Monday, June 25, 2007

News of Interest: Two WPO Chicago Members Win BIG Awards

Two WPO Chicago members are award winners:

1. INNOVATE Illinois 2007, third annual small business challenge, to recognize and assist some of the most innovative small companies that are contributing to our expanding economy. Thirteen winners were selected from approximately 100 companies who originally submitted applications and business plans from the Northern, Chicagoland, Central and Southern regions of the state. Finalists will now participate in an [intensive six-month program where they will have access to a variety of essential resources and expertise, including a $10,000 grant, to continue to grow their businesses. INNOVATE Illinois is funded by Gov. Blagojevich’s Opportunity Returns economic development program. And one of our Chicago downtown I chapter members is among the winners!

2. Women-owned businesses represent the fastest growing segment of the U.S. economy, yet many of them are under-funded and not performing to their full potential. It is not for a lack of vision, stamina or hard work on the part of their owners, who often do not have the support they need to get to the next level. The ATHENAPowerLink program is here to help. The ATHENAPowerLink is a mentoring program that connects a woman business owner with an advisory panel for a 12-month period. And one of our Chicago downtown II chapter members just won the ATHENAPowerLink award for 2007!

Congratulations to both Chicago members! We are very proud of you.

[Due to our member confidentiality policy, we do not mention specific names.]

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