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Linda Smith Nominated For NAWBO Award

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The Inland Empire chapter of National Association for Women Business Owners (NAWBO-IE) has nominated Four-D College President, CEO and Founder Linda Smith for its legacy award.

“The Legacy Award recognizes a woman who has achieved a truly amazing goal and, because of that, is leaving behind an incredible legacy,” said Gwen Thibeaux, NAWBO-IE chapter president.

“She has held onto a vision which has turned into an entity so powerful it will impact her community for years to come.”

Smith is one of three nominees for the Legacy Award, along with Sharon Baer of Daisy and Virginia Blumenthal of Blumenthal Law Offices. The National Association of Women Business Owners – Inland Empire will also award women business owners in the categories of Rising Star, Business Woman of the Year, Community Bridge Builder and Trailblazer.

The awards ceremony takes place 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 28 at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario. Registration is $65 per person until March 31 and $75 in April, or $675 for a table of 10 at any time.

Smith has created a legacy with Four-D College, which has campuses in Colton and Victorville.

She started the college in 1992 and since then has helped more than 10,000 people acquire an education to begin careers in health care.

Four-D College offers programs for licensed vocational nurse, medical assistant, dental assistant, medical billing and coding, pharmacy technician and massage therapy.

With help from the Career Placement Services office on both campuses, almost 100 percent of Four-D College graduates find that first job in their field.

“I am honored that my colleagues in the National Association for Women Business Owners have chosen to recognize me for my work in creating Four- D College,” Smith said.

“My ultimate goal in starting Four-D College was to have a place where I could encourage people to be their best. There may be challenges and setbacks, but if they are steadfast, they will be successful.”

The National Association of Women Business Owners represents the interests of America’s women business owners, propelling them into greater economic, social and political influence worldwide. Women-owned businesses are the fastest-growing segment of the economy, which NAWBO estimates at 10 million.

The Inland Empire chapter is one of 80 across the United States. It estimates there are nearly 100,000 women-owned businesses in San Bernardino and Riverside counties, generating about $32 billion annually in sales.

NAWBO - Inland Empire’s strives to increase growth and profitability of women-owned businesses, influence business and economic issues at the local, state and national levels of government, build women business owners’ relational networks, provide information and education about women-owned businesses and encourage more women to start their own businesses.

Four-D College provides education in the growing health care field at locations in Colton and Victorville. Four-D College offers programs in vocational nursing, medical assistant, medical billing and coding, dental assistant, massage therapy and pharmacy technician.

New courses begin monthly at Four-D College and courses are available in the morning, afternoon and evening to meet the needs of working students.

For more information our a tour, call (909) 783-9331 or in the High Desert call (760) 962-1325;, or go to www.4DCollege.com.

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