Enterprising Women of Excellence Awards 2012


See this year’s winners here.


Table Sponsors $1,500

Half Table Sponsors $750

Patron Sponsors $100

Individual Ticket $85

The National Association of Women Business Owners, Richmond Chapter, will celebrate the accomplishments of local women business owners on Thursday March 22, 2012, at the Omni Hotel in downtown Richmond.  Richmond Magazine’s Champagne Reception and Silent Auction will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner and the program at 7:15 p.m.

The Enterprising Women of Excellence Awards honors these women finalists in 5 categories:

• Altria Rising Star

  • Farah Hottle, Emommie.com
  • Kristi Lane, Visible Proof
  • Margaret Thompson, Richmond Family Magazine

• Hirschler Fleischer Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Beth Bailey, Pediatric Connection
  • Sharon Dabney-Wooldridge, KleaneKare Team, Inc.
  • Debbie Johnston, Care Advantage

• William & Mary Mason School of Business Student Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Connie Henshaw, Urban Outdoors
  • Annie-Ward Love, Love Lines Art
  • Teley Quarshie, My Salon Concept

• Bon Secours Health Care Community Leader

  • Dr. Yolonda O. Benjamin, Mentorship: Operation Change
  • Kristen Lessig, Sportable
  • Martha Rollins, Boaz & Ruth

• The Pediatric Connection NAWBO Member of the Year

  • Cara Dickens, Rocket Pop Media
  • Kelli Meadows, Meadows Urquhart Acree & Cook, LLP
  • Colleen Quinn, Locke Partin DeBoer & Quinn

Check out last year’s honorees here.

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Meg Hirshberg

We are excited to announce Meg Hirshberg as this years Enterprising Women of Excellence Awards’ keynote speaker, sponsored by Wells Fargo.

Hirshberg works as a freelance writer and contributing editor at Inc. Magazine. Her column, titled Balancing Acts, covers the impact of entrepreneurial businesses on families and marriages.

Hirshberg just released her book For Better or for Work: A Survival Guide for Entrepreneurs and Their Families; a guide vital to navigating the emotional and logistical terrain of business-building while simultaneously enjoying a fulfilling family life.

As the wife of an entrepreneur (her husband, Gary, is the President and CEO of Stonyfield Farm and Stonyfield Yogurt), Hirshberg offers firsthand insight and advice on how to survive the rocky road that is starting your own business. She describes how she and Gary dodged a bullet by actually starting a business that became profitable. In a large amount of cases, businesses fail and take marriages down with them.

She addresses topics such as handling family businesses, living with an entrepreneurial-driven spouse, how to build a business that is also good for your marriage, and how to handle unexpected roadblocks (like a child getting sick) in her column at Inc. Magazine.

Aside from her column and multiple books under her belt, Hirshberg travels the country speaking to different groups about balancing work and life issues. Past audiences have included the Women’s Business Center and the VCU School of Business.

Testimonials of Hirshberg’s speaking abilities can be found on her website.


Many thanks to our 2012 sponsors…


Check out last year’s Enterprising Women of Excellence Awards Dinner.

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  1. […] pleased that Beth Bailey, co-owner of The Pediatric Connection, was recognized last night at the National Association of Women Business Owners meeting in Richmond as Entrepreneur of the Year. We have been privileged to serve as the firm’s legal team since the beginning. In fact, Beth […]

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