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With Honors

Meet the winners of Avon's 1997 Women of Enterprise Awards.

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This story appears in the June 1997 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

A triumph often means more when it's a victory over something, whether it be tragedy, prejudice, professional hardship or a personal handicap. The winners of the prestigious Avon's Women of Enterprise Awards have tasted the sweetest of such victories. "There's a courage, a determination, a certain spirit that all these women have in common," says Avon's Kathleen Walas, who adds this is the only award program that recognizes women business owners who have overcome adversity in their lives.

This year, Janet Avery, Georgia Buchanan, Arlene Maus, Teresa McBride, Carmen Munoz and Deborah Naybor were selected from Avon's nationwide search, which included input from the Small Business Administration and more than 200 women's organizations.

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