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Women In Business Award Winners Announced

A few weeks ago, we told you about the nominations for the Columbia Daily Tribune Women in Business Awards. The winners were announced today, and we’re pleased to congratulate three outstanding women in the Columbia business community on their wins.

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Cindy Mustard won for Professional Excellence. Anyone that knows Cindy knows just how big her heart is, and after more than two decades of running the Voluntary Action Center, she’s readying for a well-deserved retirement. Cindy has been a cornerstone of the non-profit community in Columbia for years and has set an example of what giving back to the community and being a source of hope for the less fortunate is all about. We couldn’t be prouder of or happier for Cindy.

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Anne Churchill received the Emerging Businesswoman of the Year award. Anne owns and operates AnnaBelle Events & Rentals which provides turn-key event planning services for corporate and civic clients as well as those celebrating everyday life events. Anne is as homegrown as they come, graduating from Columbia College in 2008 and working at a few places around Mid-Missouri before opening AnnaBelle in October of last year. We can’t wait to see what else Anne will accomplish in her career. Congratulations Anne!

Michele Spry, President at Midway Electric and Vice President at Midway CSI (which she and her husband Brandon co-own) was named Businesswoman of the Year. Michele has helped to build the family business from the ground up, founding Midway Electric on

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November 1, 2001. The determination to start two companies with her husband and grow those into successful enterprises certainly deserves to be recognized, and we’re pleased Michele got that recognition today!

There’s plenty of nice things to say about all three of these outstanding women, so let’s talk about them in the comments!