to facilitate that listening function is exciting."
Female entrepreneurs represent a highly dynamic segment of the small business market. According to the Center for Women's Business Research, 10.1 million firms are majority-owned by women. As of 2008, these firms accounted for 40 percent of all privately held companies, employed more
than 13 million people and generated $1.9 trillion in sales.
As one of the nation's largest financial services companies and top small business lenders, Key provides financial services to thousands of women-owned businesses in 13 states.
The current group of board members will serve on the board for one year and meet twice.
Other members of the 2009/2010 Key4Women Board are:
Diane Brunner, owner and president of Davis College in Toledo, Ohio. Davis College offers quality higher education for career-driven students.
Brunner has led the 150-year-old institution since 1993, during which time the college has consistently experienced revenue growth.
Carrie Davenport, owner of Century Personnel, Inc. in Carmel, Indiana. Century Personnel, Inc. is a contingency recruiting firm specializing in the placement of professionals in the manufacturing, health care, and finance industries. The business was started in 1977 by Davenport's father. Davenport joined the firm in 1980 and became sole owner in 2005.
Century Personnel is a Certified Women Business Enterprise in the State of Indiana.
Marsha Firestone is founder and president of the Women Presidents' Organization (WPO), a nonprofit peer advisory program for women-owned businesses that exceed $2 million in annual revenues. She was an original member of the Key4Women advisory board and has been reappointed. The Women President's Organization has more than 80 chapters worldwide. Key is a long-time sponsor of the WPO and host to many of the WPO chapters across its 13-state footprint.
Wendy Goldstein, owner of Costume Specialists in Columbus. Costume Specialists designs, manufactures and maintains costumes for corporations and theaters. The company employs 46 people and operates a retail store