Businesswomen mean business


In today’s workaday world, women are big business.

So, congratulations to Deborah Grogan and Carol Manuele, who were awarded Yellow Rose of Challenge awards for their business achievements in “women helping women.” Grogan was saluted for advancing education programs, and Manuele for encouraging community service.

The Yellow Rose awards were presented by the Professional and Business Women of Rome by president Beth Jones. The ceremony was part of National Business Women’s Week, and was held at the Beeches. Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo was guest speaker at the Rome Area Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Forum.

The Yellow Rose dates back to the late 1980s, and the concept for National Business Women’s Week originated with the National Federation of Business & Professional Women’s Clubs 1924-1927. Today there are 7.2 million majority-owned, privately-held, women-owned businesses in the United States. These firms employ 7.3 million people and generate $1.1 trillion in sales.

Jones noted the National Business Women’s Week spotlights all working women as well as issues that are important to working women. Looking ahead, groups like Rome’s can use the week to promote their upcoming programs.

We are happy to celebrate National Business Women’s Week as a time to reflect upon and pay tribute to the contributions of working women.


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