NFIB Celebrates Success of Women in Small Business, Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- NFIB, the leading small business association, is offering prizes including cash and technology to women and supporting breast cancer awareness throughout the month of October to celebrate the success of women business owners across America.

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"Thousands of women entrepreneurs are members of NFIB," said Mark Garzone, NFIB Senior VP of Marketing. "By sponsoring the 'PowHER to Achieve' celebration, we want to recognize their success, encourage other business owners to join NFIB and give them a chance to win great prizes that can be put to work in their businesses."

Throughout the month, participants can register for weekly prizes at

In addition, NFIB will make a donation to breast cancer awareness for every new woman business owner who joins the association through the PowHER to Achieve campaign.

NFIB members have exclusive access to vital business resources and member benefits on shipping, financial services, maintenance supplies, insurance and more. NFIB also advocates for small business in Washington, DC and in every state capital.

There are 7.8 million women‐owned businesses in the US, generating $1.2 trillion in receipts. Nearly 90 percent of these are small businesses.

Robin Parker, President and CEO of Kaleidoscope Adventures in Orlando, FL, knows that small business is the engine that powers the economy.

"Small businesses, like Kaleidoscope Adventures, are vital to the growth of the economy," Parker said.

Isabelle Gernatt Schmitt is the owner of the Quilt Farm in Boston, NY, and has been an NFIB member since 1989.

"I started to quilt with my sisters after my husband passed away. Once my kids were back in school, I realized I needed to spend my time doing something I loved," Schmitt said. "So I returned to school myself and learned everything I could about starting your own business, including the benefits of joining NFIB. I opened the Quilt Farm in 1989 and I've been a member of NFIB for all 23 years."

June Lennon of Landrum, SC, has started two successful businesses. As an owner of an accounting firm, Lennon started a second business raising thoroughbreds.

"I'm an entrepreneur at heart, and I believe that anything can be made into a successful business," Lennon said. "The key is to not delegate understanding your business to anyone else. Make sure that you are continually increasing your knowledge and surround yourself with trusted advisors. "

About NFIB

NFIB is the nation's leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C., and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small and independent business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB's powerful network of grassroots activists send their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through a unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America's free enterprise system. NFIB's mission is to promote and protect the right of members to own, operate and grow their businesses. For more information visit NFIB online.