RALEIGH, N.C., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- When Count Me In was looking for a dynamic leader to spearhead their Make Mine a Million $ Business(TM) program for the state of North Carolina, they didn't have to look very long. Who better to lead the charge than nationally-recognized expert on women business owners Mary Cantando? Cantando focuses exclusively on helping women grow their businesses. As an entrepreneurial executive, she has founded, led and expanded businesses for over 20 years. A speaker at regional, national, and international events, Mary has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, O, The Oprah Magazine, and PINK Magazine, as well as NPR TV and radio. Over the years, Cantando has helped women far and wide to start and grow successful businesses. As an Envoy of the U.S. State Department, she has even assisted women in developing nations. Her mission this time will be to uncover the next crop of promising North Carolina women entrepreneurs and to provide a one of a kind business growth experience for all who attend the Make Mine a Million $ Business(TM) event to be held in Charlotte this fall. "There are more than 10 million women-owned businesses in America," says Cantando. "But less than 3% of them make more than $1 million in revenue every year. I want to reach out further than ever before to help women move their businesses to the next level." Many of Mary's ground-breaking ideas are featured in her newest book The Woman's Advantage: 20 Women Entrepreneurs Show You What it Takes to Grow Your Business published by Kaplan Publishing. The amazing success of her latest book drove the development of the innovative Woman's Advantage Page-a-Day Calendar, which provides daily snippets of advice from women entrepreneurs across the country. As Local Statewide Coordinator, Cantando will do the heavy lifting in bringing the Make Mine a Million $ Business(TM) event to North Carolina. Women with businesses that are at least two years old and at $250,000 or more in revenue are encouraged to complete an online application by September 3, 2008 at www.makemineamillion.org. Award nominees will be selected from applicants statewide and asked to deliver a business pitch to women entrepreneurs, judges and guests at the November conference to be held in Charlotte, North Carolina. Winners will be chosen at the event by judges and the audience. Throughout the Make Mine a Million $ Business(TM) event, attendees will have access to inspirational and educational programming. About Mary Cantando Mary Cantando is a nationally recognized expert on women business owners. She is a Trustee of the Women's Alliance, serves as the "Business Growth Advisor" for Women Entrepreneurs, Inc., sits on the National Women's Forum, and is certified by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council. She is the author of numerous books, articles and publications on the subject of helping women grow their businesses. As a member of the National Speakers' Association, Cantando speaks to women who want to grow their businesses, as well as corporations seeking to attract the lucrative, fast-growth market of women business owners. About Make Mine A Million $ Business(TM) Make Mine a Million $ Business(TM) is the only national program dedicated to raising the awareness of the growth challenges facing post-start-up, women- owned businesses. In doing so, the Make Mine a Million $ Business(TM) program is leading a powerful grassroots movement that is galvanizing a community of women entrepreneurs from across the country and providing them with the resources and support to build thriving businesses and fuel the economy. Each Make Mine a Million $ Business(TM) awards package provides a combination of money, mentoring, marketing and technology tools that women business owners need to help grow their companies. For more information, visit www.makemineamillion.org. About Count Me In Count Me In for Women's Economic Independence is the leading national not- for-profit provider of business education and resources for women to grow their micro businesses to $million enterprises. For more information, visit www.countmein.org.
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