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Nonprofit Report Group helps women build $1M businesses
Sarah Duxbury
From the San Francisco Business Times
A million dollars may not buy what it once did, but that hasn't stopped legions of women from applying for Make Mine a Million Business awards. The awards, in their second year, are a program of Count Me In for Women's Economic Independence, a New York City nonprofit, and OPEN from American Express, which serves small business owners. They aim to have 1 million women-owned businesses with revenue over $1 million by 2010 compared with 280,000 now. Only 3 percent of women-owned businesses make $1 million or more, compared with 21 percent of all businesses nationwide. Twenty companies beat out 500-plus applicants for the awards, which were announced at the National Association of Women Business Owners conference held in San Francisco. Several Bay Area winners may soon be "millionaires":
Allison Evanow, Square One Organic Spirits in Novato. Julia Frink, in San Francisco. Molly Fuller, Hands On Gourmet in San Francisco. Robin Moorad, Imago Associates in Berkeley. Linda Russell, Mugshots Photography in San Rafael.
Jinsoo Terry, Advanced Global Connections in Berkeley. Last year, 23 women won the $10,000 credit line from American Express, a loan up to $45,000 from Count Me In and tech support and mentoring from Cisco Systems. Sarah Duxbury can be reached at (415) 288-4963 or


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