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Local businesswomen win awards at competition

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

Business growth program, Make Mine A Million $ Business, has selected Carrie D. Partello of East Coast Moving LLC and Elizabeth Casazza of AquaVida USA LLC as two of the 10 awardees from the Charlotte event on Oct. 7 at the Blake Hotel.

Partello was featured in a previous edition of The Beacon.

Casazza, a Brunswick County resident for the past 12 years, is the owner of AquaVida, a company she founded five years ago and still owns and operates today. The company manufactures detoxing systems for sale worldwide. These whole-body detox systems help the body remove heavy metals and toxins. AquaVida Detox systems are used by doctors, chiropractors, wellness centers, spas and home users.

The event featured female entrepreneurs from North and South Carolina who compete for business development packages that include money, marketing, mentoring and technology assistance to help their businesses grow into million-dollar enterprises.

The event also included educational and network opportunities, in addition to keynote speeches by Lt. Governor Beverly Perdue, Secretary of State Elaine Marshall and Count Me In Founder Nell Merlino.

Described as a cross between “The Apprentice” and “American Idol,” the competition provided 20 finalists from a field of 400 applicants the opportunity to present their business in a three-minute “elevator pitch” to a panel of business experts and a live audience. Ten winners were chosen by the audience and judges, who collaborated on the selection process.

Awardees will receive an extensive awards package that will help their businesses break through the million-dollar barrier.