Volume 3, Issue 10
From the Founder
Welcome to the Women in Entrepreneurship issue of RISBJ. This issue highlights the winners of our second annual Entrepreneurial Women to Watch awards. Building upon the incredible response from last year’s awards, we worked on making this year even better. One major change we made was to include winners from five different categories: community champion, small business, startup, solopreneur and minority-owned. By making the categories more specific, we saw a tremendous increase in nominations. In just 7 days, over 500 nominations were submitted. Our selection committee was put to the task to review over 1,000 total pages of applications. At the end of the review process, 3 winners were selected in each of the 5 categories.
On Tuesday, November 4 we posted the winners of the awards, a day better known as Election Day. While most Rhode Islanders were wondering who the next political leaders of our state would be, we were sharing stories of our entrepreneurial leaders. In the first 24 hours of posting the winners to our website, the page was shared over 1,800 times on Facebook, a number that far surpassed any of the political news on the local news sites. Within 5 days, the page was shared over 2,800 times, with over 10,000 page views – numbers that truly speak to the power of our entrepreneurial community.
I’d like to personally thank this year’s selection committee: Sierra Barter, Alison Bologna, Nikki Groom, Sandra McNamara, Rebecca Murray and Cristen Faherty. I would also like to thank The Dorrance, for once again hosting our awards reception, as well as our sponsors, HealthSource RI, Beacon Mutual, Neighborhood Health Plan of RI, PVD Lady Project and The Center for Women in Enterprise. And last, but certainly not least, I would like to thank Gail Ahlers of Ahlers Designs, Rick Lataille of WRIK Entertainment and photographer Josh Edenbaum for working with us again this year to make the awards ceremony an evening to remember.
Congratulations again to this year’s award winners, and all of the amazing entrepreneurs who are proud to call Rhode Island home.