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Bay Area nonprofit for women entrepreneurs announces winners of 2011 competition

Walnut Creek, CA – Sandra James, owner/founder/partner of Private Eyes Inc., has been named a Woman Entrepreneur of the Year in Contra Costa County. The award is given by Bay Area nonprofit Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment and recognizes women business owners in the Bay Area who:

  • Have been successful despite the barriers that exist for women business owners
  • Exemplify how business ownership and leadership is beneficial for women
  • Have a positive impact on the local community or the community at large
  • Advance their business through innovation.

In recognizing these businesses, Women’s Initiative celebrates the power of small businesses in transforming communities through job creation and economic revitalization. In fact, recent research from Women’s Initiative shows that their graduates created or retained more than 4,300 jobs in 2010 alone.

The Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award recognizes these women entrepreneurs and their businesses for their leadership and positive contributions to their communities. Name will be recognized at the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Ceremony on Monday, November 14th at the Round Hill Country Club in Alamo.

Approximately 600 businesses were nominated for the award throughout the Bay Area and more than 42 women will be honored with the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year in regions throughout the Bay Area. For more information about the awards and a complete list of winners, go to

About Private Eyes, Inc.

Since 1999, the staff at Private Eyes, Inc. has committed themselves to providing the best pre-employment screening, background investigation and employment security solutions for businesses seeking to reduce their liability risk in their hiring procedures. Their clients include high-level Fortune 500 companies who are successful in large part due to their understanding the vital importance of hiring the right people and securing their hiring processes. For more information about Private Eyes, Inc. and the services offered, go to www.privateeyesinc.

About was founded in 2010 and is an industry pioneer in the tax verification field. With over 40 years of experience dealing with verification, compliance, and auditing for Banks, Lenders, Brokers, and Law Firms. For more information about and the services offered, go to

About Women’s Initiative

For more than 22 years, Women’s Initiative for Self Employment has been providing low-income, high potential women with the business training, funding and ongoing support to start their own business and becoming financially independent. The women who go through our training significantly increase their income and assets while launching businesses, creating jobs and stimulating the local economy.

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