SBA Selects Desiree Patno, NAWRB CEO – 2016 Women in Business Champion of the Year

Santa Ana, CA, April 27, 2016 — The U.S. Small Business Administration, Santa Ana District Office has selected Desirée Patno, Chief Executive Officer, National Association of Women in Real Estate Businesses (NAWRB), as the 2016 Women in Business Champion of the Year Award. Patno was nominated for the award by Shideh Balali, Director of Strategic Partnerships, NAWRB, in recognition of her leadership and efforts in addressing and raising awareness about women and women-owned businesses in the real estate industry.

Desirée Patno is the founder of the National Association of Women in Real Estate Businesses (NAWRB) and Desirée Patno Enterprises, Inc. (DPE). Through NAWRB, she advocates for the increased utilization of women-owned businesses and mentors female entrepreneurs for future successful business ownership.
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Helen Hanna Casey

President & Chief Executive Officer of Real Estate Brokerage Howard Hanna Real Estate Services

Helen Hanna Casey 

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Helen Hanna Casey details her life as a leading woman in business, from her dedication to her family, agents and employees to producing Broadway plays. She chronicles the process of growing a business and delineates what to do, and what not to do, as the member of a family business and a woman entrepreneur.

NAWRB: What does family mean to you and what is your advice to entrepreneurs thinking of going into business with their families?

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