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GWBC and Newell Rubbermaid Team Up with United Way for 2011 Shoebox Project

Atlanta, GA, May 08, 2011 --( Women Business Enterprises joined forces with United Way at the Greater Women’s Business Council Tables of 8-Greater Giving held at Newell Rubbermaid’s global headquarters on April 27. The networking event allowed WBEs to share experiences, best practices and business skills to help each other in their businesses in addition to giving back to the community.

“Established in 2010, the Tables of 8 event was designed to foster building awareness of other women businesses who may become partners or resources for contracting opportunities. Our goal is to build top of mind awareness with each WBE company,” said GWBC® Executive Director, Roz Lewis. “Additionally, it is always wonderful to see WBEs making a connection with one another while giving back to the community,” she said.

WBE, Kidada Muhammad of Simply the Best Events, Inc. agrees. "It's great to work on growing your business in a fun environment while giving back all in two hours.” This quarter’s event was two-fold. In addition to business networking opportunities, the event highlighted GWBC® and its corporate sponsor Newell Rubbermaid in coming together to support United Way by giving items to those in need through its Shoebox Project.

CEO LaSonya Berry, of McPherson, Berry & Associates, Inc. said, “The Table of 8- Greater Giving was just that -- a giving day. It was exciting to see the women excited about decorating their boxes and helping others. The networking turned into us giving advice, leads and suggestions to each other to help our businesses. What a successful event!”

The Shoebox Project is in its sixth year and has individuals and companies throughout the metro – Atlanta area donating shoeboxes filled with toiletry items that are given to homeless women and children. Last year, more than 15,000 shoeboxes were distributed to more than 80 homeless shelters across the 13-county region that United Way serves. GWBC® members donated between 45 – 50 shoeboxes.

“It has been a pleasure partnering with the Greater Women’s Business Council. The most recent Tables of 8 - Greater Giving event served as a wonderful opportunity to not only invest in our local community, but network amongst other women owned businesses as well. The event was a great success and we look forward to growing our relationship with both GWBC® and local WBEs!” added Senior Sourcing Analyst, Supplier Diversity Lead, Nicole Baird of Newell Rubbermaid.

About GWBC
Established in 2000, The Greater Women’s Business Council is a nonprofit 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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