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The Frederick County Chamber of Commerce hosted an incredible S.H.E. Week during August 22-26, with the announcement and recognition of the 2022 S.H.E. Pitch competition winners and this year’s SHEROs.

S.H.E. Pitch, now in its second year, is a pitch competition for female entrepreneurs designed to give businesses both in the “idea stage” and “growth stage” cash prizes, non-monetary prizes, publicity, networking opportunities, and more. As a partner, and the sponsor of the inaugural “She’s Rising” Award, MWBC is thrilled to announce and celebrate the finalists in this year’s S.H.E. Pitch competition! These passionate women business owners competed in front of a panel of judges and live audience on August 24th as part of the S.H.E. Week celebration.

Congratulations to this year’s S.H.E. Pitch competition winners:

Growth Stage Winner: JoNa’s Exterior Design

JoNa’s Exterior Design offers all-weather, luxury poly outdoor furniture to residential and commercial customers in and around the state of Maryland.


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Idea Stage Winner: SHIFT Work + Play

SHIFT Work + Play will be Frederick’s first family-friendly coworking community, providing a modern workspace, supervised playroom and family-oriented amenities to telecommuters and small business owners with kids.


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MWBC She’s Rising Award: Dream Free Art

Dream Free Art LLC provides a welcoming and inviting art environment brimming with artistic experiences for all creative capabilities from those with who believe they don’t have the ability to be creative to experienced Makers and artists.


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People’s Choice Award: SL Studio

SL Studio provides a coworking office with healthy lifestyle amenities. The Studio has a wellness culture designed for remote workers, health-conscious millennials, and personal trainers.


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The SHERO Awards celebrate and shine a light on women who are triumphing over adversity, demonstrating extraordinary care for others or leading change in the Frederick County community. The SHERO Awards are divided into three categories – strength, heart and equality and are nominated by members of the Frederick community. 

Presenting the 2022 SHEROs:

  • STRENGTH: Jill Krisnitsky
  • HEART: Julia Ferguson
  • HEART: Marlene Young
  • EQUALITY: Jessica Aiello
  • EQUALITY: Natasha Bowens Blair
  • EQUALITY: Scott Lasher