NAWBO honors 'Shining Star' women entrepreneurs

Award recipients from the 2016 Shining Stars are, left to right, front row, Lezah Richardson, Young Woman Entrepreneur Scholarship; Linda Goldenstein, Goldenstein Gallery, Trailblazer Award; Pat Foster, The Welcomers, Non-Profit Award; back row, Janice Dahl, Great Story!, Mary Schnack Spirit of NAWBO Sisterhood Award; Danette Wolpert, ILLUMINATE Film Festival, Visionary Award; Sandy Brandvold, SedonaKind, Humanitarian Award; Linda Haggard, Sedona Integrative Medical Clinic & Sedona MediSpa; and Kathy Cox, Your Team at Remax, Community Involvement.

Award recipients from the 2016 Shining Stars are, left to right, front row, Lezah Richardson, Young Woman Entrepreneur Scholarship; Linda Goldenstein, Goldenstein Gallery, Trailblazer Award; Pat Foster, The Welcomers, Non-Profit Award; back row, Janice Dahl, Great Story!, Mary Schnack Spirit of NAWBO Sisterhood Award; Danette Wolpert, ILLUMINATE Film Festival, Visionary Award; Sandy Brandvold, SedonaKind, Humanitarian Award; Linda Haggard, Sedona Integrative Medical Clinic & Sedona MediSpa; and Kathy Cox, Your Team at Remax, Community Involvement.

SEDONA - NAWBO Sedona-Verde Valley Chapter hosted the 13th annual "Shining Stars - A Celebration of Entrepreneurial Excellence" in May.

This charity luncheon supports the organization's scholarship and recognizes women business owners of the Verde Valley for their entrepreneurial talents in a variety of categories. The event is highlighted with the "Visionary Award" bestowed on one nominee selected from 25 nominees from throughout the Verde Valley in all categories.

This year's "Visionary Award" recipient was to Danette Wolpert, Founder/Executive Director, ILLUMINATE Film LLC for her dream to build an enterprise that enlighten others through the film medium to create a better world.

All the nominees are truly "Shining Stars" in our community and are recognized for their nomination. "Each year the selection process gets tougher and tougher," commented Janice Dahl, Past-President and Shining Stars Committee Co-Chair, "all of these women are extraordinary and determining a winner from each category is an onerous task for the committee."

The organization also named the following winners from a group of 25 nominees who received a total of 42 nominations in these categories:

• Trailblazer - "A business owner with an innovative business idea and found an original way to enter the marketplace. " - Linda Goldenstein, Owner, Goldenstein Gallery.

• Customer Service - "Known for outstanding customer service and ongoing customer relations." Linda Haggard, Owner, Sedona Integrative Medical Clinic & Sedona MediSpa.

• Non-Profit - "A woman who founded and successfully leads a non-profit organization." - Pat Foster, Chairman/Director, Sedona Welcomers.

• Community Involvement - "Exemplifying community involvement through philanthropy, supporting and strengthening our community." - Kathy Cox, Owner/Realtor, Your Team at Remax.

• Humanitarian - "Promotes human welfare; social reform working towards advancing the well being of humanity." - Sandy Brandvold of Sedona Kind.

NAWBO also presented the Mary Schnack Spirit of NAWBO Sisterhood Award for "business and leadership skills, building relationships, and collaboration" to Janice Dahl of Great Story!; an awarded its $1,500 Young Woman Entrepreneur Scholarship to Lezah Richardson, a senior from Sedona Red Rock High School.

The Shining Stars event was sponsored by Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, Goldenstein Gallery, and Dahl Restaurant Group, including Cucina Rustica Rustic Tuscan Kitchen, Dahl & Di Luca Ristorante Italiano, Pisa Lisa Authentic Wood-Fired Pizzeria, and Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill, and Country Financial.

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