Three small business owners received Impact awards from the Women’s Opportunities Resource Center of Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Indira Gisela Padin-Jeffries, owner of Caring Hands in Home Care Inc. was awarded first place, earning her a cash prize of $2,500. The second place finisher, Mae Dooley of Dooley’s Landscaping and Tree Care Service, LLC received a $1,000 cash prize. Another finalist Glynis Tart of Verden Interior Design Studio, LLC also earned her recognition as the 2012 Young Trailblazer for her business’ social impact.
The winners were presented the awards on May 22, during National Small Business Week.
The competition, designed to empower female entrepreneurs in the Philadelphia region, sought business plan submissions to be assessed by a panel of four judges from the business community.
“We were incredibly impressed with all of the women who submitted business plans this year,” said Lynne Cutler, president of WORC.
“Small businesses, like our winners, have a positive impact on our regional economy. We also realize that the services WORC provides supports women who may struggle to get their ideas off the ground because of lack of funding are critical.”
Padin-Jefferies and Dooley were chosen from a field of eight finalists. The judging panel included Shinjoo Cho of the Philadelphia Department of Commerce; Sonja Sherwood of the Philadelphia Business Journal; Jenice Armstrong of the Philadelphia Daily News; Franne McNeal of HR Energy; and Therese Flaherty of the Wharton Small Business Development Center.
WORC also presented local conductor, Jeri Lynne Johnson with its annual Community Impact Award to signify her business success and social impact.
Johnson is the founder and music director of Philadelphia’s newest classical music ensemble, the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra (BPCO). Based in Philadelphia, the BPCO is dedicated to creating excellence by reflecting the cultural diversity of the community in its artists onstage. Johnson was chosen for this award because her unique approach to the music and her warm embrace of new audiences has set a new standard for creating diversity for orchestral ensembles.
WORC is a Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization that promotes social and economic self-sufficiency primarily for economically disadvantaged women and their families.