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03/31/2004 - Triangle Women Receive Star Awards

Within the one hundred thirty-five technology companies which reside in the Terabyte Triangle, there is a large pool of talent, innovation, and energy. Four of the Terabyte Triangle's women business owners were honored at the Inland Northwest Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners annual Community Stars Awards Breakfast. They were honored for their outstanding community contributions --- for being "Community Stars."

Although a minority of Terabyte Triangle technology businesses are owned by women, women represent the fastest growing segment in small business. National statistics compiled by the Center for Women's Business Research show that women-owned businesses continue to grow at twice the rate of all United States firms. Their findings show that:
10.1 million firms are at least 50% owned by a woman or women.
Forty-six percent (46%), nearly half, of all businesses are at least 50% owned by a woman or women. Up from 38 % one year ago.
More than 18 million workers are employed by a woman business owner.
Women entrepreneurs generate nearly $2.3 trillion in revenues to the U.S. economy.
The nation's "hot spots" for women's entrepreneurship are clustered in the western United States. Idaho and Wyoming tied for first place followed by Utah, Nevada and Arizona as the top five states in the nation for growth and expansion in women-owned businesses.

As of 2002 in Washington, there are an estimated 146,528 majority-owned, privately-held women-owned firms, accounting for 32% of all privately-held firms in the state. Women-owned firms in Washington employ nearly 198,000 people and generate over $23.3 billion in sales. The number of these firms grew by 56% from 1997 to 2002 --- three times the growth rate of all employer firms in Washington.

The Terabyte Triangle women business owner "Stars" were for
Pioneer, Jeannine Marx
Team Builder, Karen Michaelson
Bridge Builder, Coralie Myers
Rookie of the Year, Carol Bjork
Jeannine Marx is owner of JM Recruiting and is also president of Technet and Technet's Women of Innovation series. Through the latter program, Marx is mentoring young women and encouraging them to reach out, and to have the confidence to achieve their potential in any field. Marx has brought world-class speakers to Spokane for both Technet and Women of Innovation. She has helped develop Spokane's high-tech businesses into a cohesive group, and provided recognition and opportunities through Technet.

Karen Michaelson owns Karen L Michaelson & Associates and is Director of The Inland Northwest Community Assess Network (TINCAN). Michaelson has received federal grants in excess of $800,000 for TINCAN youth outreach projects. The grants were from the Department of Commerce, Technology Opportunities Program (TOP) which awarded $499,070 over a 3-year period, and the Department of Education, Community Technology Center (CTC) which awarded $308,000 in a 1-year grant. Both grants target "at risk" teenagers. The TOP grant is a "creativity grant" according to Michaelson. The teenagers taking part in this program will use technology to create a virtual teen center. The CTC grant is to help in teaching basic skills, and teenagers in 9th and 10th grades are the target audience. Michaelson calls it "stealth learning." http://www.terabytetriangle.com/index.php/id=5&article_ID=160

Coralie Myers is Director of Spokane's Business Information Center (BIC) and is also with the Small Business Administration (SBA). Since, the 1980's Myers has championed all entrepreneurs on an individual basis. She established Small Business Month, held each May, to increase the awareness of opportunities for entrepreneurs. The exponential growth of communication, cooperation, collaboration, and celebration that happens during small business month results in relationships that continue to provide business support all year. http://www.terabytetriangle.com/index.php/id=5&article_ID=4

Carol Bjork owns HeyCats! Web Solutions and is Web master and treasurer for the Inland Northwest Chapter of NAWBO. Bjork is the "Alpha Cat" and the engineer that creates Web sites and their administrative back ends --- she makes "your web site roar and your visitors purr." Bjork's clients cite her strengths as being an exceptional project manager, and having the ability to communicate complex processes and interpret technical jargon so that the non-technical client understands. http://www.terabytetriangle.com/index.php/id=5&article_ID=152

A fifth award, Unsung Hero, was received by Vicki Dar. Dar is owner of Eagle Publishing which publishes Northwest Woman Magazine. Published six times a year, "Northwest Woman" is the only magazine designed by and directed to Northwest women. Northwest Woman headquarters is just outside of the Terabyte Triangle on east Indiana Avenue.

Billie Moreland
 
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