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WIPP National Partner Mary Schnack Awarded for Entrepreneurial Success

Wednesday, March 30, 2011  
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For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Jackie Copp



Washington, DC (March 30, 2011) – Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) Member Mary Schnack, President of Silver Spring, MD based Mary Schnack & Associates, was honored with two prestigious awards during the month of March for her outstanding entrepreneurial success and her advocacy for other women business owners.

Schnack was the recipient of the Gutsy Gals Inspire Me Award that honors women who are positive female role models to both children and adults. Schnack was chosen for her work with Up from the Dust, an organization that she started to support the global growth of women microenterprises. After traveling the world (as a speaker) and meeting women who were skilled in their craft and committed to increasing their economic empowerment, Schnack decided to start importing their items to make them readily available to buyers and supporters in the United States. Schnack calls Up from the Dust her "Passion” business, believing strongly in the empowerment that the company brings women around the word.

Schnack was also named one of the 50 Women of Influence and Power at the Minority Enterprise Advocate (MEA) Magazine awards luncheon in Washington DC. The Applauding Courage and Success themed luncheon honored 50 of the most successful women business leaders across the United States. The event was hosted by MEA Magazine, a publication of the Minority Enterprise Executive Council (MEEC), an organization helping small/minority, women, and veteran-owned businesses to attain strength and economic empowerment by increasing their business relationships and partnerships in public and private sectors.

Schnack advocates for women owned businesses through her involvement with community organizations. She has served on the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) national board of directors and was co-founder of NAWBO's International Forum. She is a National Founding Partner and on the executive advisory board for WIPP, a board member and co-chair of the International Committee of ATHENA International board of directors, and a certified woman-owned business by the National Women Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC).

About Mary Schnack & Associates

Mary Schnack & Associates is a full service public relations firm lead by Mary Schnack, a specialist in communications for almost 30 years. Schnack is an award-winning writer, reporter, public relations professional and advocate. She gives speeches and conducts communication trainings worldwide with an emphasis on public relations, media training, branding, and crisis communications. Visit for more information.

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