Pleasanton, CA (PressExposure) October 17, 2011 -- Melinda Garcia, managing shareholder of the Pleasanton business law firm Garcia & Gurney, has been named Woman Entrepreneur of the Year by the Bay Area nonprofit Women's Initiative for Self-Employment.
The award recognizes women business owners who:
Have been successful despite the barriers that exist for woman business owners
Exemplify how business ownership and leadership is beneficial for women and their families
Have a positive impact on local community or the community at large and/or
Advance their business through innovation.
"This award means a lot to me because Women's Initiative for Self Employment does such a great job in promoting women entrepreneurship," said Garcia. "I applaud their fine work and congratulate the other winners who make such positive contributions to their local economies and communities."
More than 600 Bay Area women were nominated and 42 received the award. A complete list of winners is available at womensinitiative website.
About Women's Initiative
Women's Initiative for Self Employment is the largest microenterprise training and funding organization in the country. For more than 20 years, the Bay Area nonprofit has been providing low-income women with the business training, access to funding, and ongoing support to start and grow their own businesses and become financially self-sufficient.
Attorney Melinda Garcia is the Managing Shareholder at the Pleasanton law firm Garcia & Gurney, where she focuses on providing businesses with the legal advice and assistance they need to compete in today's market. As a litigator, Ms. Garcia regularly appears in California state courts and private forums such as arbitrations and mediations. As a transactional lawyer, Ms. Garcia has acquired the expertise to competently advise businesses with respect to employment issues, intellectual property, business organization, real estate acquisition, commercial leasing, mergers and acquisitions, international business transactions, and other matters.
Ms. Garcia is known for her keen business sense and her ability to provide effective legal solutions for both businesses and individuals. Ms. Garcia believes that it is extremely important to learn as much as possible about her clients' business needs and operating environment, and she is a firm believer in sharing her knowledge with her clients and others. Ms. Garcia has educated business owners all over California with her popular lecture, "The Ten Things Every Small Business Owner Should Know." She has also taught continuing legal education courses on the formation, taxation, and operation of Limited Liability Companies and Limited Liability Partnerships in California, and has been the keynote speaker for the San Francisco Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners and various local chambers of commerce and networking organizations.