sales revenues of more than $1 million and up to $2 million; and annual sales revenues of up to $1 million.

Winners in the “over $100 million in annual revenues” category:
●       Annie Hanna Cestra, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, Pittsburgh, PA
●       Rani Puranik, Worldwide Oilfield Machine, Houston, TX
●       Jenny Niemann, Forward Space, Chicago, IL

Winners in the “over $25 million and up to $100 million in annual revenues” category:

●      Jenny Zhu, Triangle Home Fashions / Lush Décor, East Brunswick, NJ
●      Saundra Pelletier, Evofem Biosciences, San Diego, CA
●      Mary Swenson, mymedchoices, Hockessin, DE
●      Cate Dyer, StemExpress, LLC, Folsom, CA
●      Erin Inman, Primera Engineers, Chicago, IL

Winners in the “over $10 million and up to $25 million in annual revenues” category:

●       Melissa Kehl, Rieke Office Interiors, Elgin, IL
●       Susie Finley, Ascent Living Communities, Centennial, CO
●      Minerva Serrano, Activus Connect, Orlando, FL
●      Jamie Henry, Bee Line Support, Inc., Chicago, IL
●      Shay Kerman, Urgent Care Solutions LLC, Denver, CO
●      Sheri Apodaca, NearShore Technology, Canton, GA
●      Anne Edwards-Cotter, Cotter Consulting, Chicago, IL
●      Cynthia Towers, JURISolutions Legal (JSL), Philadelphia, PA
●      Janet Casey, Marketing Doctor, Inc., Northampton, MA
●      Leslie J. Sawyer, Environmental Design International Inc., Chicago, IL
●      Kam Attwal Kaila, IT By Design, Jersey City, NJ
●      Hadley Perry Pacheco, Perry’s Diamonds & Estate Jewelry, Charlotte, NC
●      Dina DiPalo, Contracting Resources Group, Inc., Baltimore, MD
●      Sarah Henry, Gaspar’s Construction & Remodeling, Seattle, WA
●      Inna Tuler, Maintco Corp, Burbank, CA

Winners in the “over $5 million and up to $10 million in annual revenues” category:
●      Robin Donovan, Bozell, Omaha, NE
●      Carmen Tapio, North End Teleservices, LLC, Omaha, NE
●      Alissa Leinonen, Gourmondo Co., Seattle, WAa
●      Jeana Goosmann, Goosmann Law Firm, PLC, Sioux City, IA
●      Shital Daftari, Saris and Things, Inc., Naperville, IL
●      Susana Robledo, Cube Care Company, Miami Lakes, FL
●      Joanna Sobran, MXOtech, Chicago, IL
●      Innesa Burrola, Boutique Recruiting, San Diego, CA
●      Jennifer Barnes, Optima Office, San Diego, CA

Winners in the “over $2 million and up to $5 million in annual revenues” category:

●      Cheryl Stauffer, Crimson Design Group, Columbus, OH
●      Jean Ginzburg, Ginball Digital Marketing, Denver, CO
●      Gail Trauco, THE PharmaKon LLC, Barnesville, GA
●      Purba Majumder, Cybervation, Inc., Dublin, OH
●      Virginia Madueno, SanGuard Growth LLC, Riverbank, CA
●      Marcia Zaruba O’Connor, The O’Connor Group, King of Prussia, PA
●      Mary Ellen Beliveau, Knowledge to Practice, Bethesda, MD
●      Rachelle Slotnick, Northweset Fresh Chantilly, LLC, Chantilly, VA
●      Marlene Morrison Nicholls, Stewart Morrison Insurance Brokers Ltd., Lindsay, ON, Canada
●      Savanah Simmers, Probitas Promotions, Grand Forks, ND
●      Cathy Hunt and Jaime Davis, Gailor Hunt Davis Taylor Hunt & Gibbs PLLC, Raleigh, NC
●      Dr. Barbara Brown, Capitol Hill Consortium for Counseling and Consultation, Washington DC
●      Jeanne Churchwell, Mt. Tam Innovations, Herndon, VA
●      Veronique James, The James Agency, Scottsdale, AZ
●      Mahe Zehra Hussain, FiveRivers Technologies, Lahore, Pakistan
●      Cheryl Dawn Smith, Helianthus Holdings Inc., Vancouver, BC, Canada
●      Diana Rodriguez-Zaba, ServiceMaster Restoration by Zaba, Chicago, IL
●      Amy Fazackerley, Lay-n-Go, LLC, Alexandria, VA
●      Wendy Romeu, Alluvionic, Inc., Melbourne, FL
●      Nancy O’Hare-Zika, Yellow Dog Creative, Marquette, MI
●      Jennifer Compton, J & L Communications, Brooklyn, NY

Winners in the “over $1 million and up to $2 million in annual revenues” category:
●      Denise Blasevick, The S3 Agency, Boonton, NJ
●      Kathleen Hunt, Personalized Payroll Services, Inc., Bedford, TX
●      Kari Willis, E Factor, Tustin, CA
●      Cynthia McCafferty, Hawthorne Strategy Group, Chicago, IL
●      Annette White-Klososky, Future Point of View, Edmond, OK
●      Joan LaGrasse, Imagen, LLC, Nashville, TN
●      Risa Goldman Luksa, Goldman Marketing Group, Carlsbad, CA
●      Dr. Lana Garner and Dr. Leah Teekell-Taylor, Docs Outside the Box, St. Petersburg, FL
●      Anne Reitz, Caffe tosi, Saint Joseph, MI
●      Angie Beerup, Elevate Design + Build, Blue Springs, MO
●      Melea McRae, Crux KC, Kansas City, MO
●      Amanda Dalnodar, Brew City Marketing, Milwaukee, WI
●      Robin E. Beaman, Beaman Incorporated, Chicago, IL
●      Dr. Meenal Patel, Preston Dental Loft, Cary, NC
●      Dr. Nkem Okeke, Medicalincs, Silver Springs, MD
●      Jacqueline S. Ruiz, JJR Marketing, Naperville, IL
●       Naomi Beard Nelson, Naomi Beard & Associates, Inc., Lincoln, NE
●      Nicole Mahoney, Break the Ice Media, Canandaigua, NY
●      Susan Leger-Ferraro, G3 Consulting Group, Lawrence, MA

Winners in the “up to $1 million in annual revenues” category:

●      Chiedza Kambasha, Kambasha Jewellery Company, Beverly Hills, CA
●      Deb Adams, domo doma marketing, Newtown, CT
●      Sarah Benken, The KNOW Women, Scottsdale, AZ
●      Durecia Moorer, ABCD & Company, LLC, Rockville, MD
●      Susanne Evens, AAA Translation, Chesterfield, MO
●      Jaime Taets, Keystone Group International, Minnetonka, MN
●      Valerie Jimenez, Bold Entity, Dallas, TX
●      Carolina Aponte, Caja Holdings, Indian Trail, NC
●      Raquel Tillmann, Tillman Insurance Advisors, Charlotte, NC
●      Courtney Williamson, PhD, AbiliLife, Pittsburgh, PA
●      Marilyn J. Magett, Evolve CFO Services, San Diego, CA
●      Karen Mills, Interiors by Design, Inc., Leawood, KS
●      Jacqueline Hayes, Crayons and Marketers, Nashville, TN

For the Champion award category, all revenue levels are represented. While the Enterprising Women of the Year Award winners are receiving a once-in-a-lifetime award and may not apply again in future years, Champions may apply again to earn the Enterprising Women of the Year Award Winner designation.

Below are the 2021 Enterprising Women of the Year Champions:
●       Sonya Hopson, Hire Strategies, Raleigh, NC
●       Nicole Glenn, Candor Expedite, Inc., Plano, TX
●       Lindsey Nicholas, International Roofing, Richmond, VA
●       Jennifer Ogrodny, Elite Facility Professionals Inc., Romeoville, IL
●       Danay Escanaverino, LunaSol Media, Crestview, FL
●       Nishidha Kumaresan, Pioneer Technologies, Irving, TX
●       Tracy Nickell, Summit Search Consultants, Bozeman, MT
●       Cheri Tree, Codebreaker Technologies LLC, Las Vegas, NV
●       Sree Divya Vadlapudi, Innovivi Centre of Excellence Pvt Ltd., Hyderabad, India
●       Anita Worthy, Greenville Safety Consultants, Inc., Greenville, SC
●       Angela Seaman, Seaman Group, Rockwall, TX
●       Megan Hargroder, Conversations Digital, LLC, St. Petersburg, FL
●       Amanda Tullos, GreeNexus Consulting, LLC, Bellaire, TX
●       Monick Halm, Real Estate Investor Goddesses, Los Angeles, CA
●       Luisa Isabel Pina Teixeira, Criacao+ Arquitectos, Lda, Lisbon, Portugal
●       Veronica Gunn, Genesis Health Consulting, Milwaukee, WI
●       Chinnmaye Praveen, Gewinn Wachstum, Gankal, India
●       Tatsyaini Thevi, Titan Overseas Great Eastern Resources, Kajang, Malaysia
●       Amareen Dhaliwal, CCRPS, Jacksonville, FL
●       Nancy Uppal, Healthcare Pharma Trading, Haryana, India
●       Alicia Ponce, APMonarch, PLLC, Chicago, IL

The 2021 Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Celebration & Conference will bring together dynamic women business owners from North America and around the world for two full days of top-notch workshops, networking opportunities, corporate sponsor exhibits, and awards presentations. The celebration will shine the spotlight on honorees, with award presentations at the Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Gala Dinner. During the annual “Hall of Fame Luncheon,” two women entrepreneurs will be inducted into the Enterprising Women Hall of Fame, one woman leader will receive the 2021 Advocacy Award, and one woman will be recognized with the 2021 Legacy Award.

The event is open to award honorees, corporate supporters, members of the Enterprising Women Advisory Board, VIPs in the women’s business community, readers of Enterprising Women magazine, and members of the many partner organizations affiliated with Enterprising Women.

Partner organizations represented on the Enterprising Women Advisory Board and supporting the 2021 event include:

●       The Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO)
●       Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP)
●       Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
●       National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)
●       Women Business Collaborative (WBC)
●       Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW)
●       The Global Initiative for Women’s Entrepreneurship Research
●       Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC)
●       Quantum Leaps
●       Springboard Enterprise
●       National Association of Women in Real Estate Businesses (NAWRB)
●       Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBEC)/Women Entrepreneurs Inc. (WE)
●       Women’s Leadership Exchange
●       The International Alliance for Women (TIAW)
●       Asian Women in Business (AWIB)
●       eWomenNetwork (EWN)
●       Association of Women’s Business Centers (AWBC)
“Winning the Enterprising Women of the Year Award is a lifetime achievement for a select group of outstanding women entrepreneurs from across the U.S. and around the globe. These honorees have shown remarkable business growth, leadership in their communities, and mentorship of other women and girls.  I could not be prouder of these phenomenal women leaders,” Monica Smiley, Publisher/CEO of Enterprising Women, said.

“Enterprising Women of the Year Champions, a new category we added five years ago, provides recognition for women who are finalists for the Enterprising Women of the Year Award, recognizing their accomplishments and providing them an opportunity to apply for the award again in the future.  They join us at our annual conference and have the opportunity to be celebrated and network with other honorees. They are truly a group of remarkable women leaders,” Smiley said.

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