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Wendy Coulter Named a Finalist for the Make Mine a Million $ Business™ Charlotte Event

Raleigh, NC, October 09, 2008 --( Wendy Coulter, CEO and creative director of Hummingbird Creative Group (, a Raleigh-based creative services firm, has announced that she has been selected as a finalist for Make Mine A Million $ Business™ event. Coulter, along with 19 other finalists, were selected from more than 200 applications. The finalists will compete for an awards package at the Charlotte event on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at the Blake Hotel. The exciting event will feature female entrepreneurs from North and South Carolina who will compete for business development packages that include money, marketing, mentoring and technology assistance to help their businesses grow into million-dollar enterprises. The event also includes educational and network opportunities in addition to keynote speeches by Secretary of State Elaine Marshall and Count Me In Founder, Nell Merlino and Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue.

Described as a cross between “The Apprentice” and “American Idol,” the competition provides these 20 finalists the opportunity to present their business in a three minute “elevator pitch” to a panel of business experts and a live audience. Ten winners will be chosen by the audience and judges who collaborate on the selection process.

Finalists will receive several of the key components of the Make Mine A Million $ Business™ awards package that will help their business break the million-dollar barrier, which includes inspiration, community, business coaching and mentoring from a “dream” team of coaches and business experts from Count Me In, and select discounts from national sponsors.

The Make Mine a Million $ Business™ program has garnered support from organizations who are all joining hands in order to make an impact in women’s lives and strengthening the US economy. The impressive list of blue-chip national sponsors include American Express OPENSM, AIG, Cisco, FedEx, Jet Blue, and Dell. Sponsors provide an array of products and services that serve as invaluable tools for growth. For more information about how women can grow their businesses please visit

“I am honored to be selected for the Make Mine A Million $ Business™ event,” said Coulter. “This nomination is recognition of the hard work that we put into promoting our clients brands to the market place”

“We are thrilled by the eagerness of women in the region to participate in this event,” said Nell Merlino, founder and president of Count Me In. “The number of applicants mirrors the growth of our entrepreneurs’ businesses and their desire to take them to the million dollar level.”

About Wendy Coulter:
With more than a decade of experience in advertising and design, Wendy Coulter, President of Hummingbird Creative Group in Raleigh, N.C., is widely recognized as a principal professional in her field. She and the team at Hummingbird have won numerous design awards including silver and bronze international Summit Awards and the Triangle ADDY Awards. Hummingbird was also recognized as a winner of the 2007 American Corporate Identity 22 Competition, an annual award showcasing the best corporate identity design in America today. Most recently, she was honored as one of the Triangle’s top 25 businesswomen and presented with the Triangle Business Journal’s prestigious Women in Business Award for her exemplary leadership skills. She was also honored as a recipient of Triangle Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Leadership Award, an award honoring 40 of the region’s most significant young business leaders. She is actively involved in a variety of community and civic endeavors such as the Cary Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and the Ad Club of the Triangle. Wendy is the immediate past chair of the Capital City Club’s Young Executive Board and is a board member for the 6th Annual Big Bad Ball. She is frequently asked to present on topics such as branding, marketing, advertising and design, including presentations to NAWBO, the Kenan-Flagler Business School, Durham Technical Community College, the Cary Chamber of Commerce and the American Institute of Architects. Hummingbird Creative Group was named the 2007 Business of the Year by the Cary Chamber of Commerce and in 2008 received the Pinnacle Business Award from the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.

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.

About Hummingbird Creative Group:
Hummingbird Creative Group is a creative services firm specializing in building brand identities through effective marketing, advertising, graphic design, public relations and technology services. Since its establishment, the firm has repeatedly been recognized as an industry leader. Most recently, the firm received the 2008 Pinnacle Business Award in the 6-10 employee category from the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. For more information, please call (919) 854-9100 or visit the Web site at

About Count Me In
Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence is the leading national not-for-profit provider of resources, business education and community support for women entrepreneurs seeking to grow micro businesses to million dollar enterprises. Count Me In launched the Make Mine a Million $ Business to inspire one million women entrepreneurs scale their businesses to a million dollars in revenue by 2010 by providing tools, skills and the support of a nation-wide community of peers.

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