NAWBO Chapter Honors Women Business Owners

Recipients to be honored at Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards Luncheon

The Sedona Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO-Sedona) will honor outstanding women business owners in Sedona and the Verde Valley at the third annual Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards May 18.

The ceremony will take place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hilton Sedona Resort and Spa located at 90 Ridge Trail in the Village of Oak Creek.

Women business owners will be honored in categories including innovation, community service, customer relations and non-profit. Those being honored in each category include:

Innovation

• Stacey Champion, owner/consultant, Champion Indoor Environmental Services, Cottonwood

• Marian Diamond, FNP, owner, Sedona Family Health, Sedona

• Sharon Hooper, Professional Certified Coach, President, Commit To Your Success, LLC, Sedona

Community Service:

• Carla Trujillo, co-owner, Tru-Designs, Sedona

• Linda Goldenstein, president/owner, Goldenstein Gallery, Sedona

• Ellie Bauer, partner, Alcora Marble, sole proprietor, The Studio, Clarkdale

Customer Relations

• Lisa Dahl, owner, Cucina Rustica, Dahl and DeLuca, Sedona

• Carol Haralson, owner, Carol Haralson Design, Sedona

• Vivian Robinson, co-owner, Ace Hardware, Sedona

Non-Profit

• Julie Grady, Founder, Cornucopia Community Advocates, Sedona

Peggy Lanning will be receiving the third annual Visionary Award in recognition of her 35 years of ownership of the Turquoise Tortoise Gallery, 20 years for the Lanning Gallery and the new Turquoise Tortoise Contemporary Gallery.

"All of these women have made remarkable strides, not only for their businesses but also for the community. They are truly an inspiration for other women business owners," said Carla Trujillo, President of the NAWBO chapter and co-owner of Tru-Designs. "They are leaders, innovators, organizers and builders that play a significant part of our economy."

The NAWBO-Sedona chapter also will present their third NAWBO Young Woman Entrepreneur Scholarship, a $500 scholarship to aid a young woman high school senior attending Sedona Red Rock High School in her educational pursuits. This year's recipient is Odette Nazarian, who plans to start her own law firm after completing her studies at Arizona State University and law school. Proceeds from the Awards luncheon provide funding for this scholarship.

The cost for tickets is $30 for NAWBO members, $35 for nonmembers and $325 for a table of 10.

For information and tickets, contact Barbara Litrell at 649-0135 or 300-5839 or blitrell@aol.com.

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