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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, June 10, 2013

Local Woman Entrepreneur Named Fastest Growing Company of the Year

The 4th annual Women Entrepreneurs Rock the World, hosted by Savor the Success, the premiere business network for women entrepreneurs, took place in New York City in May.


Women Entrepreneurs Rock the World

(back) Emily Holdridge, Kristin Fraser Cotte, Shasta Nelson, Jessica Herrin, Savor the Success founder Angela Jia Kim, Payson Cooper, Allison Jagtiani, Alison Raffaele, (front) Amy E. Goodman, Michele Howe Clarke, Janice Hoffmann, Nika Stewart

The event was sponsored by Whole Foods and American Express OPEN. The Awards Ceremony honored top and emerging women entrepreneurs. Jessica Herrin was honored as Woman Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 for Stella & Dot. She spoke to the audience about how women can “think bigger” before leading a private mentoring session with other award winners. The public submitted nominees and a panel of judges chose the winners based on merit, caliber, and growth in the past year.

The 2013 Award Winners are:

Fastest Growing Company of the Year Award 2013

Kristin Fraser Cotte for The Grapeseed Company

Conference of the Year Award 2013

Katherine Gordon for 3% Conference

Breakout Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2013

Nika Stewart for GhostTweeting.com

Trailblazer Award 2013

Shasta Nelson for Girlfriend Circles

Website of the Year Award 2013

Alexa Hirschfeld for Paperlesspost.com

Author of the Year Award 2013

Michele Howe Clarke for Face Forward

Product Company of the Year Award 2013

Alison Raffaele for Alison Raffaele Cosmetics

Savor Sister of the Year Award 2013

Payson Cooper of Marketing in the Morning

Mission-Driven Company of the Year Award 2013

Emily Holdridge for Everything Happy

Media Maven of the Year Award 2013

Amy E. Goodman of Wear This, Toss That

Coach of the Year Award 2013

Janice Hoffmann for Success is Sweetest

Food/Beverage Company of the Year Award 2013

Allison Jagtiani for Goji Gourmet

Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2013

Jessica Herrin for Stella & Dot

Kristin Fraser Cotte started The Grapeseed Company out of a tiny Santa Barbara kitchen apartment as a hobby back in 2004 when she was teaching elementary school in Goleta. Today, The Grapeseed Company creates over 80 botanical beauty products from the byproduct of wine. In addition to selling at their two brick and mortar stores in Santa Barbara and Carpinteria, Grapeseed Co. products are available through spas and retailers all over the world.

“We are incredibly honored to be recognized on this level,” says Cotte, “I am most thankful and proud of the humble but mighty team we’ve built over the past year to accomplish this type of growth!”

In the past year, The Grapeseed Company team has opened their second retail store, released 16 new products, participated in celebrity gifting at the Oscars GBK Gift Lounge, formulated a spa line and signature treatments for the new Spa at El Encanto by Orient Express, and will be launching over 30 products in Santa Barbara, Oxnard and Thousand Oaks Whole Foods stores this June. The Grapeseed Company has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Health, Self, Women’s Health Magazine, and other major media outlets.

Savor The Success’ Rock the World conference gathers America’s top, female entrepreneurs and executives to inspire and empower women to build a prosperous business and life. Attendees learn how to develop essential leadership skills, increase productivity and recruit top quality staff, all while networking with like-minded women. Notable speakers at the 2013 conference included Gilt.com co-founder Alexis Maybank, swimwear designer Malia Mills, MSNBC’s JJ Ramberg, Yummie Tummie founder Heather Thomson, and the author of Start With Why, Simon Sinek. Rock the World provides conference attendees with the nuts-and-bolts know-how, resources, strategies, and connections needed to succeed.

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