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Local entrepreneur gets a boost from Small Business Development Center

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On an average day, Trina Worrell Benjamin handles invoices, returns calls and emails, directs a team of nearly a dozen employees and manages a client roster that has included big names like Rite Aid and Toys“R”Us. She admits her first steps into entrepreneurship were not easy. But with the help of…

Local entrepreneur gets a boost from Small Business Development Center

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Woman Entrepreneurs Honored

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On Tuesday, October 11th, Emma Marie Page accepted the 16th Award for Women Entrepreneur (AWE) presented by the University of Scranton Small Business Development Center.

Ms. Page is the CEO of Marie Page Cleaning Services, LLC. The company is located in Reeders, of Northeast Pennsylvania. Ms. Page started the company in 1989 after investigating the need for a cleaning company in her community. During the company's infancy, her business consisted of only a handful of clients and two employees.

Today, Marie Page Cleaning has a team of vans and employees 19 workers. The company specializes in residential and commercial cleaning services. Ms. Page is a member of her local Chamber of Commerce, the Better Business Bureau, and the American Cancer Society. She is also a proud member of "Cleaning for a Reason," a nonprofit organization which provides free cleaning services to individuals with cancer.

“An AWE nominee is a woman entrepreneur who takes risks, gives back to her community, inspires others, and overcomes obstacles and challenges, all while growing her business,” said Donna Simpson, SBDC consultant and AWE organizer. “We are proud to honor outstanding examples of woman entrepreneurs.

Women of  Merit honorees include: Rita Lacey of Close the Loop, LLC; Karen Shiffert of Caregivers Aide, LLC and Kim Whipple of Whipple Performing Arts.

Learn more about the Award for Women Entrepreneur.

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Front row, 2011 AWE recipient Marie Page, Marie Page Cleaning Services, LLC. Back row, Rita Lacey, Close the Loop, LLC; Karen Shiffert, Caregivers Aide, LLC; Donna Simpson, University of Scranton SBDC; and Kim Whipple, Whipple Performing Arts.