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Wednesday, March 27, 2013 2:37 PM

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DELPHOS — Kathy Ann’s Boutique in Delphos is one of three area businesses nominated for the Lima-Allen Chamber of Commerce Woman-owned Business of the Year award.

Kathy Anne’s was nominated by a fellow businessperson or a community member for the annual award.

Owner Kathy Feather’s is honored to be in contention and she strives to recreate her experiences shopping with her parents in her small hometown.

“When I was a little girl, I enjoyed shopping in my hometown of Delphos. There was something special about walking into a store and hearing and seeing my parents greeted by name and with a smile. There was always a friendly ‘Hello’ followed by ‘How may I help you’?” she said.

Feathers opened her boutique in 2009 and has since helped promote other woman-owned business.

“I call it ‘Girl Power’,” Feathers said. “I recently had an event and invited a young make-up artist to do mini-makeovers and offer tips. It was great exposure for her and my store. I have also promoted a local seamstress and several local craftmakers. We help each other.”

Feathers also speaks at events like Girl Scout meetings  promoting  salesmanship.

“I talked to them about importance of customer service relating to their Girl Scout Cookie sales and shared my own experiences as a Girl Scout,” Feathers added.
Feathers also provides support to the annual Canal Days Queen Pageant and joins in many local fundraisers.

Nominees for the Woman-owned Business of the Year Award will be judged according to the following criteria:
1) The business must be 51 percent woman owned;
2) The business must be financially strong and profitable and be able to show a history of growth;
3) The business principal or organization must have demonstrated community involvement and/or made some civic contributions;
4) The number of employees must range from 1 to 150;
5) The business must have an operational history of at least 18 months. The nominations will be reviewed by a panel of women owned business owners from the area.
Delphos’ Karen Grothouse of Spherion has also been nominated for the chamber’s Athena Award.

The Athena Award is presented to one who has attained and personified the highest level of professional excellence in her/his business or profession, has devoted time and energy to the community in a meaningful way, and most especially, has opened doors of leadership opportunity for women.

Nominees will be judged according to the following criteria:
1) Assist women in reaching their full leadership potential;
2) Demonstrate excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession; and
3) Provide valuable service by devoting time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community.
The winner of the local Athena Award will be submitted for consideration in the national Athena Award.

The winners will be announced May 1 at the chamber’s annual gala.


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