The Women’s Business Center held a luncheon on May 13th to celebrate the winners of the 5th Annual Ignite Awards! The awards were created to bring the business community together with women entrepreneurs to support their business growth and foster a thriving economy. There is a real need for the greater business community in WNY to come together to celebrate and support Women-Owned Businesses. According to research done by the WBC, since 2016, the annual growth rate for the number of women-owned firms has doubled annually and now make up more than 42% of all businesses in the U.S. However, the COVID-19 pandemic revealed the diverse challenges that working women and female entrepreneurs face daily. Last year, during the pandemic, the WBC served nearly 350 unique individuals/businesses which resulted in: 12 new businesses launched, access to 29 new business loans, and over $29 million in gross revenues. With a focus on inclusion, 43% of WBC businesses are self-described as Black or minority-owned.
Robbie Raugh is a Registered Nurse and Board Certified Integrative Health, Fitness & Nutrition Practitioner. She draws on her 35+ years of experience in health and wellness and is the President of The Raugh Truth LLC – Integrative Health, and Creator and Instructor of Fitness & Nutrition Raw NRG Exercise Video Series. She is the author of The Raw Truth Recharge Book – 7 Truths for Total Health and Fitness. She also reaches out to communities around the country in speaking engagements. She hosts her own weekly Raw Truth Radio Show and presents Health & Nutrition segments regularly on ABC TV, ESPN TV, Podcasting and Zoom. She is a Nutritionist & Fitness Instructor for Catalyst Fitness; is a featured instructor in the Kinetic Workout “Live” International Video, and the Raw NRG Exercise Videos; Former National Aerobic Champion Judge; Former Trainer of the Trainers and National Group Exercise Director for Bally Total Fitness for 5000 Instructors and 430 Clubs Internationally.
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