Make Mine a Million $ Business™ Names Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue and Secretary of State Elaine Marshall as Keynote Speakers for North Carolina Event

Charlotte, NC, October 03, 2008 --( Mary Cantando, coordinator for the North Carolina Make Mine A Million $ Business™ event (, has announced that Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue and Secretary of State Elaine Marshall are the keynote speakers for the event to be held Tuesday, Oct. 7, at the Blake Hotel, located at 555 S Mcdowell St. Perdue has served as the state’s Lt. Gov. for eight years and is the Democratic candidate for governor. Marshall is the first woman to serve as the secretary of state in North Carolina. The keynote speeches will begin at 3:25 p.m. Both women will address the positive impact of women business owners on the economy and the state.

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 honored to have Bev and Elaine as our keynote speakers,” said Nell Merlino, founder and president of Count Me In. “They are trailblazers, paving the way for future success for women.”

“We are excited about having such knowledgeable and experienced keynote speakers for our upcoming event for women in business,” Cantando said. “Bev and Elaine are strong women leaders who will inform women about success and aid our goal of having a million women business owners with businesses earning a million dollars or more by 2010.”

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.

Patty Briguglio
MMI Associates, Inc.
(919) 233-6600
PR Firms Raleigh, NC

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