For Immediate Release:


Poulsbo, WA Feb 2009 – Maria Marsala was named the Chic of the Week, an award for women business owners this week by The Chic Entrepreneur. Maria will be featured on the website homepage all week with a full page profile highlighting her success in business. The Chic of Week Award was developed by Elizabeth Gordon author of the Women in Business 21-week bestseller, The Chic Entrepreneur: Put Your Business in Higher Heels as a way to help women in business highlight and share their success.

Maria Marsala is the Senior Strategic Coach and Trainer at Elevating Your Business located at Poulsbo, WA

This week her success will be celebrated. She will be featured exclusively in the Chic Spotlight, with a full description of her business accomplishments, philosophy and why she is a Chic Entrepreneur. Her profile will be archived on the website and added to growing list and photo gallery of high achieving entrepreneurial women around the US who have enjoyed this honor since April of 2004, coinciding with the release of the book it was named for.

Elizabeth Gordon says “I am thrilled to have added Maria to our wall of fame. We choose our Chic of the Week winners based on their business strategy, their attitude, their style and savvy, and their success and fulfillment, and Maria certainly is a Chic Entrepreneur!”

Gordon says the current business landscape is ripe for female entrepreneurs. Historically women have been underrepresented in the ranks of entrepreneurs – but that is rapidly changing as recent years have seen women starting new businesses at twice the rate of men. Even the most male dominated industries are slowly wizening up to the fact that they need women in business for that all important female perspective.

“Women make great business owners– they are highly creative, terrific problem solvers and amazing at juggling multiple priorities, making them ideal in a startup situation. The skills required to run a household are remarkably transferrable to the role of small business owner,” she says.

Unlike men, women’s version of success has multiple dimensions. While financial success is important to them, women also measure their success in terms of impacting others and being able to enjoy an ideal lifestyle. “A Chic Entrepreneur is not a workaholic, she makes her own Chic Schedule by making her business work for her,” says Gordon. “Maria Marsala has done it!”

Gordon wrote The Chic Entrepreneur to teach women that they can be in control of their own economic power, without sacrificing their femininity. In it she shows former corporate women and business novices step-by-step how to build a business that will bring them the financial and lifestyle rewards they seek and use the fact that they are a woman to their advantage. “Women experience life differently than men and they make decisions differently; therefore they do business differently,” says Gordon. Adding, “now thanks to our foremothers, we can do business as women and succeed as women, and that’s what being a Chic Entrepreneur is all about.”


Maria Marsala, founder of Elevating Your Business, is a former Fortune 300 executive, business strategist, author, and speaker. Maria entered the business world at 14 as an Avon representative and started her “second” career on Wall Street at the tender age of 17. Working for such formerly well-respected firms as Merrill Lynch, Dean Witter Reynolds, and Bear Stearns, Maria’s fierce determination and keen business insights led her to becoming a bond trader at a time when women executives were a rare commodity. Since 1998, Maria has worked with CEOs and Presidents, addressing the challenges of growing 6 and 7-figure companies, helping her clients streamline and automate their operations, so they can earn more, work less, and enjoy a higher quality life. For more information visit

About The Chic Entrepreneur
Elizabeth Gordon is the founder and President of Flourishing Business®, an advisory firm for entrepreneurs headquartered in Atlanta, that sells licenses globally. Before she became an entrepreneur, she spent 10 years consulting and managing at Fortune 500 companies, privately held firms and state and national governments. Her first book, The Chic Entrepreneur: Put Your Business in Higher Heels was published by Robert D. Reed in May of 2008 and has hit the women in business bestseller list for 21 weeks. In November 2008, Ms. Gordon was honored as a Business Up and Comer and named the prestigious 40 Under 40 list by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Ms. Gordon is on the Board of Advisors for the newly launched Pink Payments, the first for women, by women, supporting women merchant services provider supporting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. She was a charter member for Zonta Buckhead, a nonprofit with the mission of advancing the status of women worldwide. She has previously served on the Board of Directors of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). For more information, visit or

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