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Mayor Paul Finley, fourth from left, issued a proclamation that designates March 30 as Women-Owned Business Day. Local business professionals joining the mayor were Vicki Morris, from left, Samantha Brinkley, Alice Lessmann, Turkesa Lanier and Bonnie Powers. CONTRIBUTED

March 30 to commemorate Women-Owned Business Day

MADISON – The ambitious efforts of a woman to found and successfully operate her own company or service will be observed on March 30 in Madison.

Madison Mayor Paul Finley issued a proclamation to observe Women-Owned Business Day in the city on March 30. Finley presented the decree at the Madison City Council meeting on March 8, which coincided with International Women’s Day.

“The Women’s Business Council or WBC was honored to represent all women-owned businesses during the proclamation by Mayor Finley,” Alice Lessmann said.

Women from the business community accepted the proclamation from Finley:

* Samantha Brinkley — Founder and CEO of Rocket City HR Consulting. Brinkley is a human resource professional with more than 20 years of human resources management experience including executive, generalist and consulting roles for public and private sector employers and non-profit entities throughout the nation.

* Turkesa Lanier — Owner of Party Life Bus – Huntsville, which is a luxury transportation providing service for all types of special occasions.

* Alice Lessmann — CEO of Signalink Inc., which specializes in engineering and technical services in systems engineering, design and prototyping, manufacturing, integration, logistics, operations and sustainment, test and evaluation. Signalink employees develop software and provide systems administration and configuration management. Lessmann also serves on Madison Board of Education.

* Vicki Morris – Owner of Face To Face Marketing, a full-service marketing and communications firm that prioritizes the needs of each client. Morris helps clients find a creative voice with digital courses and coaching programs.

* Bonnie Powers — President of Cornerstone Supply Inc., which is a small, woman-owned wholesale distribution company specializing in military and aerospace hardware, fasteners, electronics, MRO supplies and equipment.

The Women’s Business Council is an advocate for women-owned businesses with the Huntsville – Madison County Chamber of Commerce. “The council strives to be the leader in developing and sustaining a fertile, creative environment in which diverse, women-owned businesses maintain a high level of success and make significant contributions to the economic well-being of our community,” Lessmann said.

In addition, the Women’s Business Council creates dynamic programming and networking opportunities to support women in business.

A candidate for membership in the Women’s Business Council is a female businessowner and shareholder with 51 percent or greater of company ownership. She must be a singular representative from a business that has been operating for two years minimum. In addition, she must be a member in good standing with Huntsville – Madison County Chamber of Commerce.

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