Corona – Publisher and California assembly candidate Cheryl Brown will be feted for her three decades of entrepreneurial success at NAWBO’s annual Amazing Women of the Inland Empire Awards and Scholarship Banquet on Tuesday, April 19, at 6 pm at the Eagle Glen Golf Club in Corona. “To be recognized by such a pioneering group representing women business owners across the country is a tremendous honor,” affirms Brown. “It couldn’t come at a better time as I campaign throughout my assembly district talking to voters about what I would do to encourage small businesses and grow jobs.”
Founded in 1975, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is the unified voice of America's more than 10 million women-owned businesses representing the fastest growing segment of the economy. It is the nation’s only dues-based organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs across all industries boasting more than 7000 members and 70 chapters. In 1980, Brown and her husband Hardy founded Brown Publishing Company to produce a local paper, Black Voice News, focusing on community events and points of view, which has kept its presses running for 31 years.
In addition to her newspaper publishing credentials, Brown’s business acumen extends to broadcast media. She was a television talk-show host for 12 years on local access television, KCSB Channel 3, and made many promotional guest appearances on Burden of Proof, MSNBC, the Brian Williams’ Show and Channel 11 Fox News. For more than three decades, Brown has worked on the growth and development of her community. With her BA from Cal State San Bernardino, Brown went to work for the San Bernardino County Planning Department. She later served on the County and City Planning Commissions for 17 years. During her tenure as a commissioner, she was elected president of the California County Commissioners’ Association.
Brown’s years of experience in the California legislature extend from her posting as district representative for State Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod to her current work for Assemblywoman Wilmer Amina Carter. Her job is to make sure community issues – what matters to residents and business owners -- reach the Capitol.
“Cheryl Brown’s entrepreneurial success and her understanding of the value of small business to the California economy make her an ideal assembly member, capable of leading our state toward a robust recovery,” says Assemblywoman Wilmer Amina Carter. Expanding her business leadership capabilities, Brown became a founding member of the Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce and member of the Riverside Chamber of Commerce. She has won the Cal State Business Award, the Legacy Business Woman of the Year and the 2006 Minority Cornerstone Media Business of the Year Award.
“Women business owners are helping bring back our economy and women legislators know how important it is to encourage these efforts,” adds Brown. “It’s hard, even in the best of times, to keep a business going, and I’m proud that I’ve been able to keep my newspaper up and running for three decades. To be recognized by my peers in business is most gratifying and it reminds me of how important it is for experienced women entrepreneurs to share their knowledge with those just starting out. The National Association of Women Business Owners makes this possible.”
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