Mon, Jan. 27

NAWBO to honor local businesswomen
Recipients to be awarded at luncheon

The Sedona, Verde Valley 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 fourth annual Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards on Thursday, May 17, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Sedona Hilton Resort & Spa, 90 Ridge Trail in the Village of Oak Creek.

Kate Blevins, executive director and co-founder of Sedona Recycles, Inc. will be receiving the fourth annual Visionary Award in recognition of her impact on recycling efforts in all segments of the community since starting Sedona Recycles in 1989.

Blevins has been honored as the Employer of the Year from both Rainbow Acres and Y.E.S. the ARC. Sedona Recycles employs 40 part time developmentally disabled adults from the two organizations.

Others being honored include:


Cheryl Fleet, owner, Canyon Calling Adventures for Women, Sedona

Lori Rubenstein, owner/author, Dare to Transcend, Cottonwood

Barbara Trombley, owner, Art Institute Glitter Inc., Cottonwood

Customer Relations

Phyllis Cline, co-owner, Heartline Café, Sedona

Katie Holborow, owner/realtor, Real Estate 101, Sedona

Patricia Wheat, owner, About Face, Sedona

Community Service

Gladys Bridgewater, owner, Fashion Crossroads, Cottonwood

Nadia Caillou, co-owner, Golden Bone, Camp Verde

Danielle Claire, owner/director, Dancespirit, Sedona


Mary Guaraldi, founder/producing artistic director, Canyon Moon Theatre, Sedona

"These women that have made remarkable strides, not only for their businesses but also for the community," said Sharon Hooper, President of NAWBO Sedona, Verde Valley and President of Vision Journeys. "They are leaders, innovators, organizers and builders that play a significant role in our economy."

The NAWBO Sedona, Verde Valley chapter also will present their fourth NAWBO Young Woman Entrepreneur Scholarship of $500 this year to not one, but three young women high school seniors attending Sedona Red Rock High School, Camp Verde High School and Cottonwood Mingus High School. The scholarships will aid the young women in their educational pursuits.

The cost for tickets is $30 for NAWBO members, $35 for nonmembers and $325 for a table of 10. For information and tickets, contact Pam Bayles at 282-5636, or Shelley Williams at 204-6474,

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