The first-ever SCORE Awards was held to recognize the success of America’s small businesses and individuals who contribute to small business success during a time of economic recovery.
Barbara Kasoff, president and co-founder of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), received The Lou Campanelli Award. The award is given annually and recognizes outstanding individual volunteerism, leadership, vision and philanthropy in support of small business, entrepreneurship and SCORE.
Kasoff is a successful business owner and has been a corporate executive for more than 20 years. She has been an active supporter for small businesses, including women and minorities, both nationally and internationally. Using her voice messaging network, Kasoff has united various organizations, enabled small business owners to share information with each other, learn from one another, and become better informed in economic and political issues.Currently, she is CEO of WIPP, a nonprofit, public policy organization that advocates for and on behalf of women and minorities. Learn more at www.wipp.org.
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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, www.zakeez.com.
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