Entrepreneurial Winning Women

2013 award winners

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Meet the 2013 Entrepreneurial Winning Women. These dynamic women entrepreneurs join our elite network of the country’s best high-growth companies and will now participate in our customized leadership program designed to connect them with the advisors, resources and insights they need to scale their businesses.

 
Karri Bass

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Karri Bass
Illumination Research - Cincinnati, Ohio

Illumination is a market research and strategy consulting firm that conducts customer research throughout the world to help businesses create ideas to fuel growth. The company’s clients include many of the world’s largest consumer products companies and retailers, including Procter & Gamble, Nestle and PepsiCo. It has a track record of delivering better and faster research through its unique capabilities and team of experts. The eight-year-old business is rapidly gaining ground, with significant global expansion plans to serve its multinational clients.


Julia Beardwood

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Julia Beardwood
Beardwood & Co LLC - New York, New York

Beardwood & Co, founded in 2004, has made its mark taking an uncommon approach to product branding and advertising: eliciting emotional reactions based on needs, wants and dreams, and putting clients’ end-users at the center of its campaigns. Today the company has some of the highest levels of customer satisfaction in the industry and counts among its clients a roster of globally known consumer products, nonprofits and business-to-business brands.


Jennifer Blumin

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Jennifer Blumin
Skylight Group - New York, New York

With six properties, Skylight Group is New York’s largest event venue management firm, brokering access to otherwise inaccessible spaces for a roster of clients that includes Google, Nike and Ralph Lauren. With the rise of global media, Skylight has grown in tandem with its clients, enabling them to create experiential narratives that expand an event from 300 people in a room to 300,000 watching from locations across the world. Alone in its niche, Skylight Group has seen 100% growth in the last year, enabling the company to lead its Fortune 500 clients into the future of events as an invaluable part of marketing today.


Adrienne Choma

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Adrienne Choma
Saladax Biomedical, Inc. - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Saladax develops and commercializes novel diagnostic assays for the practical delivery of personalized medicine, including improved cancer drug dosing and early Alzheimer’s detection. The nine-year-old company’s ultimate goal is to replace the current standard of care in cancer drug dosing with more precise dosing methods, resulting in a better quality of life, fewer adverse side effects and improved treatment results for chemotherapy patients.


Jamie Kern Lima

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Jamie Kern Lima
IT Cosmetics - Jersey City, New Jersey

IT Cosmetics is one of the fastest growing cosmetics companies in America. The innovative business works with leading plastic surgeons to infuse anti-aging technology into high-performance makeup and skin care products that solve women’s beauty concerns and help them look and feel their most beautiful. Established in 2008, IT has received 200+ media placements in 2013 alone including appearances on TODAY and in Allure, CEW, WWD, InStyle, W, Glamour, People StyleWatch, Marie Claire, MORE and The New York Times. Sold on QVC as well as in 600+ ULTA Beauty stores nationwide and on itcosmetics.com. IT has 2013 sales to date of over $60 million.


Raegan Moya-Jones

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Raegan Moya-Jones
aden + anais, Inc. - New York, New York

aden + anais has built a successful global brand on one of the most classic baby products: muslin swaddling blankets, which are lightweight and perfect for keeping babies cool in summer and warm in winter. From a home-based business launched in 2006, today aden + anais sells its products through more than 4,500 retail clients, including Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Harrods and Babies R Us, with a growing worldwide distribution network that spans 61 countries across Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. Retailers are clamoring for the company’s rapidly expanding product line that is a favorite among moms everywhere, including Beyoncé and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.


Corin Mullins

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Corin Mullins
Holy Crap Cereal - Sechelt, British Columbia, Canada

Holy Crap Cereal is the world’s most amazing breakfast cereal. The handmade, certified organic, non-genetically modified, allergen-free cereal line was created in 2009 out of the desire for a great-tasting cereal safe for people with food allergies. Now, Holy Crap products are sold in over 2,500 stores and are favorites of athletes, diabetics, celiacs, dieters and even astronauts, who took the cereal with them to the International Space Station.


Phyllis W. Newhouse

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Phyllis W. Newhouse
Xtreme Solutions, Inc. - Atlanta, Georgia

Xtreme Solutions, founded in 2002, is an end-to-end IT services and solutions provider, with offerings that range from IT business consulting to state-of-the-art cybersecurity consulting and forensic analysis. The company employs 23% of the world’s certified ethical hackers and network security professionals to help secure its clients’ private networks and prevent cyber-attacks. The company plans to create a larger global presence and platform for new international customers, supported in part by strategic alliances with large companies to help serve smaller businesses.


Kelsey Ramsden

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Kelsey Ramsden
Belvedere Place Development Ltd - West Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

Belvedere Place Development is a nine-year-old general and civil contractor with a reputation for delivering projects on time and on budget. The company began with small roadway projects and now constructs large-scale infrastructure including roads, bridges, underground works, treatment plants and airports. Expanding globally, Belvedere is on track to continue expansion from Western Canada and the Caribbean into emerging markets, where fast-growing populations mean high demand for infrastructure development.


Joy Taylor

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Joy Taylor
TayganPoint Consulting Group - Lambertville, New Jersey

TayganPoint Consulting Group, established in 2009, is a niche management consulting company focused on helping pharmaceutical, health care, financial services and energy organizations improve their efficiency and overall business performance. TayganPoint’s team of process experts have a reputation for hands-on service and deep sector expertise. By leveraging the talent of seasoned advisors on an “as needed” basis – TayganPoint Consulting Group’s clients drive change, improve operations, and expand into new markets.


Lisa Williams

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Dr. Lisa Williams
World of EPI, LLC - Chula Vista, California

The World of EPI is a multi-faceted business that includes the Positive Perfect doll line: authentic, multicultural dolls that encourage dreams, promote intelligence and open the hearts of children of color to beauty of all types. Founded with a line of books in 2005, the World of EPI plans to expand into animation as the message of multicultural beauty and success is shared with children everywhere.


Denise Wilson

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Denise Wilson
Desert Jet - Palm Springs, California

Desert Jet is a full-service aircraft management, charter and maintenance company. Structured as the private car service of the sky, private flyers can use Desert Jet’s services as needed, with no requirements such as buying a fractional share, jet card or membership. Aircraft under asset management with Desert Jet benefit from increased operational efficiency with the option to earn revenue. A three-time Inc. 500|5000 list honoree, the company has grown over 600% in the last three years and has its sights on further expansion.