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.