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Awards: SCORE Supports America’s Small Businesses

Outstanding Woman-owned Business Award: Zakeez, Inc.

The first-ever SCORE Awards was held on September 17, 2009 in Washington, D.C. The SCORE Awards recognize and celebrate excellence in and support of America’s small businesses. SCORE honored clients for their outstanding success.

Zakeez, Inc. was the winner of the Outstanding Woman-owned Business Award. The company is an ergonomics and human factors company that specializes in research and development of innovative and unique products and services. Their goal is to create products that improve the quality of life of children and help parents and babies connect. The company was founded by Yamile Jackson, a Ph.D. in ergonomics and human factors engineering and licensed professional engineer. She used her personal experience, work and education to invent the award-winning “The Zaky®.” This product is used in hundreds of hospitals and thousands of homes and child-care facilities, and by preemies, ill, healthy and special-needs children worldwide.

Just after starting her business, Jackson turned to Houston SCORE for advice and mentoring. SCORE experts have helped her develop her business plan and marketing materials, such as brochures, posters and a Web site,

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