Governor Rendell Announces Winners of Annual Best 50 Women in Business Affirms Commitment to Help Women- and Minority-Owned Businesses







    HARRISBURG, Pa., March 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- CEOs,
 partners-in-charge, and senior vice presidents are among the winners of the
 2008 Best 50 Women in Business Award, Governor Edward G. Rendell said
 today.
 
 
 
     "Once again this year, choosing just 50 women out of all the worthy
 nominees we received wasn't easy," Governor Rendell said. "Whether it's the
 founder of a professional development firm, or the partner in charge of a
 global firm, or the president of a bakery, all of the winners have one
 thing in common - they're all hard-working people who are making
 Pennsylvania a better place to live, work, and play."
 
 
 
     An independent panel of judges selected the top 50 candidates based on
 their dedication to business growth, professional and personal
 accomplishments, community involvement, and advocacy for women in business.
 Recipients must also be a female resident of Pennsylvania, be employed in
 the state as an owner, partner, president, chief executive officer, board
 chair, in a senior executive management-level position, or a woman with
 significant authority in decision-making in a business or company.
 
 
 
     Honorees will be invited to several events on May 19, including an
 evening reception at the Whitaker Center in Harrisburg. Winners will be
 highlighted in special supplements in several business journals throughout
 the commonwealth.
 
 
 
     The Governor noted that as the nation's economy appears to be
 faltering, his administration continues to develop ways to help
 Pennsylvania's businesses weather any downturn and thrive.
 
 
 
     Earlier this month, he launched the Pennsylvania Business Opportunities
 Fund, a $2 million pilot program designed to provide loans and technical
 assistance to minority- and women-owned businesses in 13 counties across
 Pennsylvania. The program is open to businesses in the Community First
 Fund's service area. Based on this pilot, similar funds may be available
 statewide in the future.
 
 
 
     "The Business Opportunities Fund will help entrepreneurs who are
 sometimes shut out of traditional lending programs," the Governor said.
 
 
 
     For additional information on the Best 50 Women in Business, the
 Pennsylvania Business Opportunities Fund, or other funding sources
 available to businesses through DCED, visit www.newPA.com or call
 1-866-466-3972.
 
 
 
     The Rendell administration is committed to creating a first-rate public
 education system, protecting our most vulnerable citizens and continuing
 economic investment to support our communities and businesses. To find out
 more about Governor Rendell's initiatives and to sign up for his weekly
 newsletter, visit www.governor.state.pa.us.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     EDITOR'S NOTE: A list of the 2008 award winners follows:
 
 
 
     Allegheny County
 
     Audrey L. Brourman, founder, owner and president, A.L. Brourman
 Associates Inc., Pittsburgh
 
     Laura E. Ellsworth, partner-in-charge, Jones Day, Pittsburgh
 
     Diane P. Holder, executive vice president, University of Pittsburgh
 Medical Center, Pittsburgh
 
     Linda Ruckert, owner, Linda's Imprinted Products, Pittsburgh
 
     Sharon Scheidemantle, broker of record, Achieve Realty Inc., Wexford
 
     Sandy E. Simon, owner and artist, Kiln-in-Time Studios, Pittsburgh
 
 
 
     Berks County
 
     Deborah A. Kintzer, senior vice president, Westlawn Graphics, Reading
 
     Anne L. Stevens, chairman, president and CEO, Carpenter Technology
 Corporation, Reading
 
 
 
     Blair County
 
     Bonnie Lee Hand, president, Blair Insurance Services Inc., Altoona
 
     Amy B. Seltzer, owner, Seltzer Financial Strategies LLC, Altoona
 
 
 
     Bucks County
 
     Ramila Philip, Ph.D., Immunotope Inc., Doylestown
 
     Gina F. Rubel, esquire, Furia Rubel Communications Inc., Doylestown
 
     Donna E. Teitelman, president, Impact Executive Consulting LLC,
 Richboro
 
 
 
     Butler County
 
     Victoria A. Hinterberger, CEO, Butler County Radio Network Inc., Butler
 
     Ann F. Morrison, senior vice president, Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania,
 Butler
 
 
 
     Centre County
 
     Jessica Dolan, owner, Room to Breathe Home and Office Organizing,
 Bellefonte
 
 
 
     Chester County
 
     Kimberly J. Brumbaugh, president, Brumbaugh Wealth Management Group,
 Glenmoore
 
     Bronwyn L. Martin, financial advisor, Amerprise Financial Service Inc.,
 Kennett Square
 
 
 
     Cumberland County
 
     Tammy L. Shearer, vice president, Shearer Enterprises d/b/a The Camera
 Box, Camp Hill
 
 
 
     Dauphin County
 
     Linda Harvey-Burkley, principal, Ardis Communications, Harrisburg
 
     Rhonda R. Hess, president and CEO, Rhonda Hess Associates LLC, Hershey
 
     Janice L. Holsinger, owner, founder, and chairperson, U-GRO Learning
 Centres Inc., Harrisburg
 
     Deborah Saline, principal and COO, PR Works Inc., Harrisburg
 
 
 
     Delaware County
 
     Mildred E. Bell, president and CEO, Skin Health Solutions, Edgemont
 
     Mary L. Catona, president and CEO, Retriever Waste Management, Media
 
     Marlene Weinberg, owner and operator, McDonalds, Villanova
 
 
 
     Erie County
 
     Misty O'Connor, founder, owner and president, Point Click Learn Inc.,
 McKean
 
 
 
     Lackawanna County
 
     Sunita Arora, president and owner, ERA One Source Realty, Clarks Summit
 
 
 
     Lancaster County
 
     Marilyn Hedge, vice president, Susquehanna Bank, Lancaster
 
     Sarah Young Fisher, president, Kuntz Lesher Capital LLC, Lancaster
 
 
 
     Lebanon County
 
     Anna Lynn Skamangas, president, The Baklava Goddess Inc.,
 Schaefferstown
 
 
 
     Montgomery County
 
     Janet B. Cunningham, president and CEO, JBC Associates Inc., King of
 Prussia
 
     Patricia H. Imbesi, founder and president, Patriarch Management, North
 Wales
 
     Patricia J. Owens, chief strategy officer, Decision Strategies
 International, Conshocken
 
     Ilyse Shapiro, founder, MyPartTimePRO.com, Wynnewood
 
     Bonnie Squires, president, Squires Consulting, Wynnewood
 
 
 
     Philadelphia County
 
     Autumn Bayles, senior vice president, Tasty Baking Company,
 Philadelphia
 
     Leslie Esdaile Banks, author and entrepreneur, Leslie Esdaile Banks
 LLC, Philadelphia
 
     Deborah M. Fretz, president and CEO, Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P.,
 Philadelphia
 
     Iola Harper, president, In Good Company LLC, Philadelphia
 
     Vernoca L. Michael, CEO and president, The Legendary Blue Horizon,
 Philadelphia
 
     Keirra Strayhorn White, owner, Copper Desserts LLC, Philadelphia
 
     Kimberly R. Williams, principal, KlingStubbins, Philadelphia
 
 
 
     Pike County
 
     Ellen Cabaniss Bawc, owner and president, La Tienda Inc., Milford
 
 
 
     Union County
 
     Erica L. Shames, editor and publisher, Susquehanna Life Magazine,
 Lewisburg
 
 
 
     Washington County
 
     Sherri Hewitt-Laird, president and CEO, The Caring Mission Inc.,
 Washington
 
 
 
     Westmoreland County
 
     Carol Boerio Croft, owner and CCO, Cozy Inn Pet Resort, Stahlstown
 
     Candy D. Valentino, founder and owner, Platinum Salon and Spa,
 Greensburg
 
 
 
     York County
 
     Lynne Grote Briel, president and founder, The Professional Edge, York
 
     Anne E. Zerbe, attorney, CGA Law Firm, York
 
 
 
     CONTACT:
 
     Teresa Candori
 
     717-783-1116
 
 
 
     Janel Miller (DCED)
 
     717-783-1132
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor

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