Enterprising Women of the Year Celebrates 10th Year of Prestigious International Awards

Event Recognizes Women Entrepreneurs Around the Globe

Raleigh, NC, March 11, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Monica Smiley, publisher and CEO of Enterprising Women magazine (http://www.enterprisingwomen.com), has announced that the magazine will host its 10th annual Enterprising Women of the Year Awards celebration on Monday, March 12 and Tuesday, March 13. On Monday, the publication will host Connect, Grow & Inspire Workshops provided by experienced women entrepreneurs, as well as Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) Match-Making Sessions coordinated by the Women’s Business Development Center – Chicago (WBDC) at Office Depot corporate headquarters at 6600 North Military Trail in Boca Raton, Fla. On Tuesday, the Hall of Fame luncheon and evening awards dinner will be held at the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale, located at 1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. This two day celebratory event is a tribute to top women entrepreneurs from North America and around the globe.

During the Hall of Fame luncheon on Tuesday, March 13, Sara Manzano-Díaz, director of the Women’s Bureau of the United States Department of Labor, will receive the publication’s Advocacy Award. Also at that time, Melanne Verveer, U.S. ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues, and Mei Xu, co-founder and president of Chesapeake Bay Candle and creator and CEO of Blissliving Home, will be inducted into the Enterprising Women Hall of Fame. The 2012 Enterprising Women of the Year Awards winners and honorable mentions will be announced at the gala awards dinner later that evening.

Registration is open to women entrepreneurs throughout the country who would like to come and learn from the magazine’s knowledgeable advisory board members and various leaders who are scheduled to speak at the event. For more information or to register to attend the 2012 Enterprising Women of the Year Awards celebration, visit http://www.enterprisingwomen.com/EWofYearAwards.htm.

“The Enterprising Women of the Year Awards recognize the outstanding business and community contributions of nearly 100 women entrepreneurs throughout the world,” said Smiley. “Our honorees have demonstrated a commitment to developing the success of other entrepreneurs as well as serving as role models for young girls, students and aspiring businesswomen.”

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- The 2012 award winners and honorable mention recipients will be profiled in the April 2012 commemorative awards issue of Enterprising Women magazine.

- Award winners will be recognized in five categories: annual sales revenues of more than $25 million; more than $10 million and up to $25 million in annual revenues; more than $5 million and up to $10 million in annual revenues; more than $1 million and up to $5 million in annual revenues; and up to $1 million in annual revenues.

About Enterprising Women Magazine:
Enterprising Women, with headquarters in Cary, N.C., is the nation’s only women-owned magazine published exclusively for women business owners that chronicles the growing political, economic and social influence and power of entrepreneurial women. The magazine provides a friendly meeting place, a public forum and a national stage for the critical issues confronting women’s businesses and daily lives from the unique perspectives and experiences of entrepreneurial women. Published in both print and digital editions, the magazine's digital edition reaches more than 200,000 readers in 50 countries. For more information, please visit http://www.enterprisingwomen.com or call (919) 362-1551.

Emily Packard
MMI Public Relations
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Patty Briguglio