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
"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
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,
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