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Governor Rendell Honors PA's Best 50 Women in Business

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Edward G. Rendell congratulated this year's Best 50 Women in Business tonight and said their varied accomplishments reflect of the state's economic growth and diversity.

"Among the dynamic women chosen for this prestigious honor are leaders of advanced manufacturing firms, biotechnology companies, real estate firms, entertainment venues and health care providers," Governor Rendell said. "It shows how varied and talented the commonwealth's professional landscape has become."

Best 50 Women in Business winners were chosen by an independent panel of judges based on their dedication to business growth, professional and personal accomplishments, community involvement, and advocacy for women in business. Recipients must be a female resident of Pennsylvania or employed here in a senior executive management level position.

Starting next month, winners will be profiled on the Department of Community and Economic Development's Web site, http://www.newpa.com, with new biographies and pictures appearing each month until next year's ceremony.

"Your achievements are opening doors - for yourself, your colleagues and your neighbors," DCED Deputy Secretary for Business Assistance Dee Kaplan said at tonight's ceremony honoring the recipients. "Pennsylvania is becoming a better place to live, work and play because of your dedication and commitment."

To help female entrepreneurs move further up the road to success, the Rendell administration recently launched the Pennsylvania Business Opportunity Fund. The $2 million pilot program, launched earlier this spring, offers financial and technical assistance to women and minority-owned businesses in 13 counties in southeastern and south central PA. Based on its success, the program may expand to other parts of the state.

For additional information on the Best 50 Women in Business, Pennsylvania Business Opportunities Fund and other business assistance programs available through DCED, visit http://www.newPA.com or call 1-866-466-3972.

The Rendell administration is committed to creating a first-rate public education system, protecting our most vulnerable citizens and continuing economic investment to support our communities and businesses. To find out more about Governor Rendell's initiatives and to sign up for his weekly newsletter, visit http://www.governor.state.pa.us.

EDITOR'S NOTE: A list of the 2008 award winners follows:

Allegheny County

Audrey L. Brourman, founder, owner and president, A.L. Brourman Associates Inc., Pittsburgh

Laura E. Ellsworth, partner-in-charge, Jones Day, Pittsburgh

Diane P. Holder, executive vice president, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh

Linda Ruckert, owner, Linda's Imprinted Products, Pittsburgh

Sharon Scheidemantle, broker of record, Achieve Realty Inc., Wexford

Sandy E. Simon, owner and artist, Kiln-in-Time Studios, Pittsburgh

Berks County

Deborah A. Kintzer, senior vice president, Westlawn Graphics, Reading

Anne L. Stevens, chairman, president and CEO, Carpenter Technology Corporation, Reading

Blair County

Bonnie Lee Hand, president, Blair Insurance Services Inc., Altoona

Amy B. Seltzer, owner, Seltzer Financial Strategies LLC, Altoona

Bucks County

Ramila Philip, Ph.D., Immunotope Inc. Doylestown

Gina F. Rubel, Esquire, Furia Rubel Communications Inc. Doylestown

Donna E. Teitelman, president, Impact Executive Consulting LLC, Richboro

Butler County

Victoria A. Hinterberger, CEO, Butler County Radio Network Inc., Butler

Ann F. Morrison, senior vice president, Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania, Butler

Centre County

Jessica Dolan, owner, Room to Breathe Home and Office Organizing, Bellefonte

Chester County

Kimberly J. Brumbaugh, president, Brumbaugh Wealth Management Group, Glenmoore

Bronwyn L. Martin, financial advisor, Ameriprise Financial Service Inc., Kennett Square

Cumberland County

Tammy L. Shearer, vice president, Shearer Enterprises d/b/a The Camera Box, Camp Hill

Dauphin County

Linda Harvey-Burkley, principal, Ardis Communications, Harrisburg

Rhonda R. Hess, president and CEO, Rhonda Hess Associates LLC, Hershey

Janice L. Holsinger, owner, founder, and chairperson, U-GRO Learning Centres Inc., Harrisburg

Deborah Saline, principal and COO, PR Works Inc., Harrisburg

Delaware County

Mildred E. Bell, president and CEO, Skin Health Solutions, Edgemont

Mary L. Catona, president and CEO, Retriever Waste Management, Media

Marlene Weinberg, owner and operator, McDonalds, Villanova

Erie County

Misty O'Connor, founder, owner and president, Point Click Learn Inc., McKean

Lackawanna County

Sunita Arora, president and owner, ERA One Source Realty, Clarks Summit

Lancaster County

Marilyn Hedge, vice president, Susquehanna Bank, Lancaster

Sarah Young Fisher, president, Kuntz Lesher Capital LLC, Lancaster

Lebanon County

Anna Lynn Skamangas, president, The Baklava Goddess Inc.,
Schaefferstown

Montgomery County

Janet B. Cunningham, president and CEO, JBC Associates Inc., King of Prussia

Patricia H. Imbesi, founder and president, Patriarch Management, North Wales

Patricia J. Owens, chief strategy officer, Decision Strategies International, Conshohocken

Ilyse Shapiro, founder, MyPartTimePRO.com, Wynnewood

Bonnie Squires, president, Squires Consulting, Wynnewood

Philadelphia County

Autumn Bayles, senior vice president, Tasty Baking Company

Leslie Esdaile Banks, author and entrepreneur, Leslie Esdaile Banks LLC

Deborah M. Fretz, president and CEO, Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P.

Iola Harper, president, In Good Company LLC

Vernoca L. Michael, CEO and president, The Legendary Blue Horizon

Keirra Strayhorn White, owner, Copper Desserts LLC

Kimberly R. Williams, principal, KlingStubbins

Pike County

Ellen Cabaniss Bawc, owner and president, La Tienda Inc., Milford

Union County

Erica L. Shames, editor and publisher, Susquehanna Life Magazine,
Lewisburg

Washington County

Sherri Hewitt-Laird, president and CEO, The Caring Mission Inc.,
Washington

Westmoreland County

Carol Boerio Croft, owner and CCO, Cozy Inn Pet Resort, Stahlstown

Candy D. Valentino, founder and owner, Platinum Salon and Spa,
Greensburg

York County

Lynne Grote Briel, president and founder, The Professional Edge, York

Anne E. Zerbe, attorney, CGA Law Firm, York

CONTACT:

Teresa Candori - 717-783-1116

Janel Miller (DCED) - 717-783-1132

SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor

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