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Two NAWBO Greater St. Louis Chapter Members Recipients of 2015 Enterprising Women of the Year Awards

January 27, 2015 (St. Louis) – Two members of the NAWBO Greater St. Louis chapter, Debbie Weaver, Midwest Litigation Services president and owner, and Jennah Purk, CPA, Purk & Associates, P.C., president and founder, were selected as recipients for the prestigious 2015 Enterprising Women of the Year Awards.

Debbie Weaver is the 2014-15 president of the St. Louis NAWBO Chapter, and President and Owner of Midwest Litigation Services, a leading nationwide court reporting and trial services company. Debbie and the Midwest Litigation Services team have been recognized with numerous local, regional and national business, and court reporting and legal industry awards. Debbie was selected in 2001 as one of St. Louis Business Journal’s “Most Influential Business Women,” and in 2011 the company was selected as one of the publication’s “Hero of the Planet” award winners. Certified as a “green” business by the National Network of Court Reporting Companies, Midwest celebrated the 40th anniversary of Earth Day by implementing a wide range of sustainable practices, including offering discounts to law firms for paperless e-transcripts accessible 24/7 through Midwest’s online repository, reducing office energy use by 10 percent, use of recycled paper and using e-mail for interoffice communication and billing.  

Jennah Purk, is the 2014-15 treasurer and immediate past president of the St. Louis NAWBO Chapter, and currently serves on the national NAWBO board. She is president and founder of Purk & Associates, a nationally recognized and award winning accounting and management advisory firm. Jennah and the Purk & Associates team have been recognized with numerous local, regional and national business, and accounting industry awards. In 2014, the firm made Inc. Magazine’s 500 | 5000 list and Accounting Today’s “Best Places to Work For,” where it was selected as one of the “Top 5 Places to Work” for the small accounting firm category.  Also, Jennah was awarded the SBA of Eastern Missouri “2014 Small Business Team of the Year.”

The annual Enterprising Women of the Year Awards, which recognizes the finest women entrepreneurs in North America and around the globe, is in its 13th year. It is widely considered one of the most prestigious recognition programs for women business owners. To win, nominees must demonstrate that they have fast-growth businesses, mentor or actively support other women and girls involved in entrepreneurship, and stand out as leaders in their communities. Many of the honorees also serve as leaders of the key organizations that support the growth of women’s entrepreneurship.

Award winners were recognized in seven categories this year: annual sales revenues of more than $100 million; annual sales revenues of more than $25 million and up to $100 million; annual sales revenues of more than $10 million and up to $25 million; annual sales revenues of more than $5 million and up to $10 million; annual sales revenues of more than $2 million and up to $5 million; annual sales revenues of more than $1 million and up to $2 million; and annual sales revenues of up to $1 million.

Award honorees will be recognized at the 13th Annual Enterprising Women of the Year Awards & Conference, March 29-31, 2015 at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA. For a complete list of the 2015 Enterprising Women of the Year Award recipients, please click on the following link, http://bit.ly/1zULf5H.

About NAWBO Greater St. Louis Chapter

NAWBO Greater St. Louis Chapter, a recognized chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, is the premiere networking organization for women business owners located in the St. Louis metropolitan area and Southern Illinois. To learn more, please visit, www. http://www.nawbostl.org, or call, 314.954.8344. Become a friend of the St. Louis NAWBO Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NAWBO.STL.