Are You a 'Winning Woman?' Here's an Opportunity for You

Winning Woman Let's make it clear right up front that this has nothing to do with Charlie Sheen. After letting out a huge sigh of relieve, know that Ernst & Young LLP is inviting female entrepreneurs to enter its fourth annual Entrepreneurial Winning Women competition, a national leadership program that helps female business owners accelerate the growth of their companies and realize new potential.

"Women employ 16 percent of the U.S. workforce and climbing -- starting businesses at twice the rate of men. There has never been a better time to help women scale their businesses, adding even more jobs to the economy," noted Maria Pinelli, Americas Director, Strategic Growth Markets, Ernst & Young LLP. "Our program helps successful women entrepreneurs to propel their company's growth, which benefits their businesses, creates jobs, and helps to boost the economy."

Each winner will receive an all-expense paid trip to the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum 2011, which takes place November 9-13, 2011 in Palm Springs, California. This is an invitation-only gathering of high-growth, market-leading company CEOs. The Forum presents a platform for winners to introduce their companies and share their corporate and personal brands within a community of established entrepreneurs, top executives, prospective investors and business advisors. All 2011 Winning Women will be recognized at a special celebratory event during the Forum.

"Entrepreneurial Winning Women and the Strategic Growth Forum have allowed me to take a step back, focus on my business and think bigger and differently than I did before," said Dawn Halfaker, CEO, Halfaker and Associates, and a 2010 Entrepreneurial Winning Woman. "The contacts I've made and relationships I've built, are not just helpful now, but will be in the future as I continue to grow my business. I've received tremendous media exposure and truly been inspired."

To obtain an application form, or to nominate a deserving woman entrepreneur, visit the contest's official site. The application deadline is June 30, 2011. Winners will be announced in October 2011.

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