The 2006 Make Mine a $Million Business program, founded by Count Me In with OPEN from American Express, opened applications on July 17, 2006 to women entrepreneurs in the United States committed to growing their businesses past the $1 million mark in annual revenue. Interested women business owners nationwide can log onto www.makemineamillion.org to join the movement to build million-dollar enterprises, learn about online resources that can help them expand their businesses and apply to win a Make Mine a $Million Business Award.
Applicants with the most promising growth plans will be invited to compete in New York on October 24th to receive one-on-one mentoring, marketing assistance, a line of credit from OPEN, a loan from Count Me In, technology support from Cisco Systems and the opportunity to take part in QVC’s product search and sell their products on the network.
More than 500 applications were received for the San Francisco event earlier this year where 20 women entrepreneurs were chosen to receive Make Mine a $Million Business Awards.
Twenty awardees will be chosen from a pool of women-owned business applicants nationwide for the October 24th event at the Manhattan Center Ballroom in New York. The application deadline for applications for the New York competition is September 29. Three technical workshops will be held in August and September in New York where applicants can receive help filling out their applications and learn more about the program and selection process.
“Make Mine a $Million Business is making a difference and attracting a diverse group of entrepreneurs and businesses,” said Nell Merlino, president, Count Me In. “As the program continues to gain momentum the awardees are expanding their resources and networks to benefit the growth of their own and one another’s businesses.”
“When just 3% of women-owned businesses generate more than $1 million in revenue annually, it is clear that we need to open new growth opportunities, right now,” said Susan Sobbott, president, OPEN from American Express, and member of the program’s Mentoring Council. “We at OPEN are proud to commit financing as well as mentors from within and outside of the American Express family who are motivated to help women realize their dreams.”
Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence is the leading national not-for-profit provider of on-line business loans and resources for women to grow their micro businesses into $million enterprises. Find out more at www.countmein.org