WASHINGTON, Dec. 18, 2014 — Fourteen exemplary women business leaders will receive the nation’s premier award for excellence among Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs)

bestowed by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) at its Salute to Women’s Business Enterprises gala on March 19, 2015.

The event concludes WBENC’s annual Summit & Salute convening more than 1,500 corporate and government executives, WBEs and members of WBENC’s Regional Partner Organizations (RPOs) at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront.

“WBENC’s 14 WBE Stars are exceptional leaders who are forging new ways to deliver value to their customers and their communities,” said Pamela Prince-Eason, President and CEO of WBENC, the nation’s leader in women’s business development. “They illustrate the powerful contributions that women’s businesses make to the economic growth of this nation.”

The 2015 WBENC WBE Stars are selected by WBENC’s 14 RPOs, which process WBENC’s world-class certification of WBEs, in addition to providing skills- and business-building programs in their respective regions.

Inspired by WBENC’s theme “Join Forces. Succeed Together.” the Summit & Salute is designed to drive business development and collaborative success among WBENC’s Corporate and Government Members and WBEs. Sponsored by Accenture and EY, the two-day event provides vital access to the thought leaders, business intelligence and senior-level networking opportunities that enable sustainable growth for WBEs.

WBENC is presenting a robust suite of workshops on key industry specific topics for WBE business growth featuring executives from WBENC’s America’s Top Corporations for 2014. Additionally 1:1 MatchMaker Meeting opportunities and roundtable Meet & Greet are available during the Procurement Opportunity Connection for WBENC-Certified WBEs.

The following are the 2015 WBENC Women’s Business Enterprise Stars, along with the RPOs they each represent:

Imelda Alejandrino, CEO

AP42, Inc.

Astra Women’s Business Alliance


Alison Chung, President

ALC TeamWerks, Inc.

Women’s Business Development Center-Chicago


Julie Garcia, Ph.D., President

Action Service Corporation

Women’s Business Development Council of Florida


Angelica Garcia-Dunn, President

AIM Over-The-Road, LLC

Women’s Business Enterprise Alliance


Janie Goldberg, President

OmniSource Marketing Group, Inc.

Women’s Business Enterprise Council- Great Lakes


Vivian Isaak, President

Magnum Group, Inc.

Women’s Business Enterprise Council PA-DE-sNJ


Kelly Kolar, Principal

Kolar Design Inc.

Ohio River Valley Women’s Business Council


Teresa Lawrence, President

Delta Personnel, Inc.

Women’s Business Enterprise Council South


Lily Otieno, CEO

Infinity Business Solutions

Women’s Business Enterprise Council- West


Rachel Sanchez, CEO

Prestige Maintenance USA, Ltd

Women’s Business Council- Southwest


Hallie Satz, CEO

HighRoad Press, LLC

Women Presidents’ Educational Organization – NY


Jacqueline Smith, President

New Kent Coatings, Inc.

Women Presidents’ Educational Organization – DC


Elizabeth Tucker, Founder

KNF&T Staffing Resources Inc.

Center for Women & Enterprise


Kittie Watson, Ph.D., President

Innolect Inc.

Greater Women’s Business Council


Founded in 1997, WBENC is the leading third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women, with nearly 13,000 WBENC-Certified WBEs. WBENC-Certification is accepted by more than 1,000 corporations representing America’s most prestigious brands, in addition to many states, cities and other entities. www.wbenc.org