In August, I was lucky enough to receive an award from the Women’s Initiative for Self  Employment here in San Francisco for Entrepreneur of the Year. Needless to say I’m pretty excited! I founded my email marketing company VerticalResponse almost 10 years ago and achievements like this make all the hard work worth it.

This award is pretty special to me because this organization’s award recognizes women in business who are mentoring others, leading by example, innovating within their industries and stimulating the local economy. And the Women’s Initiative is pretty amazing. It’s an organization that helps low-income women gain self-sufficiency in running their own businesses by training them over an 11-week course and giving them the tools they really need. These women learn everything from how to start a business to how to market their businesses and sell their products.

For me, to be recognized alongside great San Francisco businesses & women in business like those listed below, is a real treat for me.

Celia Sack, Omnivore Books
Eileen Hassi, Ritual Coffee Roasters
Jennifer Piallat, Zazie Restaurant
Jill Litwin, Peas of Mind
Laura van Galen, Bleu Marketing Solutions
Leigh Rawdon & Emily Meyer, Tea
Lisa Nowell & Kristin Jamieson, Recess – Urban Recreation
Lynn Jurich, SunRun
Mariam Naficy,
Nancy Charraga,

So join the fun on October 12 at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco where we’ll be recognized and we’ll be able to meet some pretty special women who have graduated and have successful businesses today.

When: October 12, 2010, 5:30-8PM
Where: Julia Morgan Ballroom, 465 California St., SF, 94104
Cost: $75.00/ticket

Hope to see you there!

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