Tampa, FL – February 18, 2016 – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has announced it has selected Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, Inc. as one of 100 businesses from across the country to be named a DREAM BIG Blue Ribbon Small Business Award® winner.

The organization was selected from a record number of applicants for its success and contributions to America’s economic growth and vitality.

“Small businesses across America today face more economic and regulatory hurdles than ever before, but each of these outstanding companies is rising to the challenge,” said U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue. “These Blue Ribbon Award winners have worked hard, taken risks, and achieved success, helping strengthen their communities and local economies.”

MAOTeen will be honored at the 12th annual America’s Small Business Summit, June 13-15 in Washington, D.C., where one small business will receive the DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award and a $10,000 cash prize.

All Blue Ribbon Small Business Award® winners are eligible for the Community Excellence Award which recognizes one business that has found notable success in the eyes of its community. The winner of that award will be decided through online public voting going on now through March 4, 2016.

“We are proud to be recognized alongside some of the most competitive and impressive businesses in America,” said MAOTeen President Kim Parrish. “We encourage our supporters to vote for us until March 4th for the Community Excellence Award, which underscores the incredible outreach efforts undertaken by MAOTeen volunteers and participants over the last decade. They have contributed more than 70,000 volunteer hours and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for worthy causes annually.”

Founded in 2005 by MAOTeen Board Chair Donna Bozarth with a dream to invest in future generations through education, MAOTeen has evolved into one of the world’s leading providers of educational scholarships for deserving young people, making available more than $22 million in cash and in-kind college scholarships. In just a decade, it has developed nationally acclaimed competitions, mentoring programs and community-based initiatives that are active in every state.

“We believe in the empowering career skills MAOTeen offers young women, cementing our reputation not as a beauty pageant, but as a competition for young women to experience personal growth and become our nation’s next generation of leaders,” said MAOTeen Board Chair Donna Bozarth.

The DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Sam’s Club®, celebrates the success of small business and honors its contributions to America’s economic growth.

About Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, Inc.

One of the nation’s leading achievement programs, the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen organization encourages positive achievement by helping to nurture and build the scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, healthy living and community involvement of our nation’s youth. MAOTeen provides educational scholarships for deserving young people and has developed mentoring programs and community-based initiatives. The Miss America’s Outstanding Teen organization has a long-standing relationship with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Through this partnership, MAOTeen raised nearly $100,000 within a year to help improve the lives of children across the country. Additional information about the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen organization can be found at www.maoteen.org.
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