Woman’s Way Business Awards

AW hosts a ceremony honoring women-owned businesses.

On April 29, Austin Woman hosted the Woman’s Way Business Awards at FIAT of Austin in celebration of the release of the ninth annual business directory for women, the 2014 AW Media Pinks. Refreshments were provided by Austin Cocktails, Cameron Hughes Wine, Delysia Chocolatier, Finn & Porter, Papa’s Pilar Rum and Urban, as 250-plus attendees honored seven inspiring women. And the winners were:

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Best Service Provider Winner: Korey Howell Photography

Korey Howell Photography focuses on one thing: creating flattering headshots and business portraits. With more than 20 years in the industry, Howell and her team know how to take the pain out of getting pictures taken and make it fun.

“I’m so thankful to AW for creating a space that acknowledges women,” Howell says. “And I’m especially thankful to be acknowledged for something I enjoy doing. I see it as sitting down with friends and creating souvenirs of time.”

Finalist: Bourland Law Firm P.C. is an allfemale firm that provides legal representation in civil lawsuits and appeals to business clients ranging from sole proprietors to national corporations.

Finalist: Ame’s Cleaning LLC is a custom cleaning service. Owner Ame Frezza’s motto is: “Leave no surface untouched.”

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Best New Company Winner: Posh Interiors

Monique Penner, owner of Posh Interiors, specializes in interior design and home décor. She has worked hard since moving to Austin two years ago to become involved in the community, and has worked with many new clients to provide style and comfort for their homes.

“I love making people happy when they walk in after a long, hard day at work to see their new space,” Penner says.

Finalist: Retreat Nail Bar, a woman-owned, woman-run and woman- centric nail and waxing salon that strives to pamper clients so they leave happier than when they walked in.

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Most Customer Friendly

Winner: The Antoon Group

This small social media and PR firm personalizes every customer experience so that every client feels like a VIP. The Antoon Group strives to build a family-like relationship with their clients while they work toward the common goal of helping clients become celebrities in their fields.

“I like to help business owners become known in the industry and that really impassions me,” says Denise Antoon, founder and president of The Antoon Group.

Finalist: Hook ’em Marketing. With more than 13 years of strategic public relations, sales promotions and event and field marketing experience, Hook ‘em Marketing helps clients bring their brand to life while maximizing their messaging budget.

Finalist: Westlake Chiropractic, PLLC provides an optimal healing experience to individuals seeking holistic chiropractic care.

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Most Socially Conscious/Best Nonprofit Winner: Susan G. Komen Austin

Since 1999, the Austin affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure has raised money to provide breast-cancer screening, education and medical services, investing more than $13.9 million in the fight against breast cancer. Each year, 75 percent of the money raised is put to work right here in the counties of Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson to improve the lives of those affected by this deadly disease.

“There is a great need in this community to help women that may not be able to get the resources they need,” says Christy Casey-Moore, executive director of Komen Austin. “I am fortunate to work with a team of women that empower each other, which helps us accomplish our mission, but it also lets us know that every time we come in to the office, we’re making a local impact.”

Finalist: Girl Scouts of Central Texas. Its daily goal is to provide its nearly 20,000-girl membership with programming that builds their confidence, enriches their character and invokes their courage. These girls are our future, and this organization is compelled to lead for them and always with the collective future in mind.

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Best Product Winner: Second Nature Hair

Second Nature Hair offers women and children custom vacuum, cranial prostheses, or “long-term” wigs. A vacuum hairpiece allows clients the freedom to engage in both everyday activities and physical activities, such as swimming, playing sports, gymnastics and the like without fear of the hairpiece coming off unannounced. It is a hairpiece and experience that is unmatched worldwide.

“I’ve had a hair-loss condition since I was 9 years old, so I know I’m meant to help others just like me feel more comfortable,” says Kim Karacz, owner of Second Nature Hair. “I absolutely love what I do.”

Finalist: Art by the Glass Studio. Born on a girls’ night out, Art by the Glass Studio features canvas painting, wine-bottle painting, canvas word art and more while sharing a bottle of wine. Finalist:

The PAK Store (PAK LLC) specializes in personal accessory kits and other products created for women by women that aim to be clever, practical, stylish and functional.

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Best in Health & Wellness Winner: Infinity Wellness Center

Infinity Wellness Center provides all-natural health and wellness services while working toward maximal health physically, emotionally and structurally. Dr. Tenesha Wards assists with restoring health, hormones and vitality without the use of drugs or surgery.

“I love what I do because I have the chance to help women empower their own health issues by being a part of their journey instead of covering up or numbing the ailment,” Wards says. “Together we can uncover the root cause of whatever it is that’s inhibiting them from reaching their Godgiven potential and living their truest life.”

Finalist: Bee Well Pediatrics. The physicians at this pediatric practice know that healthy habits start in childhood. They focus on prevention and maintaining wellness through diet, exercise and informed use of complementary and alternative medicine.

Finalist: Dr. Lisa M. Jukes provides gynecology for women’s health and care in Austin and Marble Falls. Jukes, her nurse practitioners and the entire staff provide state-of-the-art medical treatment in a compassionate, confidential and comfortable atmosphere.

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Spirit Award Winner: Bourland Law Firm P.C.

This all-female firm represents business clients in civil lawsuits and appeals in Austin and throughout Texas. Cindy Bourland, president of Bourland Law Firm, has more than 20 years of experience in business, litigation, trials, appeals, arbitration and mediation.

“I love seeing women excel in business and I know that happens with focus,” Bourland says. “That’s why I try and help businesses resolve disputes without litigation so that they can focus on business.”


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