Startup stars

Some local business owners got a pat on the back Thursday, and a Richmond high school student snagged $2,000 for her startup.

Four female entrepreneurs and a senior at Godwin High School received awards from the National Association of Women Business Owners’ annual Enterprising Women of Excellence awards at the Omni Hotel downtown.

The ceremony highlighted Richmond entrepreneurs for their work in business, the community and the NAWBO organization. A new award this year given by the William & Mary Mason School of Business recognized three students for their up-and-coming businesses.

Connie Henshaw took home the Student Entrepreneur of the Year award for her startup Urban Outdoors. Henshaw, who launched the business last summer, takes local inner city middle school students canoeing, camping, rock climbing and on other outdoors trips. She received a $2,000 grant from NAWBO to put toward her startup.

The Entrepreneur of the Year award went to Beth Bailey, who founded health-care company Pediatric Connection in 1998. The business, which also has locations in Charlottesville and Georgia, provides in-home nursing care and medical equipment to children with complex medical needs. The award recognizes someone who has been in business for at least five years with strong financial performance.

Margaret Thompson, founder and publisher of Richmond Family Magazine, won the Rising Star award, which is given to a business that has been operating for at least two years with consistent revenue growth.

Martha Rollins, owner of Boaz and Ruth, received the Community Leader award. The Highland Park organization provides job training and job placement services for those recently released from prison.

Cara Dickens, owner of marketing firm Rocket Pop Media, won the NAWBO Member of the Year award for her participation in the organization.

Some local business owners got a pat on the back Thursday, and a Richmond high school student snagged $2,000 for her startup.

Four female entrepreneurs and a senior at Godwin High School received awards from the National Association of Women Business Owners’ annual Enterprising Women of Excellence awards at the Omni Hotel downtown.

The ceremony highlighted Richmond entrepreneurs for their work in business, the community and the NAWBO organization. A new award this year given by the William & Mary Mason School of Business recognized three students for their up-and-coming businesses.

Connie Henshaw took home the Student Entrepreneur of the Year award for her startup Urban Outdoors. Henshaw, who launched the business last summer, takes local inner city middle school students canoeing, camping, rock climbing and on other outdoors trips. She received a $2,000 grant from NAWBO to put toward her startup.

The Entrepreneur of the Year award went to Beth Bailey, who founded health-care company Pediatric Connection in 1998. The business, which also has locations in Charlottesville and Georgia, provides in-home nursing care and medical equipment to children with complex medical needs. The award recognizes someone who has been in business for at least five years with strong financial performance.

Margaret Thompson, founder and publisher of Richmond Family Magazine, won the Rising Star award, which is given to a business that has been operating for at least two years with consistent revenue growth.

Martha Rollins, owner of Boaz and Ruth, received the Community Leader award. The Highland Park organization provides job training and job placement services for those recently released from prison.

Cara Dickens, owner of marketing firm Rocket Pop Media, won the NAWBO Member of the Year award for her participation in the organization.

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champe granger
champe granger
10 years ago

Great report

Mighty Casey
Mighty Casey
10 years ago

Terrific story about some terrific stories – women business owners drive a lot of economic development. The perception is that all the businesses we own are small-scale, but that’s not the truth, and the perception is shifting slooooowly toward recognizing our true worth. Thanks to each and every one of these women (and Amy David!) for keepin’ on keepin’ on.

Colleen Quinn
Colleen Quinn
10 years ago

These were all well deserving award winners – as were all of the EWE finalists! The National Association of Women Business Owners is one of the premier organizations for supporting women entrepreneurs and business owners. Richmond NAWBO encourages any and all business owners to consider membership! More information is at http://www.nawborichmond.org.