CEO of ISHR Group is GWBC’s 2011 Business Star

Atlanta, GA, April 02, 2011 --( CEO Monique Honaman of ISHR Group has been selected as GWBC’s 2011 Business Star. This is the nation’s premier award for excellence among women’s business enterprises. Honaman is one of fourteen women business leaders who received this award at the Women's Business Enterprise National Council Annual Salute to Women's Business Enterprises at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD on March 23. Approximately 1,000 corporate executives, WBEs and government and nonprofit VIPs were in attendance.

“I am honored to represent the Greater Women’s Business Council as their WBE Star for 2011. GWBC and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council are phenomenal organizations that support women business owners and provide terrific opportunities for education, networking and business-generating exposure to corporations and other certified WBEs. I am a strong proponent that all women business owners should get involved with their regional partner organization and WBENC,” said Honaman.

The Summit & Salute is a single program with two important goals. First, the Summit brings together America’s leading corporations, government agencies, women business owners and strategic partner organizations. This comprehensive two-day program focused on the evolution of supply chain diversity in today’s economy and the capacity of women business enterprises to meet changing corporate needs.

“We are very proud of Monique and honored to have her represent GWBC as our Business Star this year. It is our corporate members who select this prestigious recognition and Monique has demonstrated core values such as leadership and integrity in building key relationships amongst our women businesses and her corporate customers,” says GWBC Executive Director, Roz Lewis. “Monique is a successful business owner, author, mom and wife; she joins a legacy of great women businesses who have receive this award during the celebration of women in the month of March,” she added.

The Summit also included information on business forecasts, market trends, best practices, and seminars such as the new “set aside” ruling for small owned women businesses. On October 7, 2010, the U.S. Small Business Administration published a final rule aimed at expanding federal contracting opportunities for women-owned small businesses and on February 4, 2011 announced the implementation and rolling out of this plan to all departments of the government who have procurement responsibilities.

Second, the Salute honors WBENC’s award-winning Women’s Business Enterprise Stars for their achievements and leadership. It also pays tribute to America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises. This year’s celebration of WBENC’s top corporations was held at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial. Corporate honorees, business stars and guests enjoyed meeting the president of the Women's Memorial Foundation and keynote speaker, retired Brigadier General Wilma L. Vaught, USAF. This year’s top corporate winners included GWBC’s members: Accenture, AT&T, Bank of America, The Coca-Cola Company and UPS.

GWBC Board Chair, Chris Seeterlin, of GE Energy said, “On behalf of the GWBC Board of Directors we congratulate Monique Honaman of ISHR Group on being recognized as our 2011 WBENC Business Star. Monique represents our community of more than 900 certified WBEs in the Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina region. She has given much of her time and talent to GWBC and is a wonderful example of the engaged WBEs we have within our organization.”

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Established in 2000, The Greater Women’s Business Council is a non-profit organization for certified Women's Business Enterprises in Georgia and the Carolinas interested in promoting, developing and maintaining business relationships with major corporations, governmental agencies and other women business enterprises. For additional information, please visit

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Lori Beard-Daily