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2013 Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards Seeking Entrants

The Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) is accepting entries for its 2013 Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards (CMA). This program is part of the Citi Foundation’s global microentrepreneurship awards program across 35 countries, which raises awareness of the importance of microentrepreneurship and microfinance in supporting the economic empowerment of individuals.

At its core, the CMA awards platform in the U.S. spotlights Main Street microbusinesses that have proven they have the ability to create jobs and have a positive impact on the lives of their owners and their communities. The program also recognizes microbusiness development organizations (MDOs) who have developed innovative approaches to provide enhanced business-support services to their clients.

Finalists will attend the CMA Luncheon during AEO’s National Conference, Wednesday, May 8, in St. Louis, Mo.

Before the luncheon begins, Daymond John, founder and CEO of FUBU, will join us for a live interview to share his inspiring story with awards’ finalists and conference attendees. John, who also is a star of ABC’s “Shark Tank,” built FUBU into an iconic lifestyle brand. He also is a best-selling author and much sought after branding expert. John will share his experiences as a microbusiness owner, and how he expanded his business into a global enterprise.

Jeanette Mulvey

Jeanette has been writing about business for more than 20 years. She has written about every kind of entrepreneur from hardware store owners to fashion designers. Previously she was a manager of internal communications for Home Depot. Her journalism career began in local newspapers. She has a degree in American Studies from Rutgers University. Follow her on Twitter @jeanettebnd.