LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 21, 2014) — The Lexington Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) honored Megan Smith, founder/publisher/editor of Cake&Whiskey magazine, as the 2014 Winners’ Circle Award recipient, at its April 17 luncheon.
In addition to the Winners’ Circle Award, five others received the Woman Business Owner of the Year, Rising Star Award, Tribute Award, Legacy Award and NAWBO Member of the Year.
The 2014 NAWBO Woman Business Owner of the Year is Julie Wilson, founder of STORY Magazine. The woman business owner of the year must be a sole proprietor, partner or corporate director with daily management responsibility. Wilson demonstrated excellence as a woman business owner, initiative and creativity in overcoming obstacles in her business, civic and community involvement and contribution along with professional accomplishments and contributions, NAWBO said.
The 2014 NAWBO Rising Star Award went to Sarah Burton of Simply Love Studio. This award qualifications are that the winner must have been in business between 18 and 36 months, be a sole proprietor, partner or corporate director with daily management responsibility, demonstrate excellence as a woman business owner, demonstrate initiative and creativity in overcoming obstacles in her business, demonstrated civic and community involvement and contribution and demonstrate professional accomplishments and contributions.
The 2014 NAWBO Tribute Award went to Neal Vaughn with Chrysalis House. This award is to recognize an outstanding woman who has dedicated her life to encouraging and enabling women to achieve their career goals.
The 2014 NAWBO Legacy Award went to former Gov. Martha Layne Collins. This award honors a lifetime of accomplishments advocating for women business owners in both the private sector and in the public policy arena.
The 2014 NAWBO Member of the Year is Sheila Taluskie, founder of God’s Closet and The Purple Lunchbox. This award is given to a member who demonstrates support of and participates in activities that strengthen the presence of NAWBO in the public and private sector, creates innovative and effective changes in NAWBO and demonstrates strength and support of NAWBO’s vision and mission.