Gov. Michael F. Easley Welcomes Make Mine A Million $ Business Event to North Carolina

Charlotte, NC, September 13, 2008 --( Mary Cantando, coordinator for the North Carolina Make Mine a Million $ Business™ ( event, has announced that North Carolina Governor Michael F. Easley and the state of North Carolina have issued a letter of welcome to the organization’s inaugural North Carolina event on Oct. 7 at the Blake Hotel, located at 555 S. McDowell St. North Carolina is one of only 10 states to host the program in 2008. In the letter addressed to the Make Mine a Million $ Business™ event, Easley recognized the conference for having the ability to generate strength and enthusiasm among women entrepreneurs that will allow them to return to their respective places of employment with a renewed zeal for their work.

Make Mine a Million $ Business™ provides a combination of money, mentoring, marketing and technology tools that help women entrepreneurs grow their businesses from micros to millions. Finalists will be selected from applicants statewide and asked to deliver a business pitch to women entrepreneurs, judges and guests at the event. Winners will be chosen by judges and audience members. Women entrepreneurs interested in applying for the North Carolina event are encouraged to visit for more information.

“We are excited to open our North Carolina event to women entrepreneurs from South Carolina,” said Nell Merlino, founder and president of Count Me In. “Our movement is growing exponentially, pushing American women into the next frontier of economic achievement. The small business sector is a thriving part of our country’s economy, and women-owned firms are the fastest growing segment. There is a great opportunity here to help create jobs and generate revenue from which we will all benefit.”

“We are honored that Michael Easley has issued a issued a letter of welcome in recognition of North Carolina’s first Make Mine a Million $ Business™ event,” said Cantando. “This event will open doors of opportunity for North Carolina women business owners.”

About Make Mine A Million $ Business™:
Make Mine a Million $ Business™, a program of Count Me In and founding partner, American Express OPENSM, provides women entrepreneurs with the opportunity to expand their businesses by generating more than a million dollars in annual revenue. A unique nationwide program that provides money, mentoring and marketing opportunities to help businesses grow from micro to millions, the goal of Make Mine a Million $ Business™ is to lead one million women entrepreneurs in the effort to reach annual revenues of one million dollars by 2010. North Carolina will host the state’s first Make Mine a Million $ Business™ event on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at the Blake Hotel in Charlotte. For more information please visit or call (212) 245-1245.

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