The Women’s Business Connection, Chester County’s premier women’s networking group, recently honored its Business Woman of the Year, Debi Friedmann of Blue Dog Printing and Design in West Chester, at its Virtual Awards Luncheon.
“Debi’s contributions to the WBC have been extensive and long-lasting,” said WBC president Diana Mattingly, a Vice President at First Resource Bank. “What also makes her stand out are her contributions to our communities. She’s a tireless volunteer for business, networking, and charity organizations. Business Woman of the Year is about more than just running a thriving business, and Debi is the perfect role model for all of us.”
Friedmann, who graduated from Elizabethtown College, is a graphic designer by trade. In 1996, she formed her own business, Designing Wright, the predecessor to Blue Dog Printing & Design.
Friedmann serves on the Occupational Advisory Board for the Technical College High School, Brandywine Campus. She is a member of EOA (Entrepreneurs Organization Accelerators) and serves on its board of directors. In May 2019, she graduated from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program, Cohort 18. December 2018 marked the conclusion of her roles on the board of directors for the WBC and the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce. As a member of the Rotary Passport Club of West Chester, she is also involved in several service projects, including Community Warehouse Project and Stockings For Soldiers.
The WBC also recognized its outgoing Community Partner, The Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County, and its Volunteer of the Year, Nina Margusity Yentzer.
Yentzer is an attorney with a solo practice in Cochranville, as well as a nurse at the Valley Creek Crisis Center in Exton. For approximately 42 years, she was a full-time nurse with the Department of Veterans Affairs, both in Wilmington, Del., and Coatesville. She has also been an adjunct professor at Immaculata University for the RN to BSN program.
Yentzer is notable for her expertise on numerous mental health topics, particularly preventing and managing violence in the workplace, the use of and alternatives to restraints in medical settings, and health law and nursing and the law.
“Every nonprofit in Chester County needs a volunteer as dedicated and valuable to their organization as Nina is for The Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County, Inc.,” said Christine Zaccarelli, the CVC’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are so grateful for her support of our outreach events, fundraising efforts, and everything she does to further CVC’s mission in the community. She’ the perfect example of a Volunteer of the Year!”
Shortly after joining the WBC, Dee Hurford of Dee Hurford Designs in Glen Mills took on the organization’s role of Community Partner liaison. She was immediately impressed with the CVC, a nonprofit that serves victims of all types of crime, including domestic violence.
“I met with the CVC’s CEO, Christine Zaccarelli, and was taken with the passion she expressed about how the CVC impacts the lives of the people it serves,” said Hurford. “This bolstered the importance of my role: to help raise funds to support its mission. In addition to raising funds, it was an honor work on the Volunteer of the Year Award for the past two years. The WBC is delighted to be a vehicle to acknowledge the contributions of the CVC’s amazing volunteers.”
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