RISBJ Announces Winners of 2016 Entrepreneurial Women to Watch Awards

JOHNSTON, RI – Rhode Island Small Business Journal is excited to announce the winners of the 2016 Entrepreneurial Women to Watch Awards. Winners and nominees will be honored at a celebration event in Pawtucket on Thursday, April 28th from 6-9 pm at Historic Slater Mill.

RISBJ created the 2016 Entrepreneurial Women to Watch Awards to honor the most confident, tenacious, professional and sophisticated women industry leaders in our state. This year we received over 400 nominees to be considered in the following categories: Community Champion, Minority-Owned, Small Business, Solopreneur, and Startup. This year, three candidates were selected from each category, adding up to fifteen winners total.

RISBJ wishes to congratulate the following recipients (no specific order):

Small Business

  • Kerrie Lanoie Sonoma Bistro & WineBar
  • Gina DiSpirito GLAD WORKS
  • Loren Barham Loren Hope Designs, LLC


  • Kristin M. MacRae Organizing In RI, LLC
  • Marni MacLean Karro Jack’s Snacks
  • Megan McGuinness McGuinness Media & Marketing, LLC


  • Amy Levesque Fields Hub Digital
  • Rita Danielle Steele, Esq. Steele Realty Consultants International
  • Dana Spring Open Oyster

Community Champion

  • Tuni Schartner TRS Strategies
  • Andrea Chait, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA, NCSP Momentum Inc.
  • Susan Pascale-Frechette Pods Swimming

Minority-Owned Business

  • Atabey Sánchez-Haiman Giraffes and Robots
  • Cindy Burke, Esq. Burke Law Group LLC
  • Krystal Toro SOFIT Cycle & Fitness Studio

The 2016 winners and nominees will be honored at a celebration event in Pawtucket at the Historic Slater Mill. The event will take place on Thursday, April 28th, starting at 6 pm. This year, there will be plenty of free parking and food provided by Cozy Caterers. We hope to see you there!

Each of the winners will be featured in Issue 4 of RISBJ.  Their stories will highlight their successes and celebrate their commitment to being a part of one of the fastest growing segments in the business world.  For more information on the 2016 Entrepreneurial Women to Watch Awards or RISBJ, please visit www.risbj.com.

Click here to purchase your ticket.

Leave a comment

Avatar About the Author: The Rhode Island Small Business Journal is a printed monthly magazine and an online resource for the aspiring and start-up entrepreneur and small business owner.

previous arrow
next arrow