Atlanta – May 13, 2009 – In front of nearly 200 business leaders, Secretary of State Karen Handel and National Association of Women Business Owners – Atlanta chapter President Tracee Sapp honored Georgia’s top women entrepreneurs on Thursday, May 14 at the 7th Annual Women Entrepreneur Awards.

“Every woman business owner and her employees honored by NAWBO is a success story,” says Secretary Handel. “They charted their course to success through proven leadership methods, sound business principles, innovation, networking and lots of hard work. I want to congratulate all the winners, the nominees, and all women business owners for their positive contributions to Georgia’s economy. Additionally, I want to thank the NAWBO-Atlanta chapter for their efforts to educate and support women business owners in the economic, social and political arenas.”

The luncheon recognized the winners of the prestigious awards as well as the finalists, all of whom have exhibited outstanding business success and community contributions.

“Selecting the winners of the WE Awards from a field of extraordinary finalists was a difficult decision for our distinguished panel of judges,” says Sapp. “Ultimately, they chose a remarkable group of astute and accomplished professional women who are some of the most successful leaders in Georgia.”

The WE Awards were established to recognize the crucial role women-owned businesses play in the growth of Georgia’s economy.

Women Entrepreneur Award Recipients 2009

WE Excel – Women Business Owner (WBO), Services Company
Cindi Filer, President, Innovative Outsourcing Inc.

WE Excel – WBO, Products Company
Marlene Kelly, President/CEO, Exhibits South Corp.

WE Excel – Corporate Executive
Susan Mitchell-Ketzes, Chief Talent Officer, HOK

WE Shine – Growing Star
Margot King, Founder/CEO,
OnSite Resource Solutions LLC

WE Shine – Rising Star
Gina Ragsdale, President,
Southern Demolition and Environmental

WE Advocate – Community Professional
Amy J. Kolczak, Partner,
Owen, Gleaton, Egan, Jones & Sweeney LLP


National Association of Women Business Owners – Atlanta is dedicated to offering growth strategies and resources to successful women business owners in Georgia with leadership programs and corporate growth initiatives. The organization serves as the voice of the state’s women-owned business community and provides a variety of educational programs, alliances, tools and resources supporting women business owners to grow and evolve their businesses. It represents the interests of all women entrepreneurs across all industries. For additional information, please visit

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