2000 Applause Award Recipients
The City of Dallas Women's Business Initiative (WBI), Carole Davis, Coordinator, was one of the nation's first city-sponsored programs for assisting women business owners. Established in 1998, WBI has provided business assistance to over 500 women, and has developed a strong working relationship with the Dallas City Council.
Carol Dougal and Hedy Ratner are Co-Presidents of the Women's Business Development Center (WBDC) in Chicago, the oldest women's business assistance center in the U.S. They founded WBDC over 15 years ago, and have since helped more than 30,000 women business owners and provided entrepreneurial training for over 25,000 Chicago area women.
Elizabeth Lisboa-Farrow founded LISBOA, Inc., a full-services communications and management consulting company, in 1979, and in 1994 started Lisboa Productions, Inc., a multimedia development and production company. She is president and CEO of both companies, and serves as Chair of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Chair of the DC Chamber of Commerce.
Carol Martin, Director of Vendor Diversity, Sears, Roebuck and Co., was WBENC's first Marketing Committee Chair and developed three successful marketing programs—The Salute to Women's Business Enterprises: The Enterprising Economy; The Search for America's Top Corporations for Women's Business Enterprises; and The WBENC Applause Awards.
Anthony J. DeLuca, Director of the Air Force Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, has worked since 1991 to expand U.S. Air Force opportunities for women-owned small business. Toward his goal of awarding one billion dollars in Air Force prime contracts to women-owned businesses in the year 2000, he launched the Manufacturing Technical Assistance Pilot Program and the Focused Outreach Events.