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Lynne Coggin, Executive Director of BNI Northeast Florida Selected as a Finalist of the 2010 Women in Business Awards

Jacksonville, FL, March 18, 2010 --( Women Business Owners of North Florida along with the Professional Women’s Council of the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce, has selected Lynne Coggin, Executive Director of the Northeast Florida region of BNI as a finalist for the 2010 Women in Business Franchisee of the Year award. The Women in Business Awards recognize and honor women who epitomize success in today’s business world. The award winners will be announced during a special luncheon on Wednesday, March 24 at 12:00pm at the Omni Jacksonville Hotel.

BNI, the world’s largest international networking organization has more than 115,000 members worldwide. As an Executive Director for the organization, Lynne and her team work with business owners, account executives and business development officers to market their businesses by using a word-of-mouth marketing strategy that enables them to develop long-term, meaningful relationships with quality business professionals. Unlike many other networking groups, BNI provides its members with a professional structure and an on-going training system, allowing members to network in a formalized approach. In 2009, the chapters under Lynne’s leadership generated $8.6 million in profit and projections for 2010 are on track for the referral profit to hit $10 million.

“To be recognized as a finalist for the Women in Business Awards is a true honor,” said Lynne Coggin, Executive Director of BNI Northeast Florida. “I am grateful for the opportunity to work with amazing business professionals in Northeast Florida to help grow their businesses through structured, intentional word-of-mouth marketing. The best part of my role as a business woman is, 'I am enjoying where I am, on the way to where I am going'.”

Donna Orender, President of the Women’s National Basketball Association, will be the keynote speaker at the luncheon. Sponsored by Women Business Owners of North Florida, the Jacksonville Business Journal, the Professional Women’s Council, WOKV, AMP-Promotional Products, Cave Productions and Pegasus Media, the Annual Women in Business Awards will recognize four women in the following categories: Entrepreneur of the Year, Franchisee/Franchisor of the Year, Corporate Leader of the Year and Pioneer of the Year. For more information on the awards or luncheon please visit

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About BNI
Business Network International (BNI) is the world’s largest business networking organization, founded in 1985 by Ivan R. Misner PH.D., author of The World’s Best Known Marketing Secret, Seven Second Marketing, Business by Referral, Masters of Networking and Masters of Success the latest addition to his bestselling Masters Series, and the #1 best-seller, Truth or Delusion--Busting Networking's Biggest Myth.

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