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October 17, 2017                                                                                                    Jacqueline Lara, MWBC

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Maryland Women’s Business Center Hosts Second Awards Luncheon

 Celebrating Local Business Community

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings of Global Policy Solutions Delivered Keynote; Awards Recipients Announced

Rockville, MD, October 17, 2017 – Today, the Maryland Women’s Business Center (MWBC) held their second Awards Luncheon at Lakewood Country Club to recognize women entrepreneurs who have persevered to achieve success, while thanking sponsors and volunteers who support their work. HSBC was the exclusive platinum sponsor and TEDCO, FSC First, and Pinnacle Talent Acquisition were bronze sponsors. Women’s Business Report and Allegra were in-kind sponsors. Table sponsors included Shulman Rogers, Westat, Woodard & Associates, FEDMINE.US, Independence Bank, Leuterio Thomas, LLC, and D2, LLC.

This year’s Women Entrepreneur of the Year was awarded to Dawn Taylor, President & CEO of Pinnacle Talent Acquisition. Minority Woman Business of the Year was awarded to Hedy L. Thomas, President/Structural Engineer of Leuterio Thomas, LLC | Architects & Engineers. The Woman Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year was awarded to Keshia Dempsey, Founder of Trinity Empowerment, LLC. Innovator of the Year was awarded to Carolyn Yarina, CEO and Co-Founder of Sisu Global Health, MWBC Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Joan F. Teich, Attorney and Founder of The Teich Law Firm, LLC, and MWBC Corporate Partner of the Year was awarded to Nancy Regelin, Attorney-at-Law at Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker.

“The MWBC applauds the phenomenal women entrepreneurs in Maryland that are having a significant impact on their community. It wouldn’t be possible without the collective participation from our business counselors, clients, volunteers, partners and sponsors who believe in the power of women entrepreneurship,” said Managing Director of the MWBC, Kiesha Haughton.

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, President and CEO of Global Policy Solutions, LLC, a social change strategy firm, delivered a powerful keynote about the challenges women entrepreneurs face and what can be done to build pathways for sustainable women-owned businesses.

“We congratulate the winners, and know the MWBC will continue offering a variety of business support tools to help women entrepreneurs remain competitive and achieve their goals,” said Laurie Boyer, Executive Director of REDI.


About Maryland Women’s Business Center

Maryland Women’s Business Center (MWBC) was established in 2010 as a program of the nonprofit Rockville Economic Development, Inc. (REDI) to help people throughout the region start and build successful women-owned enterprises that are positioned for long-term growth. MWBC conducts specialized training, offers individual business counseling, and provides unique resources.  Our special initiatives include a Childcare Business Development Program and StartRight! Women’s Business Plan Competition.  Stay connected on FacebookInstagram , LinkedIn, and Twitter.

About Rockville Economic Development, Inc.

Rockville Economic Development, Inc. (REDI) is a public-private partnership formed in 1997 by the City of Rockville, Maryland to strengthen and broaden the city’s economic base through business entrepreneurship, expansion, retention, and recruitment programs. REDI offers guidance and support to help businesses at all stages of growth launch, locate and expand in Rockville.  For more information, contact 301-315-8096 or visit