Mary Cantando Named Honorary Chair of The Alliance for Women Campaign

Raleigh, NC, August 14, 2008 --(PR.com)-- Mary Cantando, president and growth expert of WomanBusinessOwner.com, has been named honorary chair of The Alliance for Women campaign. The Alliance for Women is a Columbia, SC based public-private partnership between Columbia College and the South Carolina Governor’s Commission on Women that focuses solely on improving the status of women in South Carolina. As honorary chair, Cantando will be responsible for leading a team of professionals in fundraising for the organization.

"Columbia College is very near to my heart and I am honored to lead this initiative on their behalf," said Cantando. "The Alliance for Women is already beginning to make an impact and this fundraising effort will extend that impact throughout the state."

About The Alliance for Women:
The Alliance for Women, based in Columbia, SC, is the Columbia College partner in a unique public-private partnership between Columbia College and the Governor’s South Carolina Commission on Women. Formed in 2004, the non-partisan organization serves as a disseminator of information, an incubator/resource generator, a convener of expertise and a catalyst for change to champion women in Economic Autonomy, Political Participation and Health & Well-Being.

About Columbia College:
Columbia College is a private liberal arts women's college related to the United Methodist Church with a legacy of developing women leaders possessing the courage, commitment, confidence and competence to build a better world. In addition to the Women’s College, coeducational evening and graduate programs are offered. Enrollment is 1500 students from 23 states and 20 countries. Columbia College is also home to the Leadership Institute and the Alliance for Women, a network of colleges, universities, government agencies, non-profit organizations, corporations, and individuals dedicated to working together to bring about positive changes that will improve the lives of all South Carolinians. For more information about Columbia College visit www.columbiacollegesc.edu.

About Mary Cantando:
Mary Cantando is a nationally-recognized expert on women business owners. She serves as the “Business Growth Expert” for Women Entrepreneurs, Inc, sits on the National Women’s Forum, is honorary chair of The Alliance for Women campaign, serves on the Board of Trustees of Columbia College, is a member of the Women Presidents’ Organization and is certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. Her newest book is The Woman's Advantage: 20 Women Entrepreneurs Show You What it Takes to Grow Your Business. As a member of the National Speakers’ Association, Cantando speaks to women all over the world who want to grow their businesses.

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