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In recognition of their professional achievements, senior leaders from Oberon, LLC and SÁLO, LLC were honored by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) with 2009 awards at the Annual NAWBO Awards Gala on April 16 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis.

CJ DuBe’, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Oberon, was honored with a 2009 “Pioneer” Award. This prestigious award recognizes a woman business owner who is leading the way for other women in her industry.

The exceptional accomplishments of SÁLO’s Chief Financial Officer, Denise Doll-Kiefer, were also celebrated at the event. Doll-Kiefer was presented with a “Woman of Achievement” Award for her impressive record of professional successes.

“These two women are key players in the continuous development of our firms,” said SÁLO and Oberon Co-Founder, John Folkestad. “They have both proven themselves as pioneers in the staffing industry. Not to mention, they are a pleasure to work with, and we feel so fortunate to have them as members of our team.”

NAWBO awards celebrate the contributions women business owners have made to the Minnesota business community and culture, as well as to the larger national and global economies. The women receiving awards are true leaders who have forged their own paths to success, carved out new rules in business with intelligence, compassion and courage.

NAWBO is the voice of America’s 10.4 million women-owned businesses. Since 1975, NAWBO has helped women evolve their businesses by sharing resources and providing a single voice to shape economic and public policy. With 9,000 members and 80 chapters, NAWBO is the only dues-based national organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs across all industries. For more information, visit: http://www.nawbo-mn.org.

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NumberWorks, LLC receives national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC), a regional certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise Council (WBENC).

The WBENC certification for women-owned businesses is one of the most widely recognized and respected certifications in the nation. WBENC’s national standard of certification implemented by the WBDC is a meticulous process including an in-depth review of the business as well as an on-site inspection. The certification process is designed to confirm the business is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women.

“We are thrilled to become a certified Women’s Business Enterprise,” said Gwen Martin, Managing Partner of NumberWorks. “WBENC certification was the logical next step in growing our business, and we’re very excited to experience the many great opportunities that our new certification will bring.”

By including women-owned businesses among their vendors, corporations and government agencies demonstrate their commitment to fostering diversity and the continued development of their supplier/vendor diversity programs.

The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council is the nation’s largest third party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the United States. WBENC is a resource for the more than 700 US companies and government agencies that rely on WBENC’s certification as an integral part of their supplier diversity programs.