WBO Names Andrea Duffield of MOSAIC Rehabilitation, Inc. as Winner of the 2016 Nellie Cashman Woman Business Owner of the Year Award

2016shgphoto-andreaduffieldSEATTLE – Women Business Owners (WBO), one of Puget Sound’s leading organizations for women entrepreneurs, has named Andrea Duffield as the 35th winner of its annual Nellie Cashman Woman Business Owner of the Year Award (‘The Nellie’). Duffield was honored at the October 6 Nellie Awards Gala held at the Four Seasons Hotel, Seattle. The event also featured Emcee Connie Thompson of KOMO 4 News.

Duffield is the President and CEO of MOSAIC Rehabilitation, Inc., which operates four clinics in the greater Puget Sound area providing pediatric physical, occupational and speech therapy, as well as behavioral and psychological services to children, adolescents and young adults. In 2015, Duffield expanded the scope and type of services that MOSAIC provides to include home and community-based intervention services.

Duffield is a licensed Speech and Language Pathologist who received a master’s degree in this specialty from Western Washington University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix. She is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association, the Seattle Children‘s Hospital Autism Guild, and serves on the Board of Directors for Manos Unidas, a non-profit school for special needs children in Cusco, Peru.

Prior to serving on Manos Unidas’ board, she actively volunteered for multiple other local charities. She has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Puget Sound Business Journal’s Top 50 Women Owned Businesses in 2014 and 2015.

Since 1982, The Nellie Award has recognized and honored Washington women business owners who have demonstrated vision, perseverance, and fearless leadership in business and the community. To qualify, a nominee must own at least 51% of her business, have owned it for five years or more and have three or more employees. Candidates are judged on their entrepreneurial spirit, ethics and community commitment, financial and management skills, and the difficulty endured and risk undertaken to achieve their success.

Ellen (Nellie) Cashman (ca. 1850 – 1925) was an Irish immigrant, entrepreneur, gold miner, and community organizer with a string of businesses from British Columbia to Arizona that made her financially independent and universally admired. Thirty-five years ago, the Nellie Award was established to honor the legacy of this Seattle pioneer and recognize the continuing achievement and contributions of female entrepreneurs in our region.

In addition to Andrea Duffield, the 2016 Nellie Award finalists included some of the region’s top female entrepreneurs, each of whom share Nellie’s spirit, drive, and individuality. They all exhibit a remarkable track record of business success and community contribution. They are:

Sari Davidson, BooginHead
Terry L. Jacobson, MD, RPh, FACP, Terry L. Jacobson MD PLLC
Alissa Leinonen, Gourmondo Co.
Nancy Lee Smith, Washington Liftruck

Decades of Progress
The October 6 award event will also honor Nellie alumnae—past winners and finalists—and celebrate the progress women have made since the time of Nellie Cashman (when a woman couldn’t even have her own bank account), and since the first Nellie award was given 35 years ago.

Today, Seattle is recognized as one of the best cities for female entrepreneurs (in the Top 10, according to Inc. Magazine), and more than one third of the region’s privately held businesses are owned by women. There are now 9.9 million woman-owned businesses nationwide, which together generate $1.6 trillion in annual revenues. These entrepreneurial gains are set against the backdrop of an historic time in which we have three female jurists on the U.S. Supreme Court, and the first woman presidential candidate nominated by one of the two major parties.

Since its founding in 1979, WBO has been a peer group for woman entrepreneurs, providing support, networking, education, and community to help each other achieve business and personal success.

WBOs members and this year’s Nellie Award finalists are conquering the West and inspiring future generations of women entrepreneurs, just as Nellie Cashman did over a century ago!

About Women Business Owners
Women Business Owners helps the Puget Sound and Western Washington region’s female entrepreneurs become more connected, empowered and successful by providing a rich business referral network; insightful business education; personal and online connectivity and visibility; and strategic business support and inspiration.

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Anne Corning @ at 206-276-3257 or anne@corningworks.com

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• There has been 27% growth in the number of women-owned businesses in the U.S. between 2002 and 2012 (the latest year for which data is available); during the same period overall growth in the number of new businesses was just 2%
• One-third of all privately held firms in the Seattle/Bellevue/Everett area are women owned
• There are nearly 20,000 more women-owned businesses in the Seattle metro are than there were 12 years ago
• Washington State has seen a 43% increase since 1997 in women-owned businesses and an 80%+ increase in the sales revenue of women-owned businesses in the same time period
• Seattle ranks #8 among the nation’s cities with the greatest increase in female-owned firms since 2002