Business growth program, Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence,selected Kim Orlando of TravelingMom.com as one of the four recipientsof the Micro to Millions award during their competition in Trumbull, CTevent on October 11, 2008.

The exciting event featured female entrepreneurs from Connecticut whocompeted for business development packages that include money,marketing, mentoring and assistance to help their businesses grow intomillion-dollar enterprises.  
 
Described as a cross between “The Apprentice” and “American Idol,” thecompetition provided seven finalists the opportunity to present theirbusiness in a 3 minute “elevator pitch” to a panel of business expertsand a live audience of 300 at the Women’s Business Conference.   Fourwinners were chosen by the audience and judges who collaborate on theselection process. 

“It is exciting to be part of an organization whose only objective inworking with me is to see my business succeed,” says Orlando.  “Havingaccess to support from a dream team of coaches and mentors isincredibly valuable as TravelingMom grows.”

More than two hundred women applied for the packages being awarded atthis event.  “We are thrilled by the eagerness of women in the regionto participate in this event,” said Nell Merlino, founder and presidentof Count Me In.  “The number of applicants mirrors the growth of ourentrepreneurs’ businesses and their desire to take them to the milliondollar level.”

The other award recipients are Kathy Caprino of Ellia Communications , Karen Hinds founder of Workplace Success Group and Laura Eiman of Eiman Designs .

Make Mine a Million $ Business and Micro to Millions have garneredsupport from organizations who are all joining hands in order to makean impact in women’s lives and strengthening the US economy. Theimpressive list of blue-chip national sponsors include American ExpressOPEN, Cisco, FedEx, Jet Blue, and Dell. Sponsors provide an array ofproducts and services that serve as invaluable tools for growth.

About Count Me In
Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence is the leading nationalnot-for-profit provider of resources, business education and communitysupport for women entrepreneurs seeking to grow micro businesses tomillion dollar enterprises.  Count Me In launched the Make Mine aMillion $ Business to inspire one million women entrepreneurs scaletheir businesses to a million dollars in revenue by 2010 by providingtools, skills and the support of a nation-wide community of peers.

 

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