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2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women: Call for Applications and Nominations

Are you a woman entrepreneur with big plans, and the vision and passion for growing your company? Do you know a dynamic woman entrepreneur who is on track to create a multi-hundred-million or billion-dollar enterprise? If so, we encourage you to apply or to nominate an outstanding entrepreneur for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning WomenTM Program. Now in its fifth year, Entrepreneurial Winning Women is a competitive award and leadership program that identifies a select group of high-potential women entrepreneurs whose businesses show real potential to scale—and then helps them do it. Winners will:

• Join an elite network of the country’s best entrepreneurs and high-growth company leaders

• Participate in a customized leadership program with year-round activities designed to accelerate and sustain business growth

• On a complimentary basis, attend the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum® 2012, the country’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth companies, November 14-18 in Palm Springs, CA.

Eligible applicants are women CEOs who have founded their privately held U.S. companies within the last 10 years and have achieved at least US$1 million in revenue in each of the past two. Typical applicant company revenue ranges from US$1 million to approximately US$20 million annually. For more information on eligibility and how to apply, or to learn how to nominate a deserving woman entrepreneur you know, review the brochure and visit www.ey.com/us/entrepreneurialwinningwomen. The application period closes on April 30, 2012.

See the results: Documented results demonstrate this program is spurring dramatic growth. Thinking big: how to accelerate the growth of women-owned companies explores the impact of the Entrepreneurial Winning Women Program. According to this assessment by the Babson College Center for Women’s Leadership, revenues of program participants’ companies have grown almost 50% each year on average, with a corresponding average annual job growth rate of more than 25%.

Hear from the entrepreneurs themselves: Click on the video link on this page to learn what the Winning Women have gained from this program and see why it is a valuable growth accelerator. Here’s what one participant has to say:

“Because of the Entrepreneurial Winning Women Program, I completely revised my business plan in order to think bigger and reach my new goal of $100 million in sales. I am now focused on a three-to-five-year vision that includes building out our expertise, the possible acquisition of complementary companies and investment capital to allow us to scale. Without hesitation, I encourage other women entrepreneurs to take the time and apply. If selected, the results are immediate, and Ernst & Young’s ongoing support and dedication to our success is invaluable.”—Lisa Bair, Founder and CEO, Hobart Group Holdings, Entrepreneurial Winning Women Class of 2010

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