Conference is a testament to our dedication to supporting the growth and success of women-led businesses in our community.

ORLANDO, FL, March 21, 2024 /24-7PressRelease/ — The Orlando Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is thrilled to announce the finalists for the esteemed PropelHER Pitch Competition. This event is set to be a highlight at the upcoming annual Take Flight Women’s Business Conference, scheduled for April 4, 2024, at Full Sail University’s Live Venue, located at 141 University Boulevard in Winter Park, Florida. This event is made possible by Full Sail University and Duke Energy.

After an intense selection process, six outstanding women entrepreneurs – three in the Emerging category and three in the Established category – are set to compete in the PropelHER Pitch Competition. These finalists represent the innovative spirit and diversity of talent within the women business owner community.

Emerging Category Finalists:

• Emily Warner of Saddle Up Burger Barn, an Orlando-based, women-owned food truck offering locally sourced grass-fed burgers and fresh, quality meals, committed to excellence in flavor, cleanliness, and community engagement.
• Kelly Edmondson of The Memory Box, a compassionate grief gift service, providing personalized support through tokens of remembrance for each milestone of the first year of loss, fostering healing and remembrance.
• Leah Stiles of SEA WAVES, a groundbreaking 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to addressing the critical and underrecognized issue of eating disorders within the military community.

Established Category Finalists:

• Buffy Barrott of Residential Matchmakers streamlines the daunting relocation process for newcomers to Central Florida, offering expert guidance and resources for finding housing and essential services, significantly reducing settlement time.
• Jessica Krupa of Panty Promise – revolutionizing women’s health with the first gynecologist-recommended, organic intimate apparel, merging Femtech innovation and style inclusivity for every body.
• Patricia Tanner of Get Real Estateblished combines education and play, offering a dynamic real estate board game that cultivates financial knowledge and strategic acumen through property development and investment simulation.

Each finalist will have the unique opportunity to present their business live, competing for cash rewards and in-kind services aimed at accelerating business growth and success.

NAWBO Orlando’s President, Christa Santos, emphasizes, “Access to resources is critical for success. The PropelHER Pitch Competition is designed to connect these brilliant women entrepreneurs with the tools, exposure, and capital they need to elevate their businesses – propelling them to next phase of success.”

The PropelHER Pitch is more than a competition; it’s a launchpad for growth, providing skill development, exclusive networking, and a platform to refine and ignite business plans. These finalists have already demonstrated exceptional vision and leadership, and they will now have the chance to share their aspirations with a wider audience.

Witness the future of women-led business at Full Sail Live, where extraordinary women entrepreneurs will passionately pitch to a panel of seasoned professionals. This event shines a light on their remarkable achievements and underscores NAWBO Orlando’s dedication to empowering women to reach their entrepreneurial aspirations. Be part of this inspiring event and see the visionaries of today take center stage to present their business dreams.

NAWBO Orlando is committed to fostering an environment where women entrepreneurs can flourish. This conference is a testament to our dedication to supporting the growth and success of women-led businesses in our community.

For more information and to register for the Take Flight Business Conference Featuring the PropelHER Pitch Competition, please visit – NOTE: Early registration discounts are available before March 22!

A 5-Star Award Recipient, NAWBO Orlando’s vision is to propel women entrepreneurs into economic, social, and political spheres of power worldwide. Our mission is to strengthen the wealth-creating capacity of NAWBO Orlando’s members and promote economic development; create innovative and effective changes in the business culture; build strategic alliances, coalitions, and affiliations; and transform public policy and influence opinion–makers. Founded in 1975, NAWBO is the unified voice of more than 12 million women-owned businesses in the United States, representing the fastest growing segment of the economy.

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