Seeking to Gain Trichotillomania Awareness, Charlene Blacer Voted 2009 Notable Winner in Leading Moms in Business in StartupNation’s Competition

Seeking to Gain Trichotillomania Awareness, Charlene Blacer Voted 2009 Notable Winner in Leading Moms in Business in StartupNation’s Competition
New York, NY, May 07, 2009 --( Charlene Blacer of The Secret Mane announces that it has been recognized as Notable Winner in the top 200 mom-owned businesses in StartupNation’s 2009 Leading Moms In Business Competition. The competition, sponsored by VerticalResponse, recognizes the achievements of mothers across the country who run outstanding businesses.

The Secret Mane with locations in Stroudsburg, PA, New York City, and Philadelphia, PA is a specialty salon transforming those who suffer from many different types of hair loss. The salon is particularly actively involve with sufferers of Trichotillomania, a secretive hair pulling disorder which affects 1-2 out of 50 people according to

"Moms across America were honored in this year’s ranking, showing that they’re capable of starting and running successful businesses while managing to balance family, career, home and self," said Rich Sloan, co-founder of StartupNation. "Well over 620,000 votes were cast in support of several thousand contestants. What an incredible achievement to be named a winner, and what an inspiration for anyone looking to start their own business.”

"It’s challenging for anyone to start and run a successful business – particularly in this economy. These women are setting the standard for innovation and creativity," said Janine Popick, founder and CEO of VerticalResponse.

“I am very humbled and thankful for being a ‘Mompreneur and thank America and the world for their votes’”, says Charlene Blacer, 37 owner and single mother to Emmellene Usera, 17 of Stroudsburg High School, Richard E. Buffone, 14 of Stroudsburg Junior High, and Chloe Buffone, 7 of Hamilton Elementary. Blacer is ranked #13 place out of several thousands of contestants and chosen to be featured in the story that profiles some of the key trends and notable winners in the 2009 ranking; “Mom Moved by a Mission

StartupNation ( launched the first annual Leading Moms in Business Competition in January with the support of VerticalResponse ( to recognize the achievements of mom entrepreneurs across the US. Winners were selected and ranked according to public votes accumulated from January through March, 2009. The elite 200 win bragging rights, promotional support, and digital winner’s emblems recognizing their achievements as the Leading Moms in Business.

The Secret Mane is a specialty salon with locations in Stroudsburg, PA, Philadelphia, PA and New York City that caters to sufferers of various types of hair loss, 90 percent of whom suffer from a hair-pulling disorder called Trichotillomania. The salon works also with those who simply desire fuller, longer hair or those looking to restore damage hair.

For more information on services offered by The Secret Mane, visit or email

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Charlene Blacer
New York City