Women take business spotlight

Agapi Stassinopoulos, author of "Conversations with the Goddesses," will be the keynote speaker at the Sedona Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners First Annual Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards luncheon.

Outstanding women business owners in the Verde Valley will be honored on May 11 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hilton Sedona Resort and Spa, 90 Ridge Trail in the Village of Oak Creek.

Stassinopoulos is an award-winning author, performer and speaker who brings the Greek goddesses into modern life and reveals what their myths say about operating as a woman in the world today.

"Through her dramatic portrayal of these heroines, Stassinopoulos brings these goddesses to life and shows how they can guide and enlighten us by bridging the ancient and modern worlds," said Abbie Denton, president of NAWBO-Sedona and owner of Baskets and Such and Denton Accounting.

Mary Garland will be receiving the first annual Visionary Award in recognition of her 32 years of ownership of Garland's Oak Creek Lodge. Other women business owners in the Verde Valley being honored at the luncheon include: Wendy Lippman, a managing partner and general manager at Tlaqueplaque; Rebecca O'Banion, owner, Zonies Galleria in Sedona.

Diane Doster, founder, CancerFit will be honored as well as Joan Bourque, founder, Art Connections, and Dolores Puchi, co-owner, Village Ace Hardware.

Cottonwood's Light Heart Foundation founder Beth Carrigan and Mary Ryan Wills, owner, Nelly Bly, Jerome, will both be recognized. Sue Alexander, owner, Earthsongs, Carol Abrahamson, founder and president, Extraordinary Homes, Lynda Christopher, founder, God's Power and Mary Schnack, President, Mary Schnack Media Services will all be on the list of honorees.

Sedona Mayor Dick Ellis is scheduled to address the participants, and Small Business Association Arizona District Director Robert Blaney will be in attendance to honor the award winners.

In addition, the NAWBO-Sedona chapter will be announcing the winner of its first NAWBO Young Woman Entrepreneur Scholarship. The $500 scholarship will aid a young woman high school senior attending Sedona Red Rock High School in her educational pursuits. Proceeds from the Awards luncheon have provided funding for this scholarship.

The cost for tickets is $30 for NAWBO members, $35 for nonmembers and $250 for a table of eight. To reserve a table, contact Barbara Litrell at (928) 649-0135 or (928) 300-5839 or blitrell@aol.com.

The mission of the Sedona Chapter of NAWBO is to promote the excellence of their members, thereby strengthening their businesses and the vitality of the Northern Arizona economy; connect independent, vibrant business owners locally, regionally, nationally and globally; stimulate their members' business potential through education, training and mentoring.

NAWBO is the only dues-based national organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs in all types of businesses. The organization currently has almost 7,000 members in more than 90 chapters nationwide.

It is affiliated with Les Femmes Chefs d'Entreprises Mondiales (World Association of Women Entrepreneurs) in 33 countries.

For more information about NAWBO Sedona, please contact Denton at (928) 204-9420 or baskets@esedona.net.

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